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The ‘Pious’ Ones And Mullah Mchungu’s Curse 150 150 ComfortAid International

The ‘Pious’ Ones And Mullah Mchungu’s Curse

I know I wrote about the coronavirus in my previous blog but still, I need to talk about this dudu again; its impact to all our lives is too monumental to be left alone. Imagine, it has about 25% of the world’s population under lockdown! By Allah, I’ll talk and gossip about it until it…

Dudu Corona Capers – Aaaaaagh! 150 150 ComfortAid International

Dudu Corona Capers – Aaaaaagh!

It is not funny, this coronavirus business, sitting on my shoulders like the angel of death, malak al-mawt. It is sapping my energy just keeping abreast of the rapidly changing and fast shrinking world that was so open and free to traverse not too long ago. Chic and prized cities of the world, known for…

African Adventures And Becoming Dhabbas 150 150 ComfortAid International

African Adventures And Becoming Dhabbas

It should probably be a sin to have so much fun and adventure in life… But with my travels for Comfort Aid International, there are no shortages of escapades. Alhamd’Allah. So, thus this Blog, on my recent travels through 5 African countries spanning Senegal, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. I hope you enjoy reading…

The Divided And Broken Khojas – 2020 / Shaved Legs Dilemma 150 150 ComfortAid International

The Divided And Broken Khojas – 2020 / Shaved Legs Dilemma

The Divided And Broken Khojas – 2020 was a time, in recent history, when seeking and holding public office was an honor and prestige. The primary motive was to serve, for the pleasure of Allah, of course. People jostled for a primetime audience at local jamaats, pitched their candidacy and the best man, generally, won.…

The Agony Of Winter For A Kichwa Maaji 150 150 ComfortAid International

The Agony Of Winter For A Kichwa Maaji

One sure way to experience the pain of abject poverty is to be in Sirsi, Uttar Pradesh, India in January. Sirsi is so removed from modern urban India, the ancient and overloaded power gridline works as efficiently as the national airline of India. The persistent power fluctuations make any heating appliance at the risk of…

Salamat Po – Aabid Alikhan 150 150 ComfortAid International

Salamat Po – Aabid Alikhan

Amina and Zulfiqar Alikhan from College Station, TX are some of the most strident supporters and well-wishers of Comfort Aid International. So when they requested that I take on their son Aabid with me to the next ‘safe’ CAI expedition, I had no qualms about it. I invited him to visit the Philippines with Sohail…

Unity Games – Dubai, WF Wannabees / Vivid Imagination Shipping Update 150 150 ComfortAid International

Unity Games – Dubai, WF Wannabees / Vivid Imagination Shipping Update

Unity Games – Dubai Dubai is bustling with humanity. Again. The balmy weather, spectacular New Year’s fireworks and the irresistible itch to splurge at the soopa pricey malls in this city is too much of a pull. I suppose. The hotel I usually stay near the airport costing around US$70/night has shot up to US$360/night…

Attitude Of Gratitude – Looking Death In The Eye / Vivid Imaginations Is Ready – Delivery Status 150 150 ComfortAid International

Attitude Of Gratitude – Looking Death In The Eye / Vivid Imaginations Is Ready – Delivery Status

Attitude Of Gratitude – Looking Death In The Eye I lost a close second-niece of mine, Salma, to lupus disease turned to cancer recently; she was not even 41 years old and a mother of two very young children. I had a strong bond of sorts with this particular niece – I have tons of…

It’s All About Paisa, Nai! 150 150 ComfortAid International

It’s All About Paisa, Nai!

It’s All About Paisa, Nai! The squeaky-clean Khoja musafarkhana in Najaf is empty; almost. Perhaps if the management opened it up to all zawaars it might get some traction? Especially since huquuq funds have been used to construct it? Huquuq as in everybody has a right to it? My past protests at this apparent inequity have been…

Najaf Burns – My Harrowing Two Days 150 150 ComfortAid International

Najaf Burns – My Harrowing Two Days

I am sicker than a dog and feel lousy with an annoying head cold, all the way from Orlando to JFK, Dubai and eventually Najaf, almost 24-hours later. Sitting, on the Dubai to Najaf flight, in the adjacent aisle, is an elderly Bohri guy sporting a flowing white beard; his wife and daughter in law…

WhatsApp Blues / Vivid Imaginations – A Memoir 150 150 ComfortAid International

WhatsApp Blues / Vivid Imaginations – A Memoir

WhatsApp Blues So I am holed up in Dubai for a week, in between projects because of the violence in Iraq. Both Sohail and I are supposed to travel to Nasiriyah, Iraq, to commission the drilling of a deep water well that’ll provide potable water to about 20,000 desperate people currently consuming contaminated water but…

A Flight Into Bamiyan / Vivid Imaginations – A Memoir 150 150 ComfortAid International

A Flight Into Bamiyan / Vivid Imaginations – A Memoir

A Flight Into Bamiyan After spending rough four days traversing the interiors of rugged rural Daykundi Province in Afghanistan, checking up on and auditing CAI’s five medical clinics, we are ready to travel to Bamiyan. The day in Nilli begins benign enough, but chilly, 38F. This might not be the end of the world for…

Gehraa Thoughts / Vivid Imaginations – A Memoir 150 150 ComfortAid International

Gehraa Thoughts / Vivid Imaginations – A Memoir

Gehraa Thoughts There is this teenager at Masjid al Hayy, in Sanford, that recently arouses my curiosity in him. He is striking, with clear eyes and is very fair – definitely not a typical Khoja. He is tall, with a full head of hair that is marred by a ghastly hairdo. The kind that teenagers…

A Wanting Dream From The Past / Vivid Imaginations – A Memoir 150 150 ComfortAid International

A Wanting Dream From The Past / Vivid Imaginations – A Memoir

A Wanting Dream From The Past I am a dreamer, have always been one. It is the easiest way to turn off the evil and troubles in the current day dunya and return to the carefree, innocent life of yesteryears. Usually, these trances are a sure cure for my doldrums and I feel better afterward.…

Adventures In Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone / Vivid Imaginations – A Memoir 150 150 ComfortAid International

Adventures In Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone / Vivid Imaginations – A Memoir

Adventures In Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone The quest to offer quality education available to the children of poor communities worldwide provides CAI Trustees with wonderful opportunities for interesting and adventure-filled global travel. Last week, I am in West African with fellow Trustee Sohail and CAI African representative, Murtaza Bhimani. Consider my itinerary – Fly from…

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