UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov publicly acknowledged the death of his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, for the first time Wednesday.
Abudulmanap, who also served as Khabib’s head coach in his fighting career, died July 3 after complications from COVID-19, which followed pneumonia and heart surgery.
Given the depth of their relationship, Khabib’s choice to keep quiet since Abdulmanap passed away is no surprise. He’s yet to discuss the situation but on Wednesday took to social media and posted a photo of him hugging his father complimented by a Quran passage and some personal words to honor him (via Instagram):
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Quran 17:23-24. And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word. And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, “My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.” – ۞ وَقَضَىٰ رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعْبُدُوا إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا ۚ إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُل لَّهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلَا تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلًا كَرِيمًا وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا Сура «аль-Исра’» 23-24 аяты. Всевышний говорит: Твой Господь предписал вам не поклоняться никому, кроме Него, и делать добро родителям. Если один из родителей или оба достигнут старости, то не говори им: «Тьфу!». – не кричи на них и обращайся к ним почтительно. Склони пред ними крыло смирения по милосердию своему и говори: «Господи! Помилуй их, ведь они растили меня ребенком». Тебя будет не хватать Отец, ты был Отцом, другом, братом и тренером в одном лице. Ты научил меня практически всему что я умею, надеюсь ты был доволен мною. Ведь в довольстве родителей довольство Аллаха.
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And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.
And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, “My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.”
“I will miss you, Father,” Khabib wrote, as translated by RT. “You were a Father, a friend, brother, and coach in one person. You taught me almost everything I know. I hope that you were happy with me. The contentment of parents is the contentment of Allah.”
Khabib’s fighting future remains uncertain. UFC president Dana White has said multiple times he will give the undefeated 155-pound champ as much time as necessary before engaging serious discussions for a comeback fight.
Khabib’s friend and American Kickboxing Academy teammate, Daniel Cormier, however, recently expressed concern that he could be impacted so deeply by the loss that never competing again wouldn’t be out of the question.
Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) has yet to reveal where things stand regarding his MMA career.
Original article: https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/07/ufc-khabib-nurmagomedov-comments-father-death-first-time/