We have lost a friend- Leila Abu-Saba

I regret to inform the SST community that Leila Abu-Saba has left us all after reaching the end of her long struggle with cancer.

Requiescat in pace.  pl


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51 Responses to We have lost a friend- Leila Abu-Saba

  1. Brad Ruble says:

    I came to this site from Dove’s Eye View. My thoughts go out to her family.

  2. confusedponderer says:

    That is lamentable. I like her blog, and her cooking recipes.

  3. Maureen Lang says:

    How very sad for her family. I always enjoyed reading Leila’s comments here at SST & found my way to her blog through them, which is a wonderful blog. My husband’s sister also passed away from cancer last week, so this prayer is for them both:
    Réquiem ætérnam dona eis, Dómine,
    et lux perpétua lúceat eis.
    Requiéscant in pace.
    My thoughts & prayers go out to Leila’s family during this difficult time.

  4. Cold War Zoomie says:

    Very sad news. RIP.

  5. jdledell says:

    I have followed Leila’s comments in various forums for a long time. She always had a perspective which caused me to pause and think. I will miss her and my thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  6. peg says:

    RIP, Leila….

  7. gloria p says:

    How sad for all of us who followed her life and illness. I have “known” Leila online for quite a few years and she was a bright, interesting, talented woman.
    My sincere sympathy to her husband and sons.

  8. Sidney O. Smith III says:

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Leila Abu-Saba. She always came across as courageous, thoughtful and caring, the best of the Telegraph Ave – Berkeley spirit. And she certainly helped deepen my appreciation of the veneration of St. George by Arabs and Muslims.
    Blessed are the peacemakers…

  9. Carlo Milono says:

    We had a few private conversations – I found her a smart, kind person and a potential friend with many mutual interests.

  10. Nancy K says:

    I read today with sadness about Leila’s passing. I found her blog through your site and have enjoyed her articles and her wonderful recipes.

  11. zanzibar says:

    RIP Leila! We will miss you and your humanity.

  12. jr786 says:

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un.
    Condolences to her family.

  13. ThomasG says:

    I always liked her comments on the blog. My thoughts go out to her family. God willing she is in peace now.

  14. mo says:

    As most of us only know her virtually, we can only mourn the loss of a person who brought a lot of humanity and sympathy to subjects ususally hugely absent of both and a compassion that will sorely be missed.
    My sympathies go to her family & friends who will feel the loss far greater than us.
    Allah yirhamik ya Leila

  15. I am sorry for the blog because Leila had a unique and very informative perspective on many posts. I also am sorry very sorry for her family. Odd how often cancer when it strikes the young and very young is so destructive. Disclosure–am a cancer survivor myself.

  16. Matthew says:

    And I also enjoyed her well-written posts followed by her Arabic name.

  17. David Habakkuk says:

    A most civilised lady. I will miss her comments.

  18. Pat Lang,
    I’ve looked forward to reading her thoughtful and well-phrased postings on SST. She was a truly gentle person and I should like to extend my sympathy to her family and friends.

  19. JimV says:

    Her “Hello Kind World” post at http://bedouina.typepad.com/ is one of very few blog posts that I have printed to a file so that I can read it again and again.

  20. jonst says:

    Leila added a truly unique, and insightful, perspective to the STT community. She will be missed. I hope for peace and recovery for her family and loved ones.

  21. Babak Makkinejad says:

    No man is an island, entire of itself.
    Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
    If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were.
    Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind
    and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee.

  22. Bill Wade, NH says:

    My sympathies to the family.

  23. Green Zone Cafe says:

    That is sad news, condolences to her family. She made a difference.

  24. optimax says:

    Her kind heart will continue to live in her family and friends, RIP.

  25. johnf says:

    >As most of us only know her virtually, we can only mourn the loss of a person who brought a lot of humanity and sympathy to subjects ususally hugely absent of both and a compassion that will sorely be missed.

  26. frank durkee says:

    I would simply like to “amen” the comments above.

  27. Gatun Lake says:

    My thoughts are to her family and those that loved her.
    May the gods wash her hair,
    may the gods wash her feet……..

  28. Jose says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family, RIP.

  29. Inna li-llahi wa inna ilay-hi raji3oon

  30. John Minnerath says:

    RIP Fair Lady.

  31. Cloned Poster says:

    A gentle humanist that looked on the bright side of the human spirit, and never a cynic.
    RIP Leila.

  32. Medicine Man says:

    Rest in peace

  33. Fred says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family.

  34. DaveGood says:

    A wise and kind lady who deserves a wider remembrance then those of us here who had the chance to learn something of what she valued.
    May her spirit know peace.
    May her husband , who knew the joy of her presence and the sorrow of her loss weld them into something new to sustain and project what they shared into their children’s futures.
    I will miss her voice.

  35. Cieran says:

    She demonstrated what was good and right about humanity, and I enjoyed every word she wrote, here and elsewhere. We will miss her gentle wit, her kindness, and her insight.

  36. lina says:

    Loved her words and her recipes.
    Prayers for her family.

  37. I will miss her. Her words expressed a wonderful humanness and her efforts to live a better life brings to my mind this verse from Rumi:
    Humble living does not diminish. It fills.
    Going back to a simpler self gives wisdom.


  38. LeaNder says:

    My husband’s sister also passed away from cancer last week, so this prayer is for them both
    My condolences to both of you. Cancer is accompanying me since I worked on the main cancer ward in Berlin after my high school exams. At the moment I am accompanying my partner’s sister who has Multiple Myeloma, it tends to be discovered in the final state.

  39. Maureen Lang says:

    Thank you for your kindness in noting my sister-in-law’s death.
    I hope that Leila’s family & friends will find their way to this thread & derive some comfort from reading the comments therein.

  40. David says:

    My condolences to her family and friends. I will miss her unique viewpoint.

  41. LeaNder says:

    Thanks, Maureen, my good bye to Leila is buried in another thread. I hoped so much she would make it. She was a wonderful woman. May her family derive comfort that it was wonderful as long as it lasted, and that she will always remain as a voice inside.

  42. Julie says:

    Dear friends,
    Leila’s memorial will be this Saturday, October 17, at 2pm at St. Lawrence O’Toole church, 3725 High Street, Oakland, CA — all are welcome.
    Julie (friend of Leila’s)

  43. fasteddiez says:

    My sympathy to the family. Leila was always a voice of reason on SST.

  44. Charles I says:

    My condolences to Leila’s family and community.
    Once in a while she’d email me with a “Great rant at SST today!”
    The MOST un-nerving thing in my aged mother’s years long battle with cancer was the number of quite young women encountered in the pre-surgical screening clinics.

  45. WILL says:

    wearing green, her body was slain by the black dragon
    but her spirit lives on

  46. Mary says:

    I so loved the comments of Leila here and in other forums. So sad to hear that she passed away. Rest in peace, Leila. We will carry forward with the struggle.

  47. YT says:

    I was deceived…by her posts on her blog. I thought she had recovered from her ordeal. My condolences to her family and especially her poor husband who must at present be in the depths of misery.

  48. china_hand says:

    I’m quite sorry to hear this. I did not realize that the Leila, here, was the progenitor of Dove’s Eye View.
    She was a kind and peaceful person, and our society is a worse place without her.

  49. Bobby Murray says:

    Thank you Leila, you are missed. My apologies for being late and thank you Pat for putting this up.

  50. different clue says:

    I have only recently been reading these posts in reverse order after a time away. I am disappointed to read this. I thought she was on the road to recovery.
    I believe some of the recipes on her blog came from Claudia Roden’s various foodbooks. I imagine she would have wanted us to read those books. She also mentioned Sharon Astyk from time to time as an inspirator for her own modern-day Subsistence 2.0 preparation efforts. I should think she might also want us to be reading Sharon Astyk and maybe even acting on some of
    Sharon Astyk’s advice and warnings.
    We lost someone in our family to cancer some time ago. No one can know anyone else’s pain. I can only suppose it has to hurt.

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