It is with deep emotion
that we share the passing of a great man.
Omari Olaingoni Omari passed at the tender age of 32. But to say that he did not live a full life is a misstatement. Omari was known for telling a good story, stories that would make an entire room laugh. He enjoyed being the “life of the party” as seen weekly as a DJ. A DJ that prided himself in making people dance to songs that they didn’t even like. Our father once told him that this was the ultimate compliment for someone in their line of work. He learned more than that compliment from our father. Omari learned his trade and followed the career path paved by our father, who was his hero and best friend.
Omari was raised in South Minneapolis and went through the Minneapolis Public School system. After establishing his business, O2 Entertainment, he once again settled on the south side. He bought a house within minutes of our childhood home. If Omari wasn’t providing entertainment for others he was fixing a house, engaging in landscaping, working on a car, or one of his other newfound talents. He was a busy body as a kid and an adult.
O2, as some of us prefer to call him, was a man that acted with his heart. And that which he believed, he believed fully. Omari was a giver; a giver of his time and resources. Whether DJing an event for the YMCA at no cost or donating funds to organizations at the University of Minnesota, Omari’s kind heart surpassed all other traits.
As we know, MISTA MUSIK also enjoyed having fun. He loved live music – especially reggae – and frequently traveled to Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. And of course, he LOVED to ride his motorcycle. The seemingly impossible task of healing appears slightly easier knowing that he left us doing what he loved.
Omari received the most joy when surrounded by his family and friends; above all while with his wife and son. He had the constant tingle of a person in love while in the presence of Josi. His son, Jose Juan, lit in him a light that no other human being could illuminate.
Omari is survived by his wife – Josi; and children from previous relationships – Jose Juan (7 years old) and Mariam Elena (born May 17, 2013); his mother and father – Samia and Hassan; sisters – Joy, Khadija, Mariam Mapenzi, Mariam Halwa, Hadija, Rakia (sister-in-law); brothers – Ibrahim, Hassan, Salim, Abdul; as well as countless aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. In our home everyone is family.
We will forever miss Omari’s smile, laugh, voice, honesty, and heart. Thank you for teaching us all to love hard.
We love you.
Dear family friends,
Our family sincerely thanks you for the love and support you’ve displayed during this unimaginable time. Your visits, calls, messages, cards, food, laughs, cries, offerings, and presence have acted as an adhesive to our broken hearts and we are so thankful for your constant care and concern. We saw a true glimpse of the impact Omari had on the world, as well as the intimate and meaningful relationships he maintained with so many. God gave us Omari and although the pain is nearly unbearable, we are grateful for the time we had with him. As time ticks and we continue to reflect on Omari’s life, we find great comfort knowing that his legacy lives through you all.
We say to you in Omari’s voice – peace.
Funeral Services [En Espanol Abajo]
In order to respect Omari and his religious beliefs, there will be a traditional Muslim burial. Below are IMPORTANT details about the funeral logistics as well as Islamic traditions that we ask everyone to read and follow. All are invited and encouraged to attend.
Date: Saturday, May 18th 2013
Location: Maplewood Islamic Institute of Minnesota - Assalam Mosque
Address: 1460 Skillman Ave E; Maplewood, MN 55133
Zuhr Prayer (ALL are welcome): 1:30pm
Janaza Prayer (ALL are welcome): 1:40pm
Transport to cemetery: Expeditiously load into cars following prayer for an immediate departure to the cemetery. Carpooling is encouraged to and from the funeral.
If you do not want to join in the prayer please remain outside of the prayer room. We want to stress that ALL are welcome for every portion of the day including the prayers, no matter religious or non-religious affiliation.
Cemetery Location: Garden of Eden Cemetery
Address: 1351 Riverwood Drive
Burnsville, MN 55337
**Location is on the north side of Highway 13, just west of Portland Ave**
Traditional Information: Muslim funerals are a sobering time for everyone. Therefore, we ask that people remain as quiet as possible at all times. Joking is unacceptable. Please remember that we will be in a Mosque. Women are NOT allowed to touch the body. During prayer, men and women will be asked to separate leaving men on one side of the room, and women on the other. **Please note that flowers are NOT allowed in the mosque.
Dress / Attire: In keeping with the Islamic traditions, it is EXTREMELY important that women dress modestly, revealing only the face, hands, and feet. In addition, we ask that hair is covered with some kind of shall or garment. Men are allowed to wear any clothing you would like.
Post-burial gathering: Immediately following the burial, friends and family are invited to Omari and Josi’s home.
Address: 5632 36th Ave South; Minneapolis, MN 55417
Por respeto a Omari y sus creencias religiosas realizaremos un entierro Musulmán.
Por favor lea cuidadosamente los IMPORTANTES detalles acerca del funeral y de las tradiciones Islámicas. Pedimos que estas instrucciones sean seguidas al pie de la letra. Todos estan cordialmente invitados a atender a los servicios funerarios.
Fecha: Sábado 18 de Mayo 2013
Lugar: Maplewood Islamic Institute of Minnesota - Assalam Mosque
Dirección: 1460 Skillman Ave E; Maplewood, MN 55133
Visita al cuerpo: 11:00am-1:00pm
Oración Zuhr (TODOS son bienvenidos): 1:30 pm
Oración Janaza (TODOS son bienvenidos): 1:40 pm
Transporte al Cementerio: Rapidamente después de las oraciones partiremos hacia el cementerio. Se recomienda ir en la menor cantidad de automóviles posible para evitar congestiones de tránsito.
Si no quiere participar en la oración por favor mantengase afuera del salón de oraciones. Queremos reiterar que TODOS son bienvenidos a todas las porciones del dia incluyendo las oraciones sin importar la afiliación religiosa.
Dirección del Cementerio: Garden of Eden Cemetery
Dirección: 1351 Riverwood Drive; Burnsville, MN 55337
**Location is on the north side of Highway 13, just west of Portland Ave**
Información Tradicional: Los funerales musulmanes son momentos de seriedad para todos. Por consiguiente, pedimos a las personas que moderen su tono de voz y permanezcan en silencio. Las bromas de cualquier tipo son inaceptables. Por favor recuerden que estaremos en una Mezquita. NO se les permite a las mujeres tocar el cuerpo. Durante la oración se pide que las mujeres y los hombres estén separados dejando a los hombres en un lado del salón; y a las mujeres del otro. **Las flores NO son permitidas en la Mezquita.
Vestido: Es EXTREMADAMENTE importante que las mujeres se vistan de manera modesta, revelando solo la cara, manos y pies. También pedimos que el cabello esté cubierto con algún tipo de bufanda o pañuelo.
Familiares y amigos están invitados a la casa de Josi y de Omari inmediatamente después de los servicios funerarios.
Dirección: 5632 36th Ave South; Minneapolis, MN 55417
Omari Omari Memorial Fund
In lieu of flowers, the family has established the Omari Omari Memorial Fund for Omari's children. If you wish to give, contributions can be made at any Wells Fargo branch to the "Omari Omari Memorial Fund."
Wells Fargo Account: 2968097606
En vez de flores, la familia ha establecido el fondo Omari Omari Memorial Fund para los hijos de Omari. Contribuciones pueden ser hechas en cualquier Wells Fargo con la siguiente información:
"Omari Omari Memorial Fund."
Cuenta de Wells Fargo: 2968097606