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The book is selling well even now in MENA and countries like in Morocco (Remember the old sent fan email? Also one from Jordan) – but more in Europe America Australia India South Africa etc… Unfortunately Royalties take years and being non USA citizen procedure is long too ….

I will try for A Cry for Help book at least – and others too – Inshallah when I have the money one day Amin… but THIS IS GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!


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Is It Time For The Expatriates ‘To Start To Think To Start’ To Leave? 1

July 12, 2011


Is It Time For The Expatriates ‘To Start To Think To Start’ To Leave?

A Question For The Expatriates To Ask For Themselves Only!


There was an article a few weeks back by a famed Omani Columnist titled – ‘Fearing axe expats leaving for good’! This is my dire attempt to try to address that assertion being made.

“O my people! I have indeed conveyed to you the Message of my Lord, and I have given you good advise but you like not good advisers.” (Ch 7:73-79 Quran)

Prophet Saleh – (MethuSaleh) – Peace Be Upon Him.

No one is listening to me – now I know how a radio feels! – Grandpa Abe Simpson.

The problem is many people hear – but few listen! – Anon

Importantly and more sadly, it cannot be denied that a lot of things have changed in our Oman now – especially with our Youth! Things will never ever be the same again!  All the things I had tried to caution and counsel have come into being – especially in my two Management books – Psychology of Arab Management Thinking – and more importantly even in the title itself – A Cry for Help! The book was published one year before what had
happened to us! – www.majidbooks.com


I am writing this all today because of the article – see it here –

Reply to Saleh Shaibany – https://majidsn.com/2011/06/21/reply-to-saleh-al-shaibany-fearing-axe-expats-leaving-for-good/

 Also this one – https://majidsn.com/2011/06/24/the-final-episode-learning-to-go-silent-now/

– The New Future.

– What The Old Man Said!

 Also this article – http://www.betweenusonly.com/?p=1325
– Time To Say Goodbyes!

– Equal Opportunity and Pay

Please read all these articles in joint consultation with this write up.


No one knows how far this is true but the story goes on like this. After Iddi Amin the ex
Ugandan Dictator had ‘chucked out Asians’ from Uganda, there were stories that some local peoples had approached also the then President of Tanzania – Julius Nyerere and asked him – What about us in Tanzania? Are we going also to ask the Asians to leave as Uganda has done?

Iddi Amin had accused the Asians of siding with the British to destroy ‘from within‘the  economy of Uganda. He also said he had received a ‘dream’ from God to ‘chuck out all the Asians’ in Uganda! Nyerere is purported to have replied – No we will not tell anybody to leave – but they will all leave by themselves without us telling them to do so! – Which they did – especially after the ‘Ujamaa’ Socialist policies then! Tanzanian Asians mainly were the next exodus to leave Tanzania – just like their Ugandan brethrens!

Known of his temperamental and unpredictable behaviours, in a speech to his peoples he – Iddi Amin – took a ‘Citizenship’ document of an Asian named Patel – he tore it up and exclaiming – Mr. Patel – you are now no longer the citizen of The Republic of Uganda! He added – No longer ‘Paper Citizens’ – We do not want them here anymore! – To wild acclaim,
applause and cheers from his congregation – of the indigenous African population of Uganda!

There were many of us who had left early from Zanzibar after the bloody revolution of January 1964 to move to places like Dar es Salaam and other places in Tanzania and Kenya mainly. Incidentally few Arabs origins in Uganda were touched by Iddi Amin calling himself as a ‘Muslim’ and allied to the Palestinian cause. I wonder how many Asians who might have been
pro-Palestinians but were still on those planes leaving Uganda for mainly UK, Canada and Australia – and had missed the boat in joint affiliations with Iddi Amin on these leanings?

Anyway, those of us who lived in Tanzania were subjected to continuous embarrassing searches – even at homes – and if known as ex Zanzibar Refugees. The situation went worse after the assassination of Abeid Amani Karume – the then President of Zanzibar – by one ‘Arab’ youth who was pro the system and was working in the Army. They were called ‘Comrades’ or the Socialists supported by Cuba and China mainly – and had sided with the majority Africans against the fellow ‘Arab Government’ under the then the Sultan of Zanzibar – linked to the Al Busaidy family in Oman!

There were also ‘forced marriages’ when Arab, Indian and Persian girls were forced to get married to young African men – and this was the time of mass exodus of ‘coloured’ peoples in Zanzibar. Luckily, India and Iran had accepted their citizens – we Omanis were not that lucky – though the Yemenis were more luckier than us – despite their South Yemen Communist Government was in cohort with the Zanzibar Government – politics make strange bed fellows

The point is that Yemenis too were massacred in this bloody Zanzibar revolution, though! Just like the Omanis and the Arabs too – and like in Ruanda even some ‘moderate fellow Africans’ too! This was the first ethnic cleansing in Africa – not the Ruanda ones. In all these the role of ‘our protectors’ the British is all vague – and we keep forgetting they may have their own agendas – which are not necessarily parallel and linked to us then the Sultanate of Zanzibar – or the Arab side either!

You will forgive me for going far stretched out in all these – but the connections and filling in the dots will become hopefully very clear! Give me a shout – if not!

As a College student in Morogoro Tanzania at the time of the assassination of Karume, some Arab students were arrested after ‘celebrating’ this. I am not stupid nor naïve after having seen myself nearly shot and my late Father too (Please read the articles – relevant parts – Appendices My Broken Heart! and The Glass Is Bent!) – So I knew what to expect. In my diary of the day I wrote – ‘Very sad news today of the assassination of Karume’ in brief. Sometime later – a good friend of mine – an African indigenous sidled down to me whispering to me – It is good they killed the fu …ng bas…rd! – All the time he was chatting and occupying me, my college room was being searched by their peoples.

When I returned, I found my diary at the entry that it was written – and I knew that they must have photographed it – finding nothing on me – they left me alone. A few months later, I left the course and joined ESSO (EXXON) – and a few months still later on left for Oman in November 1973 – under the UN Refugee programme under UAE Rulers then – and after the Accession of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said – May Allah Give him long life and health
– Amin. Omanis started to leave East Africa to return home – after many of their Indian peers had already been millionaires in especially Canada and USA – but those were the dark gloomy days of Oman history!

Strangely my late Father who had gone to Africa to follow his father – my father with his two children at 12 boy (elder brother of mine) and 8 girl (elder sister) and with his wife – all Arabs and Omanis and born in Oman – he was the first one to return to Oman – he was arrested and jailed in Oman. In anger, he sold off all his properties then in 1956 at Quriyat Al Hail Gaaf – the twists and ironies of life – because 6 years later the Zanzibar bloody Revolution wished he did not! Especially when final return in 1972!

The person who bought his property became one of the richest families post the Ascension! Twists and ironies too it was the time of the Dhofar Rebellion wars when he came back in 1972 – and he was arrested (again) because his boat and with others was caught off (suspiciously) outside Dhofar waters – poor peoples desperate to return home and mistaken for rebel supporters instead! The irony too was that we had the same friends protecting us both in Zanzibar and in Oman!

The Arab Spring Uprisings.

I do not want to go into details in this – as too we in Oman did not escape it! However, you are invited to also read this – An Open Letter To The Omani Youth. – http://www.betweenusonly.com/?p=1315

Also http://knowledgeoman.com/en/?p=165 All Under One Flag.

And – http://www.betweenusonly.com/?p=860 Forty Years On!

So What Has Changed Now?

I can safely say this – that Oman will never be the same again. A lot of things have changed. All the things I had tried to pre-warn and counsel have come into being. Especially in my two Management books – Psychology of Arab Management Thinking – and more importantly even in the title itself! – A Cry For Help! The book was published ONE YEAR before The Arab Spring Uprisings!

The Book Theme – A Cry For Help!

A frank, honest, transparent, open and call-a-spade-a-spade no punch-spared, no barrels held stuff and no frills play book exposing the increasing lack of ethics, principles, professionalism and tolerance – plus increased radicalisation, extremism and increased
fundamentalism of the Offices environment – and in similar to the overall similar fast changing facts of the ground in the region.

Addressing the increased extremism, fundamentalism, and lack of tolerance and forbearance in the Arab workforce, Author Majid Al Suleimany presents A Cry for Help! –  Context and Perspectives – Arabian Management Services.

 In three parts, A Cry for Help! concentrates on the management styles and aspects of companies located in the Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council that encompasses Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

 It discusses the:

• Growing radicalization of local staff

• Misbehaving Few Expatriates

• Unhappy, dissatisfied local staff

Bad treatment of Local Staff – especially by some Expatriates – mainly Indian, European and Western Staff on the Locals

• Increasing extremism and fundamentalism in The Offices

For more on my books information and details – please visit www.majidbooks.com

Those who thought I was just stirring up the pot in creating artificial troubles, situations and will-not-ever-come-to-pass-in Oman-at least must have their words and tongues eaten up as the Arabs say – because I as an Omani loyal and faithful citizen was sincere, honest and genuine. In the end, I was targeted and marginalized – and I had never received any
Management Projects or Temporary Contracts after that – though I had applied many times to any openings that had arisen!

Sadly and tragically for An Author who knows many profile personalities – including HH, HE and many top Omani CEOs and GMs! – some whom I did successful projects before! You see it is all about my books! I know the sarcastic lot amongst you would add – Should we stop playing the violin now? But that does not bother me at all – my conscience, body and mind is crystal clear – and feel vindicated too – I think! Though very sad, unhappy and desolate that all my cautions and advices went to waste – and this should not have happened to us – as we were a beacon to be followed and to be emulated!

The Omani Youth have now changed forever. See here for all the topics I had written about CHANGES – in addition to my books above – https://majidsn.com/articles-since-january-2009-in-my-two-columns-in-the-oman-daily-observer/ – articles concerning changes only from January 2009 – let alone the books!

I can also say that the worst that has come out of all these is the drawing up of artificial lines and borders on the grounds – and that took the greatest hit and toll is the relationships now and the future mainly between Omanis (especially The Youth) and the Expatriates (The Old

Admittedly, Omanis generally are still over friendly, accommodating, respectful to expatriates – ever still weak and docile – and preferring expatriates to locals at all times – because they are ‘cheaper, trustworthy and more reliable’ syndromes.

Do not get me wrong – I am not against expatriates – especially without the expatriate lower ends labourers GCC countries will not be like what it is today. That is an undeniable fact – even if hard to swallow by some of us! We owe them the thanks appreciation and gratitude too at least!

I agree too that there is still some mass mistreatment and injustice to this labour force – and though steps have been started to amend and remedy the situation – it is still vague and farfetched. Far more needs to be done!

I am not naïve and stupid either – I know there are many jobs that expatriates are still better off in doing and in performance you name it!  Some are so indispensable – that if they go – the establishments they are in would most probably too collapse! The best example is the Municipal Cleaners – at 2 a.m. still cleaning the streets – whilst the rest of Oman is sleeping!

However, if you have read this it will show you that the picture is not that rosy – http://knowledgeoman.com/en/?p=728 Why There Is A Need To Omanise? Also here – http://majidall.com/2011/07/10/equal-opportunity-and-pay/ – Equal Opportunity and Pay! Also – http://main.omanobserver.om/node/57939

The Arab Spring Uprisings.

I do not want to go into details in this – as too we in Oman did not escape it! However, you are invited to also read this – An Open Letter To The Omani Youth. –

Let us also face it

If the tables were turned today and I had to work for my living in UK, USA, Europe or India etc – I will always be on my toes – show I am better than them – either openly (or by hidden innuendos and agendas) – work very hard and diligently – otherwise the natives will take me out of the equation – and ‘they will take our jobs’ – though I may well tend to forget that I am here temporarily – and the job is for their own Nationals first and foremost! And admittedly – there is nothing permanent and forever in life – except God and Death only!

If you have watched Mumbai Calling and Outsourced comedies – you will get the gist of my meaning – of how Indians at least behave lazily at home on the work front!

The Omani Example.

Ask yourself and recorded in history and maritime too – Omanis that went out had created history – and the only non-European colonialists in Africa – see start of this write-up. Their peers that stayed on and suffered in silence and agony – to the gloomy and dark days
in Oman. So what was the difference?

It was the opportunity thrown to them to the former. Today in History books in East Africa they have recorded Omanis as bringing ‘Civilization, Islam and * Cleanliness’ – though the bad side of so-called Slavery too! * Imagine my shock to see how dirty the streets were in 1972 when I came here!

There is also this element why some people will ever prefer for the expatriates to stay on! Who will rent their flats? Read their English Newspapers? Buy in the Supermarkets, Stores, and Cars? Who will the lack-of-confidence-and-trust Omani bosses shout at without impunity? Who will do their jobs – with them only signing the documents prepared by the expatriates? And all the harassments and bad treatments? Surely no fellow Omani takers for that matter!

I think you might have seen these famous British films where the joke and tease is – ‘The Natives Are Restless Tonight! – After the British Colonialists hear some distant drums beatings! – Reminds me of the song Distant Drums by Jim Reeves – that I used to like a lot as a  teenager!

I have always been accused of taking my Readers up to the bridge – and then let the Reader decide for himself to cross the bridge or not! In short, however, there is need for pragmatism, tolerance, harmony, patience, more cooperation – as in all my articles and works.

Sorry for the abrupt end – you see I am really dead tired and fatigued now ….

Take Care!


Majid Al Suleimany

Muscat – Sultanate of Oman – July 12th 2011.


*** The Office Fire *** – From – Love Story.

 Five days later after the Office fire incident and his fight with the big American CEO, he had quit the place – and taking all his things in his carton. He could not understand why he cared and felt so much for the company – but here he was treated so abruptly, crudely and badly too!

 As he pulled out from the place, he was crying first all inside – and then like a baby as he neared home. He had never cried like this ever before! The housemaid said to him – Do not cry boss – everything has a reason, and maybe there is something better for you to come.

 The Madam came home – why are you crying Darling? Do Not Cry – God will repay you. You did nothing wrong. The man thought – men do not cry, but why am I crying now? He could not explain it.

***16 Years Old*** Family – From – The Glass Is Bent!

The shot rang out! They have killed my son, the Mother cried out to the rest of the Family huddled inside. Everybody was crying! We have lost our son, the Mother cried to the Father. The shot rang out again. It was all quiet outside the house, nobody knew what was  appening. The one who said he was a Police Official and had lost his job – because of you peoples – had taken the boy outside.

I want your eldest son, pointing his pistol at the family. I want to ask him some questions. When a loaded pistol points at you, there is hardly anything you can do, even if you are many.
Besides, this was a new experience the family had never met before. An armed man who comes into your house, and wanting to kill someone because you come from that group of peoples who had made him lose his Sergeant job – though he was not an Islander, but came from the Mainland. From even a different country for that matter.

Like they say, what goes around comes around. If you do good things to peoples as part of your family’s focus and aspirations, you will be recognized – and good things will come back to you. The other armed men were now shouting to the Ex Police Man,what are doing to the boy? They are innocent peoples, they respect everyone.Besides, they just came to this place. Leave him alone. They were pointing guns at him. Give us your pistol, they said to the man. The man gave it up unwillingly. They  – they called themselves Comrades – they hit him by the butt of the rifle. He fell down. Now run they told him – or we shall shoot you next. Like also in each basket, there are good and bad fish or fruits – take your pick.

Your son is alive – the men told the family – Do Not Cry. He shot at him, but he missed him! It is God’s wish to send us to save you all. You need to come with us, to come to the refugee centre. This town on the outskirts are no longer safe for you peoples.The boy went in, they all hugged him – including his younger brother who was always picking fights with him, trying to undercut him being the leader of the pack!


Tough Job For MENA To Combat Youth Unemployment! Reply

Times of Oman also report dated July 5th 2011.

MENA: The Great Job Rush

 The ‘unemployment’ ticking time bomb and how to fix it

Today MENA has the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in the world, say the report. It drills into the causes, identifies the problems and creates a check-list of mandatory solutions.

 Regardless of whether you call it the Arab Spring or refer to the changing dynamics in the MENA region as unrest, there has been a dramatic shift in the overall paradigm and the localized effect on the job market has been definitive in both long term and short-term scenarios.

The cause of the various civil uprisings can easily be traced to authoritarian rule, corruption, large rural-urban divide, high inflation and unemployment in the region. Unemployment in particular has played a significant role in energizing the masses.

Today, MENA has the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in the world, according to a recent report released by Al Masah Capital. The ground breaking report drills into the causes, identifies the problems and creates a check list of mandatory solutions that need immediate government support and implementation; otherwise the Arab Spring will become a relatively benign side note to a much more explosive societal upheaval in the not too distant future. The Middle East clocks in at an unemployment rate of 10.3% while North Africa registers in at 9.8%. The situation in GCC is somewhat better with an unemployment rate of 4.2%. In countries like Djibouti, Yemen and Libya have unemployment rates in excess of 30% and there is little relief in sight. Joblessness is a structural problem, particularly among youth in the region. What created the spontaneous flood of people marching for change was  huge numbers of unemployed youth; the level of disaffection and disenchantment with the system was and remains palpably raw.

With one in every four youth living in this region being unemployed the numbers are growing exponentially. The figures are staggering and unless they are recognized for their potential  danger, things can get badly out of hand. A World Bank report released in 2003 had mentioned that the MENA region needs to create some 100 million new jobs during 2000-2020 to combat unemployment. The demographic data indicates that as many as 76 million people (male and female) in the MENA region will enter the 20-30 (youth) age group by 2020. Based on an employment rate of 65% among the youth and the exit of 18.3 million from the working age group (retirees), the total number of new jobs required stands at 30.7 million.

Similar analysis places the total number of new jobs required in GCC nations at 3.3 million.
Generating jobs in proportion with the growing youth population over the next 10 years will be an undeniable priority for MENA countries and one that will have to be taken very seriously indeed, according to Al Masah Capital’s research.

However, the job market is not that dynamic at present with global and regional economies growing gradually after the recession and to gear up for such an induction will tax resources and systems. “For the new generation the choices seem to be clearly leaning towards the public sector. It remains the primary source of employment in the MENA region yet,  aradoxically, is also usually also the last resort, especially in many GCC countries. The job
security that comes with it is a very attractive element,” said Shailesh Dash, founder and CEO of Al Masah Capital.

The World Bank registers that the services sector accounts for 52% of the jobs in the MENA region, 70% in the GCC region compared to 43% for the rest of the world. On the other hand, the agriculture sector and industry are responsible for 24% each compared to 35% and 22%, respectively on the global scale. A lower number of people are engaged in agriculture and this is but natural for the Middle East region due to poor climatic conditions, the terrain and the
relatively low yield. Sectoral employment trends in the MENA during 1999-2009 indicate the rising importance of the services and industry sectors. The share of both sectors has increased 1.1% and 1.2%, respectively, over the past decade. These sectors gained at the cost of agriculture which is down 2.3%).The services sector accounts for 52% and 70% of the jobs in MENA and GCC region and is expected to retain its position.

“The demographic breakdown does have a large percentage of expatriates in the labour force and this has been the case since the early days of the oil boom. This will not change hurriedly
and will require more than just legislation because private sector employers prefer foreigners over nationals due to their knowledge and skills, lower salaries, higher productivity and flexible hiring arrangements,” added Dash.

Exhibit 3: Employment statistics by sector – World, MENA and GCC

Knowing that the situation is explosive many of the MENA countries are significantly investing in improving their education system to equip their citizens with the knowledge and skills needed to join the workforce. Some countries have gone into forward thinking mode and have been hiking their budgetary allocations for education. Saudi Arabia, for example, allocated USD40 billion (more than one-fourth of its 2011 budget) for education and training. The country’s budgetary allocation for education and training was USD36.7 billion in 2010 and USD32.5 billion in 2009, highlighting the increased focus on this area. Nationalization policies, despite criticism, are also being actively pursued across the region (especially GCC) to spur employment for the local population and reduce capital outflows in the form of expatriate
remittances. MENA governments do realize the valuable contribution that expatriates offer to the economy in terms of expertise and knowledge, so they are unlikely to be targeted as unwelcomed guests. However, as more citizens come up to take job there will be slowing down of the expatriate influx.

Each MENA and GCC country faces unique challenges pertaining to unemployment and hence similar solutions cannot be applied to eradicate their problems. Therefore, each government will have to react based on its available resources and intensity of the problem and create customized solutions.

The confusion over the Saudization program recently underscores the problem. It was misunderstood to mean that all expats would be told to leave after a maximum of six years and then later clarified that it applied only to those companies that would not comply with the Saudization parameters. At this juncture, Saudi Arabia is not alone in battling a high unemployment of 10.8% (countrywide). Unemployment rates in GCC countries were lately recorded as follows: Bahrain (15%), Oman (15%), Saudi Arabia (10.8%), with UAE (2.4%), Kuwait (2.2%), Qatar (0.5%) showing less reason for fear but the overall future trends all pointing towards an escalation rather than a deceleration.

Demostrators in Libya

Governments need to look at long-term viable solutions that go to the heart of the unemployment problem. Al Masah Capital’s suggestions for solving the unemployment
dilemma are: (1) Assist self-employment/entrepreneurship, (2) Encourage investments from the private sector, (3) Continue to give greater emphasis to education, (4) Nationalization, and (5) Diversification.

To make it work deep structural changes are required, changes that go to the heart of cultural mentality, methods and processes that themselves will take generations to bear fruit.

The government support has to be long standing, unequivocal and resolute. Using Singapore as a case study, the report shows that its experiment was based on an education system that not only taught the young generation a new way of the world but equally it taught the existing generation the need to adapt to a changing world.

Demonstrators in Yemen

The fact is that over reliance on expatriates will not go away as long as the indigenous population only expects the best jobs with the best perks regardless of merit and competency. The Arab Spring shows that the Arab people are ready for this change and they are ready to accept the challenges that come with a new dawn. A failure on the part of policy makers to recognize this ‘ticking time bomb’, will have deep, long lasting negative connotations., throwing the region and its population off the growth path and into a cycle of stagnation.

In a detailed analysis and prognosis of the MENA unemployment problem, Al Masah Capital’s research report manages to paint a compelling picture. For more information on the report and to request copies, please contact: Nandini Vohra, Managing Director, The Guild, nandini@theguildpr.com.

© Press Release 2011

 Qatar has lowest unemployment rate in GCC

 DOHA: Qatar has the lowest rate of unemployment in the GCC region at 0.5 percent but experts warn that future trends point towards an escalation rather than a decline.

 Among the GCC states, Oman and Bahrain top as far as unemployment is concerned as the rate in these countries is quite high at 15 percent each, with Saudi Arabia trailing with 10.8 percent.

The UAE and Kuwait have lower joblessness rates at 2.2 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively, Al Masah Capital said in a report on unemployment in the Mena (Middle East and North Africa) region.

The region (MENA) has the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in the world, Al Masah said talking of the political upheaval jolting some countries in the region.

The cause of the various civil uprisings in these countries can easily be traced to authoritarian rule, corruption, large rural-urban divide, high inflation and unemployment in the region, Al Masah said in its report.

It added that unemployment, in particular, has played a significant role in energizing the masses.// The situation in the GCC is somewhat better, the report noted, putting the unemployment rate in the region at 4.2 percent. The report, however, said that the total number of new jobs required in the GCC states is 3.3 million.

The services sector accounts for 70 percent of the jobs in the GCC region whereas the average for MENA is 52 percent and that for the world is 43 percent.

Shailesh Dash, founder and CEO of Masah Capital, was quoted as saying that expatriates will keep dominating the jobs market of the GCC since private sector employers prefer foreigners over nationals due to a number of reasons, including their knowledge and skills, lower salaries, higher productivity and flexible recruiting arrangements.

© The Peninsula 2011

Reactions Received – Learning To Let Go! Reply

Reactions Received – Learning To Let Go!

 See Below.


1      Brother Majed – May Allah bless your cousin and take him to paradise. Amin

 I did once curve up my face! My brother did a failure hip operation in University Hospital which led to a hip replacement. After everything my mother asked me to collect donations from her very rich brothers and other surrounded rich and very rich relatives to take him to Germany… I urged her that the time you lived in has passed!! But I will give it the shot, so I started approaching those very close rich relatives…

 Majed, they said no problem we will donate, so they keep calling me daily asking me this question ‘ How much you collected till today??!!’ then I decided to stop picking up the phone when they call, so it was the chance… They disappeared!!’ ,, few of those very rich relative sent to my mom 380 Rials !!! Collected from 4 persons!!! I returned them back after awhile!!!

 My wife noticed me angry and worried that I don’t have sufficient money to take my brother to do the very urgent operation .. She approached her friends and collected more than 3000 Rials , but still I need to top up the budget with additional 6 thousands in addition to my 3000 thousands ..!! I failed collecting the money from very very close rich relatives!!

Alhamdulillah Allah sent to me a doctor friend who arranged for him a great consultant Orthopaedic who did the operation successfully in Khoulah .. Then I returned all the money
collected which curved my face and my wife’s face too!!

 Thank you brother for keeping me up to date with your new wisdoms …Omani Engineer

 2      Salaams! Sorry for the loss of your cousin.

It is sad to hear that tragic story. This has happened to many people who were seriously ill and still have relatives who were financially sound but were reluctant to help

 But we sometimes are good in blaming relatives and branding them as heartless but we really don’t know anything about their financial conditions.

Many people here live beyond their means. They take loans to show off while in fact they are full of debts and problems. So we shouldn’t be negative all times.

What is written as you said, we have no control over it. Let it be as it is. God knows what is best for us all. Best Wishes – Omani Lady Fan.

 3      Salaams!- This is a good teaching Majid.

 If everyone reads and relates to their lives, the would be a better place to live.  It’s shame
to see many people are very greedy and think those who donate have money. They don’t know that giving is not that one  is wealthy but it has a heart of compassion.

Keep on spreading the message. It might touch someone’s heart and change  for the better. The credit will always be yours!

Keep It Up!  – Another Omani Lady Fan.

 4      Dear Majid, Good Morning and Wishing you a peaceful Friday.

 It was very sad to know about the demise of your cousin and his son.  Insha Allah they will rest in heaven.

 I have nothing to comment on people behaviors’ when it comes to financial assistance, I can only pray to Allah to ease the situation of those who are less fortunate than us – Omani GM (Lady)

 5      I fully agree with you – but it is very sad really.

 I was surprised to see the reactions from people like you said. It seems to be is a Common Big Problem now in Oman and from many peoples too. Omani HR Professional

 6      What can one say ALR….

Thank you – Love everything you said J — Omani Lady Engineer

 7      Thanks for the article

I know and feel what you say here. Frankly you worry too much about others – but no one worries about you! But I guess you will always remain as Majid. Allah Kareem. Sad though! – Omani Friend.

 8       I fully agree with you!

Family and close ones are the most stingy ones as if it cannot happen to them. Your
example is the best one.

 One very rich friend said he will help me in my case too. I went to his office expecting so much money he gave me 20 OMR! I was so much embarrassed. He put in an envelope otherwise I would have given him back as I had left his Office He has so much money – but heart is all dark and empty! Allah Kareem – Keep in touch! – A Relative.

9      Dear Majid – Please be happy as much as you can!

Here we are in the world in transit only – and being happy is a great cure! We human beings all make mistakes – there is no one who is perfect.

Let us pray for each other for blessings and good tidings only! Al Israj Greeting – Family Member (Lady)

 10      Some too Confidential to reproduce… END.

Learning To Let Go! Reply

July 1, 2011

Learning To Let Go!

Yesterday June 30th Wednesday on the Holiday of Ascension I received this sad news of the death of my cousin Saleh Masoud Nasser (Al Suleimany) in Tanzania. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace in this world and the next Amin – and open the highest of Heavens for him Amin.

Those who believe in such things may say he went on to meet his late father and mother – and the 14 year old son he missed so much after the boy was hospitalized for months and finally left for his heavenly abode a few months back Since the boy had died the father was not the same again. He blamed himself for the death of his son and not being in a good financial position to help his son.

Like the East Africans like to say ‘kuchonga uso’ – literally meaning carving up one’s face – he went around asking help from all friends, relatives and people he knew – to not much avail and comfort. The treatment of his son was eating his heart out – to see your son suffering in the hospital and in so much pain and hurt – and there was hardly anything he could do to help his son and to alleviate his situation and predicament.

There is this expression – only the wearer of the shoes knows where it pinches! I wrote about his case in my column – dated May 2nd 2011 – Remember The Poor(er) Relatives! – I said – Quote – Last two weeks back; I got a frantic and desperate call from my relative living in Tanzania asking from me financial help and assistance for medical bills (talk of the blind leading the blind!) – Because his 14 year old son was dying in hospital due to both failed kidneys.

Not lucky like us Omanis (Thank God!) for getting free medical services and treatment! In the Eastern African lingo there is an expression – with its literal translation in English – that goes on like this – ‘To carve up your face’ – that is meant to go out to ask for help (financially and materially!) from others – which I too was bound to do for the sake of the boy at least!

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Actually, the amount was almost negligible and just amounted to Omani Rials One Hundred – (US Dollars 300). I went around frantically looking to help him – but all I met from those I had approached were open stares and indifference – as if nobody was hearing me – as I knew I was talking rather emotionally and highly charged too!

By the time I was able to get some money to send to him – the news came next day that the poor boy had died in great pain. And the poor family’s great traumatic stress and desperation – because they could not afford the medicines – and to ‘let the child go away’ in peace and in comfort! – Unquote.

One of the Indian fans decided to insult me instead that – I a great writer did not have US Dollars 300 to send to my relative. My first impulse and gut feeling was to give him ‘a piece of my mind’ that he will never forget for the rest of his life – but I resisted the urge!

 Lately, I have learnt that there is no point in saying anything further – like in my last article – Learning to be Silent Now – and let things take their natural designated routes – and my head hurts a lot banging it against brick walls and people determined not to hear me – or give me the chances and opportunities I deserve.

I leave all these to Allah (God) SWT only now! Like the Titanic ship heading to icebergs – nothing you can do to stop its designated doom and fate! But the death of my cousin though is God’s Will has made me realise that people can never change – you cannot remove spots from a leopard – or stripes from a tiger either. Admittedly there are good fish (apples) in each basket – but so far I have been pulling out bad eggs (fish).

May Allah (God) be with you and your family – Amin.

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany