Memorial of Moustafa Mahmoud Elhamshary at PerCom 2018

Moustafa Elhamshary, one of our authors and a conference participant passed away, after complications due to a heart attack, this Wednesday before arriving to the conference banquet venue. The general chairs, the steering committee chair and two of Moustafa's coauthors have held a quick memorial this (Thursday) morning and conference participants were asked to observe a minute of silence in remembrance of Moustafa's life and achievements. Moustafa presented his paper Tuesday: Moustafa Elhamshary and Moustafa Youssef (Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology -EJUST, Egypt), Akira Uchiyama, Hirozumi Yamaguchi, Teruo Higashino (Osaka University, Japan), "CrowdMeter: Congestion Level Estimation in Railway Stations Using Smartphones" The pictures show Moustafa presenting the above paper Tuesday, and Mohan Kumar (PerCom SC Chair) during the remembrance.

Tribute to Moustafa Elhamshary by Moustafa Alzantot

Losing a brilliant teacher is a big loss.. Losing a loyal friend is a painful thing.. Losing a big brother, a strong support in facing the troubles of dunya, and a big heart that accepts you when the world becomes narrow for you is a too difficult event.. What is harder than all of theses, is to lose all of that at once and it happens suddenly after one day since you last talked with each other promising to took again soon, but Allah’s decision is always done.
Moustafa travelled last week in a short trip to Greece to attend a conference and present one of his research papers.. But Allah’s decision was to make him die only few hours after doing the job of presenting his work. This is only a reminder that all of us should remember that every human has nothing other than his deeds and all deeds will be seen by Allah. It is also reminder of that we cannot do anything against Allah’s decision and we have always to revise ourselves about how to make use of this life before death.. What are our life priorities and what are the things that makes our life valuable.. And what makes us cheer up or cry..
We have nothing to do other than surrendering to the will of Allah and we only say what is useful for us and him “Oh Allah place him in Jannah and bless his family the serenity and patience.. And take care of his kids with your ultimate mercy”... Oh Allah, he died stranger and he moved to that land only to seek and deliver knowledge according to your guidance while enduring his sickness with a calm heart. Oh Allah make him with martyrs and prophets and make his sickness and good manners as an atonement for him.
Oh Allah, we knew that he was loyal in every word and action, so please reward him for the good deeds, and forgive his shortcomings with your mercy and forgiveness. Oh Allah please be a help and support to his family and take care of them.
Please make duaa, ask Allah to grant him forgness and to grant his family patience..
Oh Allah, don’t let us lose his reward and don’t make us subject to fitna after him, and forgive us and him, and all muslims..
“Indeed, Allah [alone] has knowledge of the Hour and sends down the rain and knows what is in the wombs. And no soul perceives what it will earn tomorrow, and no soul perceives in what land it will die. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (Luqman 34)


فقدان معلماً و زميلاً ذكياً خسارة كبيرة, وفقدان الصديق الوفي أمراً مؤلماً و فقدان أخاً كبيراً و عونا قوياً في مواجهة متاعب الدنيا و قلب كبيراً يتسع لك عندما تضيق بك الأرض بما رحبت يكون حدثاً صعباً فالأكثر إيلاماً من ذلك هو أن تفقد كل هذا معاً في لحظة مفاجأة بعد يوم على آخر حديث بينكم تواعدتم خلاله بالحديث مجدداً و لكن كان قضاء الله مفعولاً...
سافر مصطفى في رحلة قصيرة الى اليونان لحضور أحد المؤتمرات و عرض أحد أبحاثه و قد شاءت إرادة الله أن يتوفى بعد ساعات قليلة من تقديم بحثه في المؤتمر.. إن هذه إلا تذكرة بأنه ليس للانسان الا ما سعى و أن سعيه سوف يرى و أن أجل الله إذا جاء فلا حيلة لنا و لا قوة وأن علينا دوماً ان نراجع أنفسنا عن كيف نستفيد من الحياة قبل الموت و ما هي أولويات حياتنا و ما هي تلك الأشياء التي تجعل حياتنا ذات قيمة و ما الذي يبهجنا أو يبكينا !
اللهم لا يسعنا سوى التسليم بمشيئتك و قضائك و لا نقول سوى ما ينفعنا و ينفعه "اللهم ادخله برحمتك في جنات النعيم و ارزق أهله السكينة و الصبر و تول صغاره برحمتك التي وسعت كل شيئاً"
اللهم إنه توفى غريباً و لم يرحل إلى تلك البلاد سوى طلباً لنشر العلم و تحصيله سعياً لرضاك و استجابةً تعاليمك متحملاً مرضه بقلب راض فاكتبه اللهم مع الصديقين و الشهداء و الصالحين و حسن أولئك رفيقا و اجعل مرضه و حسن خلقه كفارة له.
اللهم انه كان مخلصاً في كل قول و عمل فاجزه بالحسنات احسانا و بالسيئات عفواً و غفراناً وكان طيب القلب معيناً لكل من يعرفه, فكن اللهم في عون أهله و كن لهم الحافظ و المعين.
أسالكم الدعاء له بالمغفرة و لأهله بالصبر ..
اللهم لا تحرمنا أجره و لا تفتنا بعده و اغفر لنا و له و لسائر المسلمين
" إِنَّ اللَّهَ عِندَهُ عِلْمُ السَّاعَةِ وَيُنَزِّلُ الْغَيْثَ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا فِي الْأَرْحَامِ ۖ وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ مَّاذَا تَكْسِبُ غَدًا ۖ وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ بِأَيِّ أَرْضٍ تَمُوتُ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ " ( لقمان 34)