She was not only my sister but also in a sense, my parent. I’m a very stubborn person and she was the only person I actually listened to; that I really trusted and cared about what she had to say. Although we were the same age she was always more mature than I was, more level headed. She always knew how to make the right choices and the right way to do everything. She is the smartest person I know. Not just of sheer natural talent, but of true hard work. She knew what she wanted and there was no doubt in my mind that she would accomplish these things. There were so many things we wanted to do together and so many things I wanted to do because of her. I know that I will be successful in my life and the reason for my success will be almost exclusively because of the things that she taught me and the character that I saw in her that has shaped me But the worst part is that I will get to accomplish all of these things that we both wanted so badly, and it’s simply not fair because she deserves it so much more than I do.
Abinta will live on, always, in Ruba. I have never seen a bond stronger between mother and daughter and that’s because Abinta had a gift not many children have: an ability to adapt to and become part of other people. She grew up between two worlds, representing how the world is changing and opening itself. And her personality reflected this openness. She is a part of so many people, in ways not many 18 year olds could ever be. And because she traveled the world and opened herself to the world, she is everywhere too.
Abinta Kabir had eyes that sparkled, a radiant grin that illuminated any room she entered, and an academic inquisitiveness that was evident even in the first grade.
Jordan J. Johnson
Abinta was one of those one-in-a-million souls, she was passionate, intelligent, hilarious and, above all, one of the kindest, most selfless people I have ever come across. To have been able to call her a close friend was truly a blessing in my life.
She was in our Grade 5 class and she was full of smiles and laughter. She was so very excited to be in Dhaka and so very proud of her heritage. It was an absolute pleasure teaching Abinta, not only was she a good student but she was kind, and helpful to everyone. She was so loved, not only by the kids in class but by me too.
What we miss most about Abinta is her smile and lighthearted disposition. Her sassy, yet always sweet moments; Abinta was funny and playful. We both still think of her often, especially in the gym and on the court.
Your caring personality and your beautiful smile always caught my attention. If there was a problem, you were there to bring peace. If your friends were fighting, you were there to make amends. If someone needed help, you were their safe harbor. You were always giving your best, being the best friends someone could have. You showed, by example, that success was attainable and that studying hard was the path to reach our goals.
You gave pure love to all that met you and I am sure that you wanted to spread unconditional love all over the world. And you did, believe me. Everyone who had the pleasure to meet you has a mission now. We look up to you. In your honor and because of your example, we are determined to make a difference in the world and to spread LOVE. That’s how I chose to keep you closer and show how much I love you!
What a smile Abinta had, what radiance. One could easily see she was filled with light, at time, could not be contained. When I think about Abinta, whose name means beautiful, I think about light and goodness and innocence. Abinta planned to return to Dhaka after completing her degree to start a school for girls so that more women there would have a chance for education and liberation.
Abinta Kabir’s eyes sparkled. In my mind, they always will.