Adel Ait-Ghezala
  • 35 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 1, 1978
  • Date of passing: Jan 1, 2014
“The brave don't live forever but the cautious don't live at all. The only thing that's truly terrifying is the unlived life.” Adel you have gone too soon but you definitely lived... God bless your sweet soul.

This memorial site was created in memory of our loved, Adel Ait-Ghezala. Please share your stories and memories of Adel.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Colleen Corrigan on 1st January 2018

"I know how hard it is to lose a loved one since I lost my husband two years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We just have to go on and appreciate each day. Colleen"

This tribute was added by Ozge Gozum on 1st January 2018

"indeed forever missed.. always remembered fondly.. what a wonderful person passed away.."

This tribute was added by Yasmeen Peer on 1st November 2016

"Adel, habibi, the world definitely got dimmer with your passing, but we must not forget that 38 years ago on this very day, you began illuminating our world with rays of light so brilliant that we saw the world with kinder, humbler, and more compassionate eyes. Thank you Adel for sharing with us the inner beauty and truth of your soul every day and in every instance of our time with you. I feel fortunate and forever grateful to have shared even a single moment with you while you were physically present with us. While you left us much much much too soon, I firmly beleive that you inspired deep positive sustaining change in as many lives as you possibly could have during your time here with us. And in the same vein, while I am profoundly saddened by your absence here with us - your lessons, kindness, dean, and compassion, and goodness continue to inspire us to be the best people we can be. Mashallah, thank you for sharing you and your wisdom and graciousness with us. In love and respect for Rana, and all of Adel's family and dearest ones, Yasmeen"

This tribute was added by Lost Soul on 13th March 2016

"I remember when I saw the shared message on the social networks about you... without even knowing you, I felt a deep pain inside of me, I thought how would your people be feeling at that moment, I prayed that they would find you quick and safe...but Allah had planned it differently ...I felt so sorry to hear that you were already gone away...joined the angels above in the beautiful heavens...

Our souls were connected somehow..."

This tribute was added by Samer Kasm on 26th February 2016

"We share common friends and I met you on several occasions but never got the opportunity to truly spend quality time. I wish I had gotten to know you better but all I can say now is may God rest your soul,"

This tribute was added by Cedric Sage on 8th February 2016

"I will never forget the bright and full of life man you were when I met you in France... Always your brother."

This tribute was added by Ma Ma Ben on 2nd January 2016

""Je réitère mes dires. Il restera et sera toujours "une belle âme".
A Allah nous appartenons, A Lui nous retournons.
Allah yerahmo."""

This tribute was added by Priscilla Yoon on 1st January 2016

"Thinking about you today. Whenever a memory of you crosses my mind I am encouraged to carry out small everyday acts of kindness like you always did. I'm also encouraged to think about how to impact the world in that wonderfully big idealistic way you thought."

This tribute was added by Lilian Ting on 1st November 2015

"Adel - Happy Birthday.  I think you at different times as we think of good friends.  I thought of you this week while working on a deadline and paused for a moment to wonder how you always kept everything so light and fun. Lol.   I miss you and wish I could say Happy Birthday in person.  I think of our times with Alex, you, and me, you lounging on the living room couches in apt 110 talking about life and how to change the world.  It always impressed me the level of impact you talked about making.  You made a big impact on the world....by simply being you.... to the lives of the people how love you and in the volume and warmth of our memories. Warmest wishes, hugs, and love to you and all the people who are thinking of you today.  (Adel, I hope you are having a party today wherever you are!)"

This tribute was added by Ma Ma Ben on 2nd January 2015

"Je réitère mes dires. Il restera et sera toujours "une belle âme".
A Allah nous appartenons, A Lui nous retournons.
Allah yerahmo.""

This tribute was added by Abdelhak ouldbraham on 1st January 2015

"hommage à la mémoire de mon cousin ADEL

La vie des morts est de survivre dans l'esprit des vivants"

This tribute was added by Salma Beyhum on 2nd November 2014

"Allah yerhamak ya Adel combien j aurais aime te connaitre tu es le Mari de ma niece Rana que le paradis soit ton domaine"

This tribute was added by Fady Challita on 1st November 2014

"May Adel soul Rest in Eternal Peace"

This tribute was added by Jorge Izquierdo on 10th May 2014

"I met you Adel in DC with Lilian... I had such a great time having dinner with you and your wife. I am in disbelieve but I know God took you. All I could remember is how your wife wanted "Yogurtland" and we stopped late a night after dinner. However, that little short time was fun! Thank you for giving me a chance to meet you. God bless you! See you in Heaven."

This tribute was added by Bear Marshall on 9th May 2014

"I took a class taught by Adel when I was still an undergrad at AU. He was hands down one of the best instructors I had while there. Just a generally all-around nice guy.

Rest in peace, bud."

This tribute was added by Colleen Corrigan on 28th April 2014

"Adel lived next door to us and really was a wonderful neighbor. Once when I was locked out he came to my rescue with a whole team of contractors and I was in my house within minutes. After the earthquake he rebuilt our shared chimneys no questions asked. He was so understanding and energetic about everything he did. He was well liked by everyone who knew him."

This tribute was added by Elizabeth Blakeslee on 26th February 2014

"I feel terrible about Adel's dreadful accident.  I did not know him well.  But he seemed a fine and fun young guy with his whole life ahead of him.  I hope his family can find peace."

This tribute was added by chehboub amar on 14th February 2014

"j'étais terriblement choqué d'apprendre la disparition tragique de adel, fils de mon cher er frère ali. toutes mes sincères condoléances à toute sa famille.
Allah yarhamou .
Que le tout puissant l'accueil dans sans vaste paradis.
Je suis vraiment ému et je ne peux d'exprimer ma tristesse devant une telle tragédie."

This tribute was added by Abdelhak ouldbraham on 10th February 2014

"Ne reste pas devant ma tombe pour pleurer ;
Je ne suis pas là,
Je ne dors pas,
Je suis ces milliers de vents qui soufflent,
Je suis le diamant qui brille sur la neige,
Je suis la lumière du soleil sur le grain mur,
Je suis la douce pluie dautomne,
Lorsque tu te réveilles dans le silence du matin,
Je suis linvasion furtive et réconfortante
De cette horde doiseaux volant en cercle,
Je suis la douce étoile qui brille la nuit.
Ne reste pas devant ma tombe pour pleurer :
Je ne suis pas là,
Je ne suis pas morte."

This tribute was added by Hadjer BenBen on 6th February 2014

"I didn't really know Adel. I met him once with his family in DC a few days after his wedding. I wish I had the chance to know him better. I believe he was a genuine, exceptional person. Rest in peace Adel. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."

This tribute was added by Priscilla Yoon on 4th February 2014

"It's been a month now and I still haven't been able to come up with the right words that can describe you or do you justice. It's impossible but I'll try. Over the years I came to know you as a kind-hearted, gentle soul that embraced people from all walks of life. You were fiercely intelligent and full of promise. You were self-aware, passionate about social justice and lived every aspect of your life purposefully. At the same time you were genuine and down-to-earth. You never took yourself too seriously. You made us laugh. You encouraged me to apply to grad school and I got in thanks to your help. You drove me to the airport when I had nobody else to take me. Your goodness will live on through us as we recall the memories of your generosity or silliness or conscientiousness that have left such an indelible mark on our lives."

This tribute was added by Walid Mediouni on 30th January 2014

"I met Adel few times in DC and it was always a pleasure seeing him. He was smart and a social person. Always with a big smile.
you will always be in my memories.
My thoughts and prayers for your loved ones.
"Inchalah etkoun min Ahl el djana""

This tribute was added by Tamara Abdul Hadi on 23rd January 2014

"I met Adel in Dubai in 2005/2006 and he definitely left an impression on me. He was a good person, with a great heart and a beautiful energy. I don't think its a coincidence that many people writing tributes to him speak of his infectious positive energy.
Rest in power Adel. My thoughts go out to your loved ones."

This tribute was added by Chloe Williams-Wynne on 20th January 2014

"I met Adel only once staying with my aunt in Muscat, but was struck by his energy, enthusiasm and goodness. He turned up with freshly baked bread and an enormous smile, enthusing about life. I'm so sorry for his family's loss, what a bright light has gone out.  I am grateful to have met him and will keep him and his family in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Ben Brandt on 20th January 2014

"I never got the chance to meet you Adel, but I can see from talking to just one of your friends how many lives you touched, and how much you were loved and are missed.  May God hold you in the palm of His hand, and comfort all those who miss you."

This tribute was added by Fady Challita on 19th January 2014

"Adel, tu t’es eteint dans cette mer que tu aimais tant, mais tu ne nous quitteras jamais, ton souvenir restera avec nous au fil des jours, le souvenir d'un jeune homme exemplaire en tout points, un jeune homme qui ferait la fierte et la joie de n'importe quel pere ou mere.
Hadia, perdre son enfant est certainement la supreme epreuve dans ce bas monde et même si je n'ai pas vécu un tel drame, je ressens au plus profond de mon etre ce que toi et tes enfants ressentez et partage votre douleur.
Je prie le Bon Dieu de vous aider et vous accompagner dans ce calvaire.
Allah Yerhamo."

This tribute was added by fadya albakry on 18th January 2014

"Adel, I hope you're looking down on us from heaven. If you are, you'll see how much you are loved and missed by the rest of us. I promise we'll take care of your mom, sister and brother, because they are our family."

This tribute was added by Hoda Challita on 18th January 2014

"Adel, you went too soon. To me, you are this very nice teenager who was barbequeing for us, the Aunties and Uncles, on Barka's terrace, on a hot summer evening, with a smile !!! I will always have this image of a nice, smart and very kind person. May you rest in Peace and may God give your Mum and Ahmad and Latifa Peace in their hearts."

This tribute was added by Safia Ghanim on 17th January 2014

"You had such a kind spirit.  Allah yerhamo.  May Allah swt make it easy on everyone who cared about you."

This tribute was added by Elli Nagai-Rothe on 17th January 2014

"Adel, you will be dearly missed. I so appreciated your kind heart, warm smile, and the many thoughtful and insightful contributions you made to those around you. You had a deep and positive impact on the community at American University. I will remember our conversations about social justice, international development, and personal development. While you will be dearly missed, you will be remembered and carried in the hearts of so many, both in DC and globally."

This tribute was added by Abdelhak ouldbraham on 16th January 2014

"Aujourd'hui Le 15/01/2014, nous sommes tous réunis, au cimetière d'El Alia Alger,  avec ceux que tu as aimé que tu as chéri et protégé.
A l’heure de l’enterrement d’un être aimé ayons le cœur plein d’amour
Les souvenirs et les pensées nous rappellent l’importance d’aimer toujours.

Le linceul et le cercueil ne sont rien… L’âme s’envole vers le Paradis
Nos belles prières et notre affection bercent le défunt, le couvrent de vie.
Sur nos visages on aperçoit une goutte qu'on appelle une larme,
Autour de nous il n'y a plus de paysage, mais de la tristesse.

Envole-toi ! Nous gardons de toi un doux souvenir que rien n’effacera
Ton enterrement nous rappelle le sens de l’existence, mourir est notre destin.

Mourir c’est vivre autrement dans un ailleurs une existence, un nouveau refrain.

Repose-toi le cœur en paix, notre deuil est beau, jamais on ne t’oubliera.

Tu as été comme une fleur,
Tu as embellie notre vie,
Puis tu disparais,
Tu veilleras sur nous là-haut,
Pour nous le ciel seras toujours bleu.
Pour réapparaître dans nos mémoires saison après saison.
Nous t'accompagnons ce jour pour le grand voyage,
Nous t'aimerons toujours gravé au fond de nous,"

This tribute was added by Frederic Landes on 15th January 2014

"Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other that we are still. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way you always used. Put no difference into your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow... What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near just around the corner. ALL IS WELL.

Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)"

This tribute was added by Abdelhak ouldbraham on 15th January 2014

"Adieu cher frère et cousin.........

La mort t'a emporté toi qui aimais tellement la vie...
Comment te dire notre tristesse de te voir partir...
Nous sommes orphelins sans toi... La vie a perdu son goût sucré...
Notre deuil va être long, comment oublier un être cher, une personne précieuse...
Toutes les formules de condoléances ne soulagent pas de la douleur d'un décès
Tes amis, ta famille, ton frères ta sœurs, ton épouse, te disent Adieu
Ton cercueil est un bateau qui t'emmène là où il fait plus beau, au pays de tes ancêtres
Le jour de ton enterrement, notre Adieu n'est en fait qu'un au revoir
Ta mort, nous enseigne que la vie s'éteint un jour, que rien n'est éternel...
Merci d'avoir été celui que tu as été pour nous, mourir n'est rien face à l'intensité de nos souvenirs de toi...
Nous t'aimons, notre amour est plus fort que la mort, décéder n'est rien face à l'intensité de nos sentiments pour Toi
Le Cimetière n'est qu'un passage menant vers le plus beaux des cieux, le ciel du paradis des justes au cœur pur
Ta mort n'est qu'un recommencement, ton décès une renaissance...
Nous te disons à bientôt l'Ami...
Ta famille, ton épouse, ton frères ta sœurs et tous celles et ceux qui t'aiment te disent adieu petit frère ."

This tribute was added by Salwa Chemaly on 15th January 2014

"god help his love ones his parents ,may his soul rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Rose Andruskevicius on 15th January 2014

"I used to teach Adel art at ABA,Oman. I remember him so clearly - he was a lovely boy, lovely personality.I am so saddened by this tragic news and send love to his wife and family. Rose Andruskevicius(Hutchings)"

This tribute was added by Hanane ZINEDDINE on 15th January 2014

"اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لَهُ ، وارْحمْهُ ، وعافِهِ ، واعْفُ عنْهُ ، وَأَكرِمْ نزُلَهُ ، وَوسِّعْ مُدْخَلَهُ واغْسِلْهُ بِالماءِ والثَّلْجِ والْبرَدِ ، ونَقِّه منَ الخَـطَايَا، كما نَقَّيْتَ الثَّوب الأبْيَضَ منَ الدَّنَس ، وَأَبْدِلْهُ دارا خيراً مِنْ دَارِه ، وَأَهْلاً خَيّراً منْ أهْلِهِ، وزَوْجاً خَيْراً منْ زَوْجِهِ ، وأدْخِلْه الجنَّةَ ، وَأَعِذْه منْ عَذَابِ القَبْرِ ، وَمِنْ عَذَابِ النَّار"

This tribute was added by Malik and Hedia Bendjaballah on 15th January 2014

"Nous sommes tres attristes par la douloureuse epreuve qui frappe votre famille.Nous tenons a vous adresser nos sinceres condoleances.
Toutes nos pensees sont avec vous."

This tribute was added by salma beyhum on 15th January 2014

"Le deces est une grande douleur pour les amis et les proches que serait ce pour  ma chere niece Rana a qui je souhaite qu elle vive avec les bons souvenirs de Adel qui restera dans le coeur de tous"

This tribute was added by Margaret Chapman on 15th January 2014

"Adel,  you were always smiling when you came to stay with us when we lived in Oman. The hours spent on the basketball court with Shaun, Bradley and Andrew,  an instant memory and the fun and laughter shared, great friendships created.
Our prayers go out to your lovely family, a life taken too soon."

This tribute was added by Abdelhak ouldbraham on 15th January 2014

"اللهم ابدله دارا خيرا من داره واهلا خيرا من اهله وادخله الجنة واعذه من عذاب القبر ومن عذاب النار .
اللـهـم عاملة بما انت اهله ولا تعامله بما هو اهله .
اللـهـم اجزه عن الاحسان إحسانا وعن الأساءة عفواً وغفراناً.
اللـهـم إن كان محسناً فزد من حسناته , وإن كان مسيئاً فتجاوز عن سيئاته .
اللـهـم ادخله الجنة من غير مناقشة حساب ولا سابقة عذاب .
اللـهـم اّنسه في وحدته وفي وحشته وفي غربته.
اللـهـم انزله منزلاً مباركا وانت خير المنزلين .
اللـهـم انزله منازل الصديقين والشهداء والصالحين وحسن اولئك رفيقا .
اللـهـم اجعل قبره روضة من رياض الجنة ,ولا تجعله حفرة من حفر النار .
اللـهـم افسح له في قبره مد بصره وافرش قبره من فراش الجنة .
اللـهـم اعذه من عذاب القبر ,وجاف ِالارض عن جنبيها .
اللـهـم املأ قبره بالرضا والنور والفسحة والسرور.
اللـهـم إنه فى ذمتك وحبل جوارك فقه فتنة الفبر وعذاب النار , وانت أهل الوفاء والحق فاغفر له وارحمه انك انت الغفور الرحيم.
اللـهـم انه عبدك وابن عبدك خرج من الدنيا وسعته ومحبوبيه وأحبائه إلي ظلمة القبر وماهو لاقته .
اللـهـم انه كان يشهد أنك لا إله الا انت وأن محمداً عبدك ورسولك وانت اعلم به.
اللهم ثبته عند السؤال
اللهم انا نتوسل بك اليك ونقسم بك عليك ان ترحمه ولا تعذبه
اللـهـم انه نَزَل بك وأنت خير منزول به واصبح فقير الي رحمتك وأنت غني عن عذابه .
اللـهـم اّته برحمتك ورضاك وقه فتنه القبر وعذابه و أّته برحمتك الامن من عذابك حتي تبعثه إلي جنتك يا أرحم الراحمين .
اللـهـم انقله من مواطن الدود وضيق اللحود إلي جنات الخلود .
اللـهـم إحمه تحت الارض واستره يوم العرض ولا تخزه يوم يبعثون "يوم لا ينفع مال ولا بنون إالا من أتي الله بقلب سليم"
اللـهـم يمن كتابه ويسر حسابه وثقل بالحسنات ميزانه وثبت علي الصراط اقدامه واسكنه في اعلي الجنات بجوار حبيبك ومصطفاك (صلي الله عليه وسلم) .
اللـهـم اّمنه من فزع يوم القيامة ومن هول يوم القيامة وأجعل نفسه أّمنة مطمئنة ولقنه حجته .
اللـهـم اجعله في بطن القبر مطمئن وعند قيام الاشهاد أمن وبجود رضوانك واثق وإلي أعلي درجاتك سابق .
اللـهـم اجعل عن يمينه نوراً حتي تبعثه اّمنً مطمئن في نور من نورك .
اللـهـم انظر اليه نظرة رضا فإن من تنظر إليه نظرة رضا لا تعذبه ابداً
اللـهـم أسكنه فسيح الجنان واغفر له يارحمن وارحم يارحيم وتجاوز عما تعلم ياعليم .
اللـهـم اعفو عنه فإنك القائل "ويعفو عن كثير"
اللـهـم انه جاء ببابك وأناخ بجنابك فَجْد عليه بعفوك وإكرامك وجود إحسانك .
اللـهـم إن رحمتك وسعت كل شيء فارحمه رحمة تطمئن بها نفسه وتقر به عينه .
اللـهـم احشره مع المتقين إلي الرحمن وفداً .
اللـهـم احشره مع اصحاب اليمين واجعل تحيته سلام لك من أصحاب اليمين .
اللـهـم بشره بقولك "كلوا واشربوا هنئياً بما أسلفتم في الايام الخالية" .
اللـهـم اجعله من الذين سعدوا في الجنة خالدين فيها مادامت السموات والارض .
اللـهـم لا نزكيه عليك ولكنا نحسبه انه اّمن وعمل صالحاً فاجعل له جنتين ذواتي أفنان بحق قولك:
"ولمن خاف مقام ربه جنتان"
اللـهـم شفع فيه نبينا ومصطفاك واحشره تحت لوائه واسقه من يده الشريفة شربة هنيئة لا يظمأ بعدها ابداُُ .
اللـهـم اجعله في جنة الخلد التي وعد المتقون كانت جزاءً ومصيراُ لهم ما يشاءون وكان علي ربك وعداُ ومسئولاً .
اللـهـم إنه صبر علي البلاء فلم يجزع فامنحه درجة الصابرين الذين يوفون اجورهم بغير حساب
فإنك القائل " إنما يوفي الصابرون أجرهم بغير حساب "
اللـهـم انه كان مصلي لك ,فثبنه علي الصراط يوم تزل الاقدام .
اللـهـم انه كان صائم لك , فأدخله الجنة من باب الريان.
اللـهـم انه كان لكتابك تالي وسامع فشفع فيه القراّن وارحمه من النيران ,واجعله يارحمن
يرتقي في الجنة إلي اّخر اّية قرأها أو سمعها وأخر حرف تلاه
اللـهـم ارزقه بكل حرف في القراّن حلاوة , وبكل كلمة كرامة وبكل اّية سعادة وبكل سورة سلامة وبكل جْزءٍ جَزاءً .
اللـهـم ارحمه فانه كان مسلم واغفر له فانه كان مؤمنً.
وادخله الجنه فانه كان بنبيك مصدقً وسامحه فانه كان لكتابك مرتل.
اللـهـم اغفر لحينا وميتنا وشاهدنا وغائبنا وصغيرنا وكبيرنا وذَكّرنَا وأنثانا .
اللـهـم من أحييته منا فأحيه علي الاسلام ومن توفيته منا فتوفه علي الايمان .
اللـهـم لا تحرمنا أجره ولا تضللنا بعده .
اللـهـم ارحمنا اذا اتانا اليقين ,وعرق منا الجبين ,كشر الانين والحنين
اللـهـم ارحمنا اذا يئس منا الطبيب ,وبكي علينا الحبيب وتخلي عنا القريب والغريب
وارتفع النشيج والنحيب .
اللـهـم ارحمنا اذا اشتدت الكربات وتوالت الحسرات واطبقت الروعات وفاضت العبرات ,
وتكشفت العورات وتعطلت القوي والقدرات .
اللـهـم ارحمنا اذا بلغت التراقي وقيل من راق وتأكدت فجيعة الفراق للأهل والفراق
وقد حَمً القضاء فليس من واق
اللـهـم ارحمنا اذا حملنا علي الاعناق ألي ربك يومئذ المساق وداعا ابديا للدور الاسواق والاقلام
والاوراق الي من تذل له الجباه والاعناق .
اللـهـم ارحمنا اذا ورينا التراب وغلقت القبور والابواب وانقض الاهل والاحباب فإذا الوحشة والوحدة وهول الحساب .
اللـهـم ارحمنا اذا فارقنا النعيم وانقطع النسيم وقيل ماغرك بربك الكريم
اللـهـم ارحمنا اذا أقمنا للسؤال وخاننا المقال ولم ينفع جاه ولامال ولا عيال وقد حال الحال وليس الا فضل الكبير المتعال .
اللـهـم ارحمنا اذا نَسي اسمنا ودَرس رسمنا وأحاط بنا قسمنا ووسعنا .
اللـهـم ارحما اذا اَهملنا فلم يزرنا زائر ولم يذكرنا ذاكر ومالنا من قوة ولا ناصر فلا امل الا في القاهر القادر الغافر يامن اذا وعد وفي , واذا توعد عفا , وشفع يارب فينا حبيبنا المصطفي واجعلنا ممن صفا ووفا وبالله إكتفي يا ارحم الراحمين ياحي يا قيوم يا بديع السموات والارض ياذا الجلال والاكرام .
اللـهـم انه عبدك و ابن عبدك و ابن امتك مات و هو يشهد لك بالوحدانية و لرسولك بالشهادة فأغفر له إنك انت الغفار.
اللـهـم لا تحرمنا اجره ولا تفتنا بعده و اغفر لنا و له و اجمعنا معه في جنات النعيم يا رب العالمين .
اللـهـم انزل علي اهله الصبر والسلوان و ارضهم بقضائك.
اللـهـم ثبتهم علي القول الثابت في الحياه الدنيا وفي الاخره ويوم يقوم الاشهاد.
اللـهـم صلي وسلم وبارك علي سيدنا محمد وعلي اّله وصحبه وسلم إلي يوم الدين"

This tribute was added by Banu Demiralp on 14th January 2014

"Although I didn't know Adel personally, a friend of mine knew him and cared for him and his family dearly.  From the influx of support and love, I can see the many lives and hearts that you have touched.  Your passing came at a trying time in my life and tragically reminded me of how trivial all else in fact is.  Rest in peace...I wish your family and friends strength, patience, and peace."

This tribute was added by Shaun Montesclaros on 14th January 2014

"In honor and memory of a great friend, I leave this tribute and light this virtual candle for you, Adel.  Growing up along side you in Oman, you continually challenged me to rise above, both academically and athletically.  I truly hope that I was able to do the same for you, for I am a better person for it.

Thank you my brother, be in peace, and as you watch down upon us all, please know that you will live forever in our hearts and in our memories.  

My thoughts and prayers are with your wife, your mother, sister, brother and your family."

This tribute was added by Mohamed Elmeshad on 14th January 2014

"I met Adel when I was a freshman in GW and he was already doing an MA and leading some student activism efforts in AU. He was an impressive being, and I felt lucky to meet someone who exemplified the type of individual and activist that I had always imagined one should be in university. He became an instant role model for me in a very transformative way, helping inspire my own activism and conduct as a student and after. I semi-stalked him, thinking, "I need to be this guy's friend!" I have not seen him in years, but wallahi, his example and spirit have been ever present with me and will continue to be.
My condolences to his wife, family and close friends. الله يرحمه ويكرم مثواه"

This tribute was added by Abdelhak ouldbraham on 14th January 2014

"Il est parfois bien difficile de trouver les mots justes pour parler du deuil et de la mort. Quand un proche nous quitte, les émotions nous submergent, et pourtant nous sommes souvent incapable de mettre des mots sur ce que nous ressentons…

Quand je ne serai plus là, lâchez-moi !
Laissez-moi partir
Car j'ai tellement de choses à faire et à voir !
Ne pleurez pas en pensant à moi !
Soyez reconnaissants pour les belles années
Pendant lesquelles je vous ai donné mon amour !
Vous ne pouvez que deviner
Le bonheur que vous m'avez apporté !
Je vous remercie pour l'amour que chacun m'a démontré !
Maintenant, il est temps pour moi de voyager seul.
Pendant un court moment vous pouvez avoir de la peine.
La confiance vous apportera réconfort et consolation.
Nous ne serons séparés que pour quelques temps !
Laissez les souvenirs apaiser votre douleur !
Je ne suis pas loin et et la vie continue !
Si vous en avez besoin, appelez-moi et je viendrai !
Même si vous ne pouvez me voir ou me toucher, je sera là,
Et si vous écoutez votre cœur, vous sentirez clairement
La douceur de l'amour que j'apporterai !
Quand il sera temps pour vous de partir,
Je serai là pour vous accueillir,
Absent de mon corps, présent avec Dieu !
N'allez pas sur ma tombe pour pleurer !
Je ne suis pas là, je ne dors pas !
Je suis les mille vents qui soufflent,
Je suis le scintillement des cristaux de neige,
Je suis la lumière qui traverse les champs de blé,
Je suis la douce pluie d'automne,
Je suis l'éveil des oiseaux dans le calme du matin,
Je suis l'étoile qui brille dans la nuit !

N'allez pas sur ma tombe pour pleurer
Je ne suis pas là, je ne suis pas mort.
                                                                Adel Ait-ghezala"

This tribute was added by adel haddad on 14th January 2014

"Allah, le Créateur des cieux et de l’univers choisit l’heure de la mort de chacun comme il a choisi l’heure de sa naissance… Dieu, seul, sait ce qui est bon pour l’Homme.

ADEL je tes connu que quelque heures ,sa ma permet de voire en toi un homme pleins de qualité un homme très gentille souriant,timide,intelligent et surtout très modeste,
Que ALLAH  t'accueil dans sans vaste paradis avec les chouhadaas,

Repose en paix tu va manqué a touts tes amis,proches et même ceux qui ton connu pour un juste tout petit moment.


This tribute was added by ihcene elnaouq on 14th January 2014

"ان لله وانا اليه راجعون rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Sarah Husseini on 14th January 2014

"I had the pleasure of knowing Adel the semester he was my professor at American University my senior year for a class on Terrorism in the Middle East, what I came to know was a topic Adel was passionate about studying and teaching. As a young professor, some might have a hard time connecting with their students and being respected by a group that is close to peer age. This was not something Adel had trouble with at all. His infectious passion for the topics he taught, his positive attitude, and his genuine compassion for students in his class as well as telepathically willing us all to succeed did not go unnoticed. What a genuine person he was, not something everyone can show so effortlessly. All of us are better for having taken the course with Adel and gotten a piece of him. I went on to start a PhD program and chose to write about Counter-Terrorism as well, and wanted to thank Adel countless times for sparking my curiosity in continuing to a PhD program on this challenging topic. He was an inspiration to many, and I am thankful for having been touched by him and am definitely better for having known him, even time.for a short  انا لله وانا اليه راجعون - عظم الله اجركم. Adel will always be thought of fondly and will be remembered through his family, friends and the lives of those he touched around him."

This tribute was added by Nuriz Eralp on 14th January 2014

"Known u for so long, enjoyed ur presence greatly in our house, it was pleasure watching u to grow into such a fine , loving person, had such fun with u arguing on politics, then finishing it with a hug, the huge smile that  is in front of me all the time, rest in peace dear ADEL , u will be missed, our prayers r with u & ur family"

This tribute was added by Danlami Gomwalk on 14th January 2014

"Memories of discussions on Berbers in North Africa and how clueless some other students (read Americans) are clueless on the rest of the world, intramural soccer games, and of course your helping me with my British accent to woo the unsuspecting.(I always found it odd an Algerian, living in Oman was giving a Nigerian english accent lessons:)  Rest well my friend--your jokes made college life a little bearable and I count myself fortunate have called such an exceptional human being a friend."

This tribute was added by Malene Rude on 14th January 2014

"Gone too soon.... Xxx Rest in Peace sweetheart"

This tribute was added by Younes Mecerli on 14th January 2014

"je suis tres touche par sa mort ,adel est une personne qui est toujours soriante son visage pleinne d' innosence je suis compltement deprime en voyant son pere 3emi ali un grand et brave papa
allah irahmou et inchallah dieu l'acueillera dans son vaste paradiss"

This tribute was added by Nada Moosa on 14th January 2014

"Young, energetic, with contiguous smile, curly hair, too many dreams and a bright future. When I met Adel it didn't take too long to get comfortable with him, he was an open person told me about his mum, his upbringing, his siblings, his girlfriend at that time, who became his wife. About his study and future plans. His hobbies and It just felt that I knew him for longer then an hour. Rest in peace Adel, you have touched too any people and for me you will always be the young man with the beautiful smile and curly hair."

This tribute was added by spencer williams on 14th January 2014

"I was fortunate to know Adel for a short time period at Lafayette. He had an infectious and positive personality and truly enjoyed our friendship. He also wasn't a bad basketball player either   I was shocked and saddened by his passing and although we hadn't kept in touch he had the personality that we would have enjoyed catching up down the road. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Lafayette College was a better school with Adel walking the quad."

This tribute was added by Imèn Berarhi-Poulet on 14th January 2014

"La mort t'a emporté toi qui aimais tellement la vie...
Comment te dire notre tristesse de te voir partir...

Notre deuil va être long, comment oublier un être cher, une personne précieuse...

Toutes les formules de condoléances ne soulagent pas de la douleur de ta disparition ...
Ta mère, ton père, ton frère, ta sœur, ton épouse, ta famille et tes amis te disent Adieu ...

Ton cercueil est un bateau qui t'emmène là où il fait plus beau, au pays de nos ancêtres ...

Le jour de ton enterrement, notre Adieu n'est en fait qu'un au revoir ...

Grosse bise à toi mon petit cousin ... mon petit frère !!!"

This tribute was added by Ma Ma Ben on 14th January 2014

"Je présente mes sincères condoléances à sa famille et ses proches.
Je ne connaissais pas Adel malheureusement mais à la lecture des commentaires, il était et sera toujours "une belle âme".
A Allah nous appartenons, A Lui nous retournons.
Allah yerahmo."

This tribute was added by Imèn Berarhi-Poulet on 14th January 2014

"La mort t'a emporté toi qui aimais tellement la vie...
Comment te dire notre tristesse de te voir partir...
Notre deuil va être long, comment oublier un être cher, une personne précieuse...
Toutes les formules de condoléances ne soulagent pas de la douleur de ta disparition ...
Tes amis, ta famille, ton frère et ta sœur, ton épouse, te disent Adieu.

Ton cercueil est un bateau qui t'emmène là où il fait plus beau, au pays de nos ancêtres ...

Le jour de ton enterrement, notre Adieu n'est en fait qu'un au revoir ...

Grosses bises à toi mon petit cousin ... mon petit frère !!!"

This tribute was added by Hassiba Tigziri on 14th January 2014

"c'est le cœur serre et rempli de tristesse
Bouleverse par cet événement tragique , nous prenons part a votre douleur et vous  adressons nos plus sincères condoléances
Soyez assure de toute notre amitié et de notre soutien le plus solide
courage tonton ALI que dieux soit avec vous"

This tribute was added by Imaan Benmerzouga on 14th January 2014

"I did not know Adel personally, but my family knew his mother and I grew up in the same campus he grew up in. He always smiled and had excellent swimming skills, I was the kid who admired and looked up to him. He cared deeply about his mom, and unlike other boys, was not ashamed if his mom talked to him in public. Very saddened for his sudden leave. May Allah grant his mother, wife and family the patience to ease this saddenss and May Allah grant him paradise inshallah. Our deep condolences goes out here from the Benmerzouga family to Ait Ghezala's family."

This tribute was added by Reem El-Khatib on 14th January 2014

"I didn't know Adel personally, but I knew many people who did ... and through their words, I learned about the wonderful spirit Adel had and what a positive affect he had on everyone he knew. Allah yir7amo. And may Allah grant patience and comfort to his family and friends during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Yasmine Ait Amirat on 14th January 2014

"Toutes mes sincères condoléances a sa famille qu'il repose en paix inchallah et que dieu l'accueil dans son vaste paradis ina lillah wa ina ilayhi raji3ount"

This tribute was added by karima chaouch on 14th January 2014

"Allah yarahmak ya adel, Je t ai connu a mascat ainsi ta mere et tn frere et ta soeur, Je t ai tourjours connu  avec le visage souriant , le meme sourire que Je vois sur tes photos maintenant, tu etais et tu resteras tjrs vivant dans nos coeurs avec les bons souvenirs, tu es parti comme un martyre don't ta mere  est fiere de toi ,comme elle l a tjrs ete pour ses trois enfants(toi Adel, Ahmed,Latifa)la famille Ourabah ainsi chaouch vous presentent a vous la maman ainsi son frere et sa soeur leurs sinceres condoleences pour la morte soudaine de notes Cher petit frere Adel. Repose en paix que Dieu t acceuille dans son  vaste paradis"

This tribute was added by Karmel Dajani on 14th January 2014

"I never got the pleasure to meet you, I am a childhood friend of your cousin Nawel. She spoke so highly of you and always proud of her dear cousin. Your passing touched so many, even those who never met you... Allah yerhamak Adel, may you rest in peace and may God give strengh, courage and patience to all your loved ones..."

This tribute was added by insaf hassoumi on 14th January 2014

"A sa famille et ses amis je vous présente mes sincères condoléances c'est une tragédie ...Que son âme repose en paix ALLAH YARAHMOU"

This tribute was added by Charina Boys on 14th January 2014

"Gone but never forgotten. Your memory will live on through all the people that you have touched with your warm smile and those you have inspired by your presence. We will miss you! x"

This tribute was added by Monia Haidar on 14th January 2014

"“The brave don't live forever but the cautious don't live at all. The only thing that's truly terrifying is the unlived life.” Adel you have gone too soon but you definitely lived... God bless your sweet soul."

This tribute was added by Yves Ba on 14th January 2014

"May your soul rest in peace!"

This tribute was added by Maxime Tigziri on 14th January 2014

"For ever in my heart"

This tribute was added by MoOh Boer on 14th January 2014

"Even if we didn't know each other, I would like to make a prayer and ask Allah the Greatest to grant you a place in his wonderful paradise. Rest in Peace man."

This tribute was added by Ozge Gozum on 14th January 2014

"Your gigantic smile, superb energy will be missed. I am so lucky to have known you, Ahmed is so lucky to be your brother.."

This tribute was added by ali Ait Ghezala on 14th January 2014

"Adel AIT GHEZALA sera enterré le 15/01/2014 a ALGER cimetière EL ALIA a 14 H"

This tribute was added by Abdelhak ouldbraham on 14th January 2014

"La mort t’a emporté pour ton dernier voyage.
Notre peine est immense. Ton décès est une vraie douleur au cœur et à l’âme.
Ton départ est le début d’une nouvelle vie dans un autre monde, nous l'espérons…
Un monde fait d’amour et de bonheur… Certains l’appellent le paradis.
Comment lire c’est quelque line, sans que des larmes de peine nous montent aux yeux ?
Comment lire ce texte alors que tu es tellement vivant dans nos cœurs et dans nos souvenirs ?
Tu étais pour ta famille et tes amis un modèle de vie… Un exemple à suivre.
Tous tes amis sont là pour toi. Présentons leurs sincères condoléances à tes parents, frères et sœurs leur tristesse témoigne que tu étais le meilleur des amies.
À l'heure de ta mort, il nous reste des milliers de souvenirs de toi pour alimenter chacun de nos jours de vie… jusqu’au jour de notre mort.
Repose en paix. Cher cousin La vie ne dure qu’un instant,.
Nous ne t’oublierons pas. Nous t’aimons à jamais…"

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