Fadel al-Masoudi... The Promise Keeper
It is perhaps the call of duty, or the natural calling, that certain people will find themselves in the right places at the right time, so that they will bear witness to, or be in the company of history makers, thus become the promos keepers.
It was soon after the opening of our new Libyan Radio Station in Tripoli, and after many years of sharing the airwaves and the equipments of the British, and it was as I recollect late in the afternoon, at our mutual friend’s Barber shop Zeghlam, in Sharh Al Wadi, it was there, that I had the good fortune to meet this young, olive skin fellow, always in the company of a small black attaché under his arm, well mannered very respecting of others and always willing to really listen, and hear differing viewpoints.
It was there I sat under the merciful, but talented hands of Ziglam having my hair cut but listening very intently to this fellow with those thick lenses and very soft but conveningly persuasive tone of voice, in a deep and somewhat heated debate with non other than my very good friend Ali Mustafa Al Mesrati
For many of us, Almesrati was the symbol of the man from al Azhar who is very intellect, and very accomplished writer and modern thinking, he was never hung up on religion, but often times is un- willing to concede or bend, very loud speaking, and a laughter just as loud … very emotional at times. Yet, the contrary is very applicable when describing Al Masuudi, some thought of him as a socialist, and has a deep dark political agenda, I on the other hand, as a person who attended both Arabic and Catholic schools, and life long card carrying liberal, found him to be very intellectual, very brilliant but modest, very passionate, very persuasive but very calm debater as well,
The discussion at that moment was centred on the issue of the day… but in fact was the issue of the week and by natural progression it became the issue of that month.
Fadel was advancing and defending the legal and moral reasoning behind our mentor and teacher Ali Addiib “ his Boss,” and his decision to sprier head a defence team retained by Mr. Abed Al Senussi of SASCO, Against Al MaSaa Newspaper and its owner editor “my Boss” Sulieman Dahan for slanderous, defeming and false reporting.
On the other hand, Al Mesrati who is a very good and loyal friend of Dahan, was not willing to buy into the line of reasoning, that every person regardless of his status is entitled to his day in a court of law, and he was advancing his own concerns and vocal anger that Addiib was selling out, and was being used by SASCO to drive a wedge. As for me, aside from my duties at the News Department in the Libyan Radio Station in Tripoli, I also was the Sports reporter for Al Masaa, but I deliberately elected to be the listener, even though I can see Fadel looking at me from time to time, as if he is wanting me to jump into the debate, I remained very attentive listener.
Well the case was heard before our Neighbourhood son Judge Abdelmajeed Almayyet and a monetary judgement of One Sterling was awarded in favour of Abed Al Senussi . Outside the Court Ali Addiib proclaimed that as a devoted servant of our legal system, he was bound to defending the letter of the law and not the person. I was very moved by his statement, my appreciation of him, and his unwavering dedication to Law grew much bigger.
The fact of the matter is, my Boss and Al Massa Newspaper lost the legal battle regardless of how small the judgment sum was, and I as a silent listener have learned to like this fellow “Fadel Almasuudi “ and greatly respect his true journalistic dedication and his writings, and I proudly call him a friend.
My hope in this sad event of the passing of our teacher Ali Addiib, that Our good friend Fadel must dedicate himself yet again, to searching and preserving those historic documents and materials of that period of our lives, so that others who are in search of learning and knowledge may be able to benefit for years to come, and connect with a small, but very important chapter in our lives.
It was your natural calling back then…that you became so very closely positioned and professionally attached to the late Ali Addeeb, and so… it is now incumbent upon you to be the promise keeper.
Dear Fadel, my deepest sympathies to you for the loss of our tower of learning in our beloved Homeland.
From your old friend