Monday, May 30, 2005


Having just finished reading all five volumes of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (You need a really warped sense of humor to get all the way through.), I would like to share a couple lessons from it.

The Perfectly Normal Beast is a creature that stampedes in herds, much like bison (buffalo)...except that they appear out of thin air and stampede off into thin air again.

In fact, this IS perfectly normal. Most things come and go as if by magic. Like the hunters in the book, who take advantage of the one week stampede to get all the meat they can for the year, we also have the opportunity to grab as much joy and fulfillment of everything that passes or even stampedes through our lives.

It's up to you to make the most of every minute. Go get 'em.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Saify Hospital

Saifee Hospital – Mumbai

(A Vision - A Wish - A Bounty)


Huzurala (tus) said in a bayan on the 9th of Moharram 1426 H that, “I, Mumluko Ale Mohammed, have built the Saifee Hospital in remembrance of my revered father Syedna Taher Saifuddin (RA) and in his name. The Khidmat Guzaars who have uundertaken this project have strived that it is ‘One of the best hospitals with most modern equipments’. Moula (tus) prayed for the completion of the project and expressed his desire that the inauguration of the grand hospital, with the best medical facilities, be held during the occasion of the Milad of Imamuz Zaman (as) and his own 94th Milad Mubarak.


Saifee Hospital is a pearl in a necklace, a wonderful and beautiful peace of architecture at Charni Road in Mumbai, India. The entire structure of the Saifee hospital is built with a blend of Fatemi and modern architecture. The hospital has become an important landmark of Mumbai. The exterior of the hospital reflects the past and modernity in its eye-catching design. It is the only building in Mumbai with 3 level basements and is 45 ft below ground level, a part of which is below the sea level and underwater. The Saifee Hospital has 10 floors and is the tallest building in Mumbai. The height of the entire building is about 175 ft above ground level.


Use of modern technology is to the highest extent. Solar energy will be used for boilers and heating purposes. Linen and laundry as well as sterilization will be done with highest precautions and used tools and linen will be transported to the plant and re-sent from different outlets.


The Saifee hospital is the only hospital in Mumbai having all the diagnostic departments, facilities and equipment for all ailments.


The Saifee Hospital is the only hospital in Mumbai having a water desalination and purification plant to WHO standards. Water is purified to such an extent that it could be used for intake from any tap from within the hospital.


The hospital has two generators that can take over in case of emergency power failure within 10 seconds so that any treatments, especially operations are not suffered.


It is the only hospital in Mumbai where an entire floor is dedicated to alternative medicine like yoga. Physiotherapy, fitness center, library and auditorium are also located on this floor.


Another floor is dedicated to operation theatres and maternity wards. The Saifee Hospital consists of seven OTs in all. The OTs have a special lighting system that is the only one of its kind in India, these special lights are helpful especially during in-depth surgeries. Special cameras are fixed for monitoring and watching the operation with the consent of the patient. This would enable the doctors to consult any other doctor anywhere around the world during an operation in case of emergencies.


The hospital was built in about 4 years and will be officially inaugurated on the 6th of June 2005, Inshallah, on the occasion of the 94th milad mubarak of Aqamola (tus). It is Huzurala’s dua mubarak that patients return from this hospital fully cured.


May Allah Subhanahu bless our beloved Moula Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (tus) a long and healthy life. Ameen

Sunday, May 15, 2005


"The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie."

Ann Landers hits a very live wire here, because so many lies are dressed up - not just wrapped up in other lies, but also wrapped up in social conventions that let us get away with fooling others and ourselves.

Lies about the sustainability of the planet.

Lies about how other people should be raising their children.

Lies about what we can do if "everyone" else is doing it.

Often convenience replaces truth. The best dressed lies are the ones we tell ourselves. Shouldn't we be able to tell ourselves the naked truth?

Thursday, May 12, 2005


Dream big dreams. At the end of the day, look back and se them come true. Even if they look like failures to others, they can look like success to you...just because you dared to dream them.

When you dream big there is no failure, only success. After all, what is reality if not what we believe it to be?

Wednesday, May 11, 2005


On my desk is a squeezable stress ball, sporting a wide happy-face grin. I have to admire my stress ball. No matter how hard I squeeze it, no matter how twisted out of shape it becomes, no matter how I try to mangle always returns to its natural shape. And through it all, it never stops smiling!

Don't let outside forces spoil your day. Smile through it all and just push yourself back into shape when the storms are over.

Sunday, May 01, 2005


"A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears."

Michel de Montaigne reminds us that we suffer more from our fears than from those scary things we are afraid of. Knowing that alone should be enough comfort to reduce the fear. Just a little?