Jemaluddin Oberman, was an amazing human being. I met him only once, and had the privilege of working with him throughout a five day conference on Sufism at Black Mountain Conference Center In North Carolina. I was leading dances at the conference and my regular guitarist from North Carolina was unable to attend. I asked around, and was directed to Jemaluddin as a possible accompaniast.
For me, meeting him was love at first sight. He was such an incredibly gentle soul, and still, it was obvious that he had a great depth of heart and of character. In getting to know him, I was deeply impressed by his integrity, and by the decisions that he had made over the course of his life, decisions which were carefully thought out, and which were motivated by the highest good. He was very self-effacing, yet extremely accomplished, and his quality of heart was superb.
Jemaluddin touched me deeply and as I followed his course of health deterioration, I grieved his suffering and ultimately the loss of his presence on Earth. I believe that he was called to serve humanity in another and even greater capacity than he had fulfilled while here amongst us.
With profound admiration and respect,