Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Helping Hand Case Completed: Fruit Push Cart

Following is the case email I sent out to you guys on 23rd of April 2011.

Assalam o Alaikum,

I want to discuss a case of a person who has sold his push cart and stationary (which he used to sell on the push cart) just for the hospitalization and operation of his wife, who has a brain tumor. His wife is out of danger now and has been discharged from Ziauddin Hospital. This man has to pay 7000 to the owner of the house in which he and his family is living on rental basis. Besides, they are out of ration and urgently needs some money to cater their day to day and very basic needs. We have given him 7000 rupees immediately against the rent, because the owner was threatening him with dire consequences and 500 for basic ration items. But 500 rupees are just nuts, we need to raise some amount for the family's one month ration at least, and than some amount to buy a second hand push cart and stationary items for the man to start his business as quickly as possible. As the Chinese saying goes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

Occupation - Used to sell stationary on Push Cart in M.A.H.S
Wife Was patient of Dr. Aijaz Ahmed Waro @ Ziauddin Hospital
Residence - Katchi Abadi near Nazimabad #4

Wassalam,

Alhamdolilah ! together we did well and were able to collect enough funds to not only arrange for his Push Cart and Fruits (to sell on Push Cart) but also supported him in paying off his PKR 42k loan (taken from neighbors) and some amount for his basic ration and other day to day needs.

This person is mashaAllah now earning PKR 250 – 300 daily. We have some remaining funds which we will use to pay his rent in upcoming couple of months and inshaAllah after that he’ll be able to manage on his own.

Jazakumullahu Khair.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Helping Hand Required: Daughter Marriage

There’s a white collared family who is unable to proceed with the scheduled marriage of her daughter (aged 35 years) due to financial constraints. They were waiting for quite some time to save enough amount for the very basic arrangements of the marriage. Unfortunately, time went by and they couldn’t save enough. The problem is two fold, their daughter age is increasing as time passes and they also fear they might loose the groom if they delayed the marriage for long. Although they were reluctant to ask for help, but due to these circumstances they left with no other choice but to ask for help from relatives and friends.

Alhamdolilah ! people have extended support and they now need at least PKR 30k before 19th June 2011. Please help, which ever the way you can.

Family is eligible for Zakat, Khairat and Atiyaat.

Contact myself on cell @ 92.321.8707783 or Mr. Rehan @ 92.300.2824644 for details on how to donate.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hanging Out: Trip to Mirpurkhas Mango Festival

I never knew that mango varieties exists in “hundreds”. Just look at the images in the slide show and you will be surprised to see so many varieties. From mangoes as small in size of a walnut to as big as that of a melon. It was a wonderful experience to attend the annual mango festival. We also went to the Fruit Wholesale Market and bought “Sindhri” Mangoes at a rate of PKR 280 per “Paitee”. Where each “paitee” holds approximately 11KG of mangoes. This means almost PKR 25 per KG. Amazing price for such a treat !

We left Karachi soon after fajir prayers, at dawn, around 6:00 am. We were at Hyderabad at 9:00 am. Yes it took us more time than usual because we were “out of control” as per the allegations from our Amir-e-Jamat (group leader) and honestly we can not deny this completely, provided he have the following as a proof:

Stop by a tuck shop of a CNG Station for Ice Cream and Mineral WaterStop by a tuck shop of a CNG Station for Ice Cream and Mineral Water

The road network from Hyderabad to Tando Jam, Tando Jam to Tando Allahyar and Tando Allahyar to Mirpurkhas is under active construction. And, from the looks of the work being done, it seems to be a quality work. Hopefully, once completed, it will reduce the travel time and inconvenience a lot.

Another unique experience was a famous local drink, “Thaadal”. Very cool and refreshing taste, made from “Khashkhash, Saunf, Illaichi, Kali Mirch, Badaam, Char Maghz and Arq-e-Gulab”.

Enjoying "Thaadal" at a highway shopEnjoying "Thaadal" at a highway shop

We reach Expo Center of the Horticulture Research Center Mirpurkhas at around 12:30pm. After visiting the Annual Mango Festival for an hour and half, we left for Fruit Wholesale Market, struck a deal and were ready to leave Mirpurkhas by 4:00pm. We travelled back, all the way to Hala Naka at Hyderabad exit and stayed here to experience the famous “Karhai”. It was 10:00pm when we left Hala Naka for Karachi and by 12:30pm we were back in Karachi.

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Eating Out: Buffet Dinner @ Food Center, Burns Road, Karachi

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Friday, June 3, 2011

“Myths of Israel” by The General’s Son - Miko Paled

Source: http://www.alternatefocus.org

Miko Peled is a peace activist who dares to say in public what others still choose to deny. Born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well known Zionist family, his grandfather, Dr. Avraham Katsnelson was a Zionist leader and signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His Father, Matti Peled, was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general in the war of 1967 when Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and Sinai. Miko’s unlikely opinions reflect his father’s legacy. General Peled was a war hero turned peacemaker.