My time with His Holiness: Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhannuddin RA

By: Muffazal Lakdawala

What makes a man stand out from the ordinary common man the Aam Aadmi. Is it who he is born to?  Or how he leads his life or how he reacts to situations he is faced with… I believe true leaders of men are made here on earth, by their words, thoughts and actions.  They don’t necessarily do different things, they just look at things differently from you and me.

One such man I knew was His Holiness Syedna Dr Mohammed Burhannuddin, leader of the Dawoodi Bohras. A community of peace loving people, mainly businessmen and traders — I was very fortunate to be involved in his medical care over the last 5 years. Imagine treating someone who was 102 years old, had a massive following and someone I was taught to pray to since I was born. He, in short, was the closest human form of God I knew of, and here I was operating on God himself. It was not only challenging but also an intimidating experience.

Let me start from the beginning….

I was a kid no more than 5 years old running behind his car as were scores of others screaming Moula Moula only for him to catch a fleeting glimpse of me through a half opened car window. I believed that if he even so much as looked at me I would be blessed. I would attend his sermons during Muharram and Ramzaan religiously. The qualities he had even then were kindness, charisma and patience which lasted with him till he breathed his last. He treated kings, presidents, men of honour with the same grace as he cared for the underprivileged.

Years back, my parents had got an interest-free loan from him to pay for my medical fees and my books in first year of MBBS came from a library of old books, which was something the community ran. A fact that probably he would have never known. That the man who would operate on him years later actually became a doctor thanks to one of the innumerable charity initiatives he ran. Like me, there would be millions who would have benefitted from his generosity.

Today with God’s grace, I am Chairman of the Institute of Minimal Access Surgical Sciences and Research Centre at Saifee hospital and the Director of the Department of GI, Minimal Access and Bariatric surgery at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute Gurgaon. I have had the honor of performing live surgeries in almost all Asian countries and the privilege of operating on a host of dignitaries, politicians and religious leaders across religions.

5 years back, when I was in Taiwan when I got a call from Dr Moiz — who happened to be His Holiness son in law — seeking my opinion and advice for a medical problem he had. It was 2.30 am then. I stumbled out of bed and called back just to make sure I was not dreaming. He had the means of seeking the best of medical opinions from across the world so I was elated that they sought my opinion. Dr Moiz is a man of few words, the backbone and shadow of His Holiness for the last 15 years or so. I believe that the Syedna was blessed to have a son in law like him he was a picture of selfless devotion to just one cause — his father in laws health and wellbeing.

I gave my advice to the best of my medical ability which differed for some other opinions at that time. Mine turned out correct and that’s what got the family to trust my judgment even more. Managing him was –I believe– one of my toughest assignments to date. It was a test of my medical skill and risk taking abilities. I had to treat him like any other normal 100 year old man still remaining cognizant of the fact as to who he was.

As it would be with any patient but more so a VVIP secrecy was of utmost importance. There were times when my mother had called to say that she had heard that His Holiness was not well did I have any clue. My answer almost always was, “Mom I have no clue…” when at that very moment I could have been standing right in front of him.”

I visited him late at nights or early mornings so that nobody saw me as that would have set tongues wagging with all sorts of stories. When he reached his 100th birthday, I was elated as I felt I had played a small part in getting him there. I particularly, remember this one instance on his birthday when he had stepped out to meet his followers. He was not particularly in the pink of health but had a promise to keep to the millions who were there to catch a glimpse of him. If you happened to even glance on the newspapers and saw the sea of humanity at his funeral, you would know what I was talking about. I realised then as to how difficult your life can be if you have a God like status.

All credit to the man himself. He was patience personified in the worst of times, always smiling through all the pain.  If I enquired on how he was doing he would want to know how was my day and if my father was well. I had the rare opportunity to hold his hand without being pushed around sitting alone by his side. I was indeed privileged and blessed. In his son Mufaddal Aliqader — I have seen many a quality his father possessed, poise, grace and kindness. It is my belief that he shall lead this community forward in this era with the same vision his father had done in the past.

Reasons behind the Demonetization of the existing currency

Something to ponder on ….

Now, where does Modi’s demonetization of the OHD currency come into the picture?

Is it really to curb black money? To a very small extent.

Is it to end corruption? You wish!

Is it to end terror financing? How innocent!

Is it to end counterfeits? Quite impractical

So what does Modi really intend to do with this demonetization scheme?

The answer is that, right from the beginning Modi has all been having an eye the savings of the middle class and the small fish and trying to get them to deposit cash into banks. This includes both cash and gold deposits. For this reason, he has launched many ‘schemes’, two of which the Jan Dhan Yojana and the Gold Monetization scheme. Under the Jan Dhan Yojana, even the lower income people and people from rural areas can begin to use banks to keep their cash. Atleast that is what is being said. Modi wants the people of India to keeping their cash in the banks, instead of holding it with themselves in any form. In the Gold Monetization scheme, he tried to incentivize people to deposit their gold assets into banks. When both failed to provide the returns he was looking for, he is now resorting to other methods.

So why does Modi so desperately want people to keep their assets in liquid form and in the banks?

The answer is quite simple: When banks have cash holdings, the politicians can easily force and arm twist the banks into granting loans to their crony capitalist friends like the Mallyas, Adanis and Ambanis, who have funded their election campaigns. In many cases like in Mallya’s case, they end up not even returning the borrowed capital back to the banks, let alone repay the interest. All these loans by crony capitalist loans will be converted as bad assets eventually and get written off by the banks(Rs 5,71,443 crore as of June 2016). All this while continuously increasing the interest rates on the loans taken by the middle class and smaller businesses.

So what happens next?

The thousands of crores that will get deposited into banks over the next few weeks will be immediately handed out as loans to the big businesses like Adani, Ambani etc, who are now entering the defence sector and other similar projects(Adani’s Bhutan Power project worth Rs. 800 cr). For example, the Ambanis (RIL)need to make investments to the tune of approximately Rs. 1,300cr for entering the defence sector. Ambani is not going to invest all the money from his pocket, right. Why?

A. Because he doesn’t know how profitable the venture will be. It will be profitable no doubt because he will land all the government defense contracts for sure, but he may not be sure of the degree of profitability of the Returns on Investment (RoI). On a side note, it is worth noting that as soon as Modi came to power, the diesel supply contract for Indian Railways was taken away from Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and awarded to Reliance. As per 2013 figures, Railways consumed fuel worth Rs. 24,000 cr. As per 2015 figures, Railways consume 2.6 billion litres of diesel annually. So as of 2015, this contract alone was worth a ballpark Rs. 35,000 cr, and rising every year.

B. Secondly, this is free public money, which corporates may or may not choose to pay back to the banks.

7 Spriritual Lessons from the Invalidation of Currency in India

1. The change is sudden

Everyone is concerned by the action of the night making it invalid through the India high-value currency. Nobody saw it coming; Or has been prepared; Or was even an idea of its happening.

But there is something else that we know will surely come, but aren’t sure when, where and how – is death. And it will come even more stealthily than that!

We had 4 hours notice for this – but in death, there is not 4 seconds. Are we ready for secrecy and suddenness in death?

2. The value can be lost in a second

We got Lakhs of rupees in 500 and 1000 denomination yesterday – but today, they’re just pieces of paper!

Similarly, all gains verbal – money, wealth, fame, power – not only the high currency – all will be worthless for us a second after death.

3. Don’t Bank on banks

As ATMs and banks are closed today, the options for doing good deeds will close with death. No other charity can be made / notes withdrawn by us directly.

We can take advantage of the assets we purchased earlier with the motto 500 / 1,000, but can not buy new now. Similarly, only durable goods of good deeds we have created us will benefit after death – no new goodness can then be made.

4. False will not last

One of the goals of the action is to deal with counterfeit money. After that, all the false notes will be out of the system. So will it be with ourselves and our actions…

Try us – we notes authentic or fake – success, relationships, happiness, even good deeds? Our life is authentic or do we live a false life in a fake world?

5. Small is great

The great feats are at risk to raise pride and arrogance. The real jewels are small, quiet, hidden, deeds that are done with sincerity when nobody’s watching.

The person with two 100 rupee notes is now richer than the person with a thousand 500 rupees!

6. Source of questions

You will be asked for each of your actions, and your source / intent will be seen.

When you go to the Bank to exchange the note Rs 500/1000, you will be asked identity / PAN / source of income.

Similarly, when you make your actions to the creator, it will ask you your source / intentions / your goal. Have you done this to be called a generous person? Or to compete with someone? Or only for the will and the happiness of God?

Only the last will be valid currency!

7. Plan in advance.  

Many people are busy to worry and plan what they can do with the invalidated currency now. But it may be too late.
Plan for the afterlife must begin in the present – with a good intention, sincere devotion and regular action. Otherwise, it could be too late.

Uber vs Careem Pakistan – Advantages and Disadvantages

As UBER and Careem stepped into Pakistan. We decided to bring you the detailed analysis of Uber vs Careem Pakistan so you can easily decide which app you should choose to commute. This analysis will help people of Pakistan to decide the better service according to their needs.

Careem:

Careem is a Taxi booking service founded in Dubai. You can avail Careem in 10 Countries. If you don’t have this app you can Download HERE if you have an Android phone and HERE if you have an iOS. Careem’s HQ is located in Karachi. If you want 3 Free rides from Careem, click HERE.

Advantages:

  • If you have the promo code then their ride will cost you cheaper than a Rickshaw ride.
  • Careem users feel safe because they get each and everything about their ride and it’sdriver before it picks them up.
  • If you have used their service several times, then there is a chance you might get apromo code.
  • Drivers are well mannered.
  • If you are in the middle of the city (Karachi,Lahore, and Islamabad) then this App is perfect.
  • You can make money though Careem by giving them your Car on rent. If you’re interested,contact them.

Disadvantages:

  • Sexual harassment case has been reported in Source
  • It costs higher than Uber.
  • Users prefer to usePromo code, which is not easily accessible, according to a student, “Without promo codes, Careem service is expensive”
  • Due to non-availability, Careem loses 40% of their customers for not having the rides on time.
  • Careem still struggles to have their coverage in NorthKarachi, Surjani, Bufferzone, Gulshan because of not having enough cars or customers.
  • Waiting time can be longer.

Uber:

Similar to Careem, Uber is also a Taxi booking service. It is an American based transport booking organization. In Pakistan, It’s HQ is in Lahore, because they started their service in Lahore first.

Advantages:

  • It offers thecheapest price. It only costs Rs. 13.7 per KM, 3.7 per minute.
  • It has been serving more countries than Careem.
  • You can make more than Rs100,000 with Uber!
  • It’s cheaper than careem, you do not need any kind ofpromo code to avail a cheap ride. If you use two or three rides from Uber, then you will get a promo code.
  • You can avail discounts by sharing a unique link to their App. Want to know more about this ? drop your questions in the comment box.
  • Many eminent celebrities, such as Mahira khan and other have endorsed and appreciated their service, unlike Careem.
  • They haveluxury cars UberBlack and UberLUX! Which will soon be unveiled?

Disadvantages:

  • A lot of harassment cases have beenreported all around the world.
  • Limited coverage in Pakistan.
  • People switch to other apps such as A-Taxi and Careem due to nonavailability of cars in their area.
  • Driverand ride details are not very coherent.

Conclusion:

After having a detailed analysis of Uber vs Careem Pakistan, it’s time to draw a conclusion, I have met many people online and face to face and asked them about their experiences with these two services, Uber and Careem. Most of the people suggested UBER is Better! than Careem. Furthermore, Uber vs Careem Pakistan, I have also experienced and have given both the app a chance, and the problem I faced with Careem was non-availability of cars in my area, and if cars are available then the waiting time is longer thIn I ever expected (2 hours!). So, I give Uber a try and it worked like a charm, so according to all the reviews gathered from the public who used both of these apps, UBER stands out as the best App for booking Taxi in Pakistan.

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