Thursday, November 13, 2008


Dowra Sharings: 6 - On Arrival

Arriving in Dubai, then Sanaa was not the same as arriving at Seyoun Airport which is a gentle ride away from Tarim.

I still cannot explain what it felt like to finally have arrived.

The Dar al-Mustafa representatives had come to Sanaa and made appropriate arrangements for us at a Hotel. However, Seyoun was different. An extroadinary couple came to collect us. This was also the first time I met a woman who was adhering to the Tarimi customs in both her physical and non-physical conduct.

It took me almost a month to just write about this one moment. I am not certain whether you, the reader will understand it or not. However, I hope you will try:

Thursday 24/07/08 - post Isha

On Arrival

"When we got here,
it seemed
or felt
as if we'd arrived

The aura
came to receive
was so

Reminds the spirit
and a pleasant greeting
in a
conservative manner

I had the fortunate opportunity to speak to the organisers of early Dowras for important advice. One of these people was the wife of our teacher Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa.

In a conversation with her, a week prior to leaving England, she said:

"..when students of knowledge used to enter Tarim, they would remove their shoes.."

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008



A couple of weeks ago I was officially discharged from the Outpatient's Department.

As alot of well-wishers have been enquiring about my health in recent months. Here is a little Q & A about the affair:

1. So what does this mean?

Well for starters it means that I no longer am under the care of a consultant for my wrist or elbow concluding an epoch of referrals which began 3.5 years ago. It also means I am no longer being treated by the Medical Profs for anything.

2. Why have you been discharged?

Quite simply put: there is nothing that the meds can do for me.

3. Why not?

Because I don’t have a worsening condition.

4. Didn’t you have arthritis in your wrist?

I had an episode of arthritis in my wrist but there is no arthritic process continuing.

5. Are you cured then?

Your guess is as good as mine.

6. What next?

The vastness of God’s Creation holds no limits to what is possible.

I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this process. So many people have helped me that I know I will always fall short of acknowledging their favours. May God Almighty make me a faithful slave and a grateful human being.

A trip down memory lane:

Review - 2005

Review - 2006

Review - 2007

Artist acknowledgement:
Original artwork by Curly aged 6, Sept 2008 ;-)


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