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September 4th, 2009 150 150 ComfortAid International

September 4th, 2009

It Rained Bombs In Kabul Please click here to ready my (hopefully) interesting trip into Afghanistan right in the middle of her presidential elections. Please click here to view the photo gallery of this trip. New Trustees for CAI: I am happy to welcome Imran Abdullah of Houston, TX and Abbas Jaffer of New York…

August 24th, 2009 150 150 ComfortAid International

August 24th, 2009

Kargil Medical Trip Report, August 2009 A Personal Note: With the onset of this very blessed month, I greet you and wish you a very blessed and fruitful Ramadhan, full of Allah’s blessings, forgiveness and mercy. Allah (S) has virtually guaranteed us forgiveness this month; we have only to open up and ask Him for…

August 13, 2009 150 150 ComfortAid International

August 13, 2009

Medical Appeal I am on my way to Afghanistan at the moment but wanted your urgent assistance regarding the following 2 life / death medical cases from Kargil where CAI just concluded a very successful medical camp (report and photos out in very near future). 1. Kaniz Fatemah is 7, hails from Lankarchey District in…

August 7th, 2009 150 150 ComfortAid International

August 7th, 2009

Succession I feel it very important I communicate the subject of succession of CAI operations if something were to happen to me. It is redundant to state that I am a mere mortal, but I’ll state it nevertheless; I AM! There are a number of things that can happen; I could be killed in an…

August 2009 Report 150 150 ComfortAid International

August 2009 Report

It Rained Bombs in Kabul Indian Airline flight IA844 to Kabul is bang on time, a miracle of sorts and we troupe to another half hearted security check before we board a bus that takes us to the aircraft. The flight is only about quarter full; due perhaps to increased security concerns of upcoming presidential…

July 26th, 2009 150 150 ComfortAid International

July 26th, 2009

Ramadhan Iftaar Appeal – Update I was praying real hard we could, through some miracle, not deny food grains already allocated to the poor and destitute this Ramadhan. Alas, this is not the case and we have to be pragmatic and make the hard choices. We have cut the number of families we will assist…

July 14th, 2009 150 150 ComfortAid International

July 14th, 2009

Ramadhan Iftaar Appeal – Update As you can gather from the indicator, this years Iftaar fund-raising is in serious, serious trouble; a striking departure from yesteryear’s. I will have some very hard choices to make in the next week to 10 days, either reducing the quantity or number of families we give to, both heart…

May 19th, 2009 150 150 ComfortAid International

May 19th, 2009

Afghanistan Project Inauguration – In Video As promised, here is the video clip of all CAI projects we inaugurated or initiated during our trip to Afghanistan earlier this month. It is about 30 minutes long but very informative, so I urge you to invest this time and view it. There is no commentary so you…

May 2009 Report 150 150 ComfortAid International

May 2009 Report

Alhamd’Allah, I have just returned from a 9 day trip to Afghanistan; I was accompanied by Sayyed Muhammed Mussawi (WABIL, London), Brother Gulaam Virji (Dubai), Brother Aziz Jawad (Dubai), Dr. Afzal Yusufali (Dubai) and Brother Aliakber Ratansi (Al Imaan, Mumbai). Our travels took us to Kabul, Heraat, Mazaar, Bamiyaan, YawKawlang, Sachaack and back to Kabul.…

April 18th, 2009 150 150 ComfortAid International

April 18th, 2009

Afghanistan Trip I am preparing to go visit CAI initiated and sponsored projects in Afghanistan yet again, on April 23, returning May 03 insha’Allah. Joining me this time are: Syyed Muhammed Mussawi – WABIL UK Gulam Virji – Dubai Dr. Afzal Yusufali – Dubai Aziz Jawad – Dubai Aliakber Ratansi – Al Imaan Charitable Trust,…

March 14th, 2009 150 150 ComfortAid International

March 14th, 2009

Trip Report – Sirsi, March 2009 May this very auspicious birthdays of our beloved Prophet Muhammed (S) and the anchor of Fikh e Jafferia, Imam Saddiq (A) be a day of much rejoicing and happiness, for you and your families. May all your prayers be answered by the intercession of these holy and blessed personalities.…

March 3rd, 2009 150 150 ComfortAid International

March 3rd, 2009

The Wretched Khanabadoshis of Koregaun The second class air conditioned train journey to Sangli from Mumbai, India is relatively comfortable and uneventful; we have dinner and sleep almost all the six hours it takes to get there. We comprise of Imran Dharsi and Anis Surti from Al Imaan and me. Shabbirbhai Nayaani is at the…

March 2009 Report 150 150 ComfortAid International

March 2009 Report

Chandaawal Water Project, Kabul Afghanistan In December of 2004, I had the good fortune of meeting three orphan girls on my way up the slops of Chandaawal, on the outskirts of Kabul. These three children were between the ages of seven and nine; children of a  man executed by the Talibaan in Mazaar Shareef. Bibi…

February 22nd, 2009 150 150 ComfortAid International

February 22nd, 2009

India Medical Support Services As you all know, CAI has been operating on a zero cost administration entity; i.e. all funds collected go directly to the beneficiaries, 100%, not a single penny is deducted for absolutely any administration cost that CAI incurs. Alhamd’Allah, this promise to our donors has been kept to date. Now, with…

February 22nd, 2009 150 150 ComfortAid International

February 22nd, 2009

India Medical Support Services As you all know, CAI has been operating on a zero cost administration entity; i.e. all funds collected go directly to the beneficiaries, 100%, not a single penny is deducted for absolutely any administration cost that CAI incurs. Alhamd’Allah, this promise to our donors has been kept to date. Now, with…

December 2008 Report 150 150 ComfortAid International

December 2008 Report

 Insha’Allah; your efforts to please Lady Fatemah (A) during these days of sadness and tragedy are going well. Another year has passed us by and we at CAI look towards the new one determined to consolidate and expand upon our successes and reflect and learn from minor setbacks. It goes without saying that all the…

November 2008 Report 150 150 ComfortAid International

November 2008 Report

Off the bat, I apologize for this rather long but very important message; I urge you to please read through it for it may help you help CAI. I am blessed, yet again, ninth time since 2004, with a visit to Kabul and Herat in Afghanistan this first week of November. Nothing seems to have…

August 2008 Report – Report Two 150 150 ComfortAid International

August 2008 Report – Report Two

This month, I had the opportunity to visit India and observe some of Comfort Aid’s charitable projects. It was an eye-opening experience as I got to see first-hand the problems faced by our brothers and sisters in India as well as the effort being made to solve those problems. I’m thankful to Br. Yusuf Yusufali…

August 2008 Report – Part One 150 150 ComfortAid International

August 2008 Report – Part One

The remote village of YawKawlang in Bamiyaan Province of Afghanistan is relatively small; scattering of crumbling mud homes with a front and back yard full of planted crops and an orchid of apples, figs, apricots and black berries on some that have bigger, more affluent lots. All of them own animals; for sheep and cattle…

July 2008 Report 150 150 ComfortAid International

July 2008 Report

My dear Muslims, I have, alhamd’Allah, returned to Mumbai from a visit to Afghanistan yet again; a visit marred by the terrible explosion outside the Indian embassy in Kabul on July 7 that took the lives of 58 people. An explosion we witnessed from our vehicle about a mile away, while on our way to…

March 2008 Report 150 150 ComfortAid International

March 2008 Report

As usual, I pen this trip report after my recent trip to many countries, particularly to Comfort Aid International projects in India and Afghanistan. Alhamd’Allah, I visited Paris, France and Antananarivo, Madagascar to brief our Momeneens there about the dicey and delicate situation with our community in Afghanistan. I have taken it on myself to…

December 2007 Report 150 150 ComfortAid International

December 2007 Report

 I am back in the US after an extensive six week trip to Africa, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and India. Alhamd’Allah, the trip was both exhausting and successful. Following are my comments and experiences in each city I visited. I pray you will find it both informative and useful in planning your charitable giving for this…

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