Goodbye; My Very Good Friend and Brother! Sheikh Seif Al Harrasi!

Goodbye My Very Good Friend; Sheikh Seif!

Sheikh Seif Salim Issa Al Harrasi!

Friday March 22, 2019

 

Normally at around 10 pm each night, I simply switch off my phone from Sound to Just Silence as I usually get disturbed a lot by phone calls from my Books Publishers in USA and Amazon – as for them it is still working hours! Sometimes the calls come from Singapore and UK also more!

It is very disturbing when the phone rings and you have an Oxygen Mask on to get your sleep! I was about to do that again for this night when several WhatsApp messages started to come in my mobile phone saying that my very good friend and brother Sheikh Seif Salim Issa Al Harrasi had passed away whilst undergoing Medical Treatment in UK.

It was last September 2018 when I had met Marehem Sheikh Seif Al Harrasi at Muscat International Airport as we were in the same flight to go to Zanzibar! He was very much perturbed, concerned and disturbed to see me in a wheel chair – as being handled for my flight trip – as I could not climb the steps of the plane in boarding! What happened to you Dear Sheikh Majid – he lamented!

So we got talking about the good days in PDO and as I was explaining to him about my holidays trip to Zanzibar with Madam Wife! He asked me which hotel I had booked into because as usual hospitable kind person that he always was – he wanted to invite me for a few days stay in his villa in Bweni I think!

I remarked to him that he looked sort of worried and sickly – and he calmly told me we shall talk afterwards my good friend! It was only later in the plane we were in Business Class and he was in Economy that I dared to joke with him ‘to spend some more money to enjoy’ joke! He handled the slur very well with his great sense of mirth fun and joke saying why should he and ‘you do need the bigger seat’ in Business Class – whilst I do not!

Another person who does not have his traits and senses of humour could have put me in my place – but he was an exceptional human being first class high profile person the world is proud to have in a human being! One time he called me and I was not sure who he was and he was suggesting to me a business contact when my Management Consultancy MMDC was operating! Yes that is another trait of his to assist and help other unasked unassisted! So he repeated a nickname that would have identified him – joking – Guess that will make you happier – and remember who I was!

I asked for his apology but he just pushed the subject away – what is a joke and tease amongst brothers and friends! I noticed him only once when I was in HR when an Expatriate was misbehaving in his Department – and even here he was more remedial corrective rather than accusing and abusing!

A few days in Zanzibar, he had sent me a WhatsApp message saying he was returning to Oman because he was very sick! He wished me well and to enjoy my holidays and try to be careful on certain issues and things that many visiting the islands are not aware of – and we become naïve and trusting and we think we know everything and do not need to be told or to be reminded of!

In Zanzibar he had built a nice beautiful villa at the coastline – and he had appeared in The Oman Ramadhan Television Programmes a few years ago – where he featured centrally and immensely – explaining the beautiful historical relationships between Oman and Zanzibar!

I am sure that there are many also in Zanzibar who will be crying a lot today on hearing his death – his deep ties and commitment to help and assist those lesser advantaged – especially by his kindness and generosity to the local populace! Especially in Religious Affairs and in The Holy Month of Fasting of Ramadhan! Pray that his kin will continue with his good works In Shaa Allah Yaa Rabbi!

A Great Man Has Come – And Now He Is Gone! But we will always remember and pray for you – Our Very Good Friend and Brother!

May Allah SWT Remove The Punishment of The Grave for you – May Allah SWT Open The Highest Heavens of Firdaus For You – May you rest in eternal peace in this world and the next Ameen! May Allah Give Sabrah Patience and Imaan to your Family Ameen!

Till we meet again In Shaa Allah – Goodbye My Brother and Best Friend!

Majid Said Nasser Zahor Al Suleimany

Muscat 23rd March 2019

Why do they call you ‘Magic’?

Why do they call you Magic?

January 18th 2019

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When I was studying in UK in the 1970s, there were some British girls in my class! They found it strange that I was not following them like the other foreign students in my class! It had nothing to do with British girls or not, but I was always a Loner and keeping to myself alone!

You can feel hungry always, and look at the Menu! But ordering the food can be something quite different! You can also see smell the food – but partaking it can be quite something different! Excuse the pun – and the rhetoric here!

Anyway, the braver of the girls (and the more forward! Sic!) asked me lots of curious strange questions – like how many oil wells your family owned? Or how many wives your father had? And even the brazen one – how many wives you had? As if I was already married for that matter! But the more smarter ones for sure were those who noticed I did not wear any rings – and probably, therefore, a good catch!

There were some for sure who thought I was weird – and something fishy and weird for that matter! Thank God that some dared not ask me what was in their minds – because I would not have known what answer to give – or how I would have reacted to such probing intrusive personal questions!

So the conversation and questioning went on something like this!

Let us call her Amanda – actually there was a girl by that name – and she was really pretty tall and all the ‘catching stuff’ per se!

Amanda – Hi! What is your name?
Me (sigh) – Majid!
Amanda – What???
Me – Majid – Spell – M A J I D!
Amanda – What??? Oh! What does the name mean?
Me – It means Glory in English!
Amanda – Oh! So you are Glory? You do not look like one! Sorry!
Me – (Quiet) – I was about to give a crude reply like – call me whatever name you like stuff! Sort of think! Sic!
Amanda – You know what? Cannot comprehend that name! Difficult! What else can we call you?
Me – (Quiet!)
Amanda – now joined with the other girls! You know what? We shall just call you Magic!

Magic it had always remained – till the last day of the College!

End.

Now you know why I ended as Magic! Magic it has always been – at lease nearer to Majid than any other English word to my name!

(* Apologies to those who had thought perhaps deeper more sinister meaning of Magic than the crystal clearer one above!)

* Magic Man was also used!

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B           My paternal grandmother – Seyyida Saluma bin Ahmed Al Wadhahiya!

I always used to ask my late Father Sheikh Said – PBUH Allah Rahmah – how he felt when his Mother – my paternal grandmother – was married to someone else after asking for her divorce – when my Grandfather Sheikh Nasser Zahor Al Suleimany – Manah – Nizwa – PNUH Allah Rahmah – went to Africa from Oman – staying there for too long whilst he married other women – leaving grandmother alone for a long time!

The great lady got only one other son – my Ami Uncle Sheikh Ahmed Salim Al Wadhahy (still living!)
So I used to ask my Later Father Allah Rahmah – when he was alive – how do you feel about your only brother – Mother side?

He looks at me weirdly – but avoids telling me what is really in his mind – till one day in his better moods tells me – I do not blame my Mother – but more my Mother!

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C          ** My Maternal Grandfather – Sheikh Hamed Zahor Al Suleimany!

Full story in my Book Psychology of Arab Management Thinking!
But briefly – my Mother had also only one brother from her Father side this time!
Poor man – ** he never married again after my mother – but my grandmother surely did!

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Frankly, I like both – but B more compared to C!

So in short we are such a unique family – at least you can call us as that!

More of such stories in my Between Us Only! books series!

My books at – http://www.myownmajid.comhttp://www.majidallbooks.com – and at http://www.majidalsuleimani.com 

 

  

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My Late Parents – Allah Rahimuun – Peace Be Upon Them!

 

Why A Cry For Help! Book Was Written?

A Cry For Help! Book!

Why was the book written?

I wrote on these issues from even March 2003 in my columns Between Us Only! in The Oman Daily Observer!

My Second Arab Management Book published in August 2009 was even titled A Cry For Help!

See Books Link – 

A Cry For Help! Book Review – The Oman Daily Observer!

More at http://www.myownmajid.com

A few days back, I was at this social gathering party and next to me was seated this Omani Elderly Man. He was eating by his hands .. whilst I was using a fork and knife.!

As normal, the fork being on my left hand he raised a strong comment to me for using the fork and knife – specifically telling me that the food you are putting in your mouth is – HARAAM FOOD!

That is not Halal Food Kosher .. Illegal Forbidden!

I do not even know the person – but his outlooks and focus was it was okay to invade my space and privacy as he felt it right in doing so! Being so forward and confronting! So patronising!

Even if in a way he could be right but there are better ways and styles to communicate your ideas .. to a person that you hardly know!

My upbringing culture and heritage of respecting people older to me kicked in .. and to ‘make peace’ – I decided to use only the fork with my Right Hand!

That was still not enough to him by his continued stare – which was very embarrassing to me!
Because I was now using a sharp pointed tool to put food in my mouth.

My host who was seated next to me tried to intervene and calm things .. but the person was not to be calmed down!

I was tempted to put him in his place but resisted the temptation. He wanted me to be like him – to use my hands to eat the food!

There were many Omanis there too who were using their hands to eat the food like him – with exception of a few like me using fork and knife to eat the food!

I have no issues to use my hands – but usually in Social places I tend to use fork and knife!

He still made some illogical unkempt untoward words – which I had just ignored him – turning to my host in talking!

There are so many elements now especially the so-called New Born Muslims who are increasingly intolerant critical and extreme in outlooks and focuses – which are not wanted or good things in the Society now!

I believe always in being tolerant and live and let live!

We see now increasing criticisms of Christmas and the related functions – things that were not there before!

Book Writing? QED!

Allah Protect and Preserve us all Ameen! Amen!

  

 

 

Badilisha Maisha – Jifikiriye Binafsi!

Badilisha Maisha – Jifikiriye na Kuwa Binafsi Badala Yake!

Translated from English – Be Selfish For A Change! Swahili!

December 15, 2018!

Kama miaka mingi iliopita nilipofanyiwa Operation Royal Hospital hapa Muscat Oman – sijuwi kwa ajili ya Operation au kwa ajili ya huzuni na matokeo baada ya operation – nilikuwa juu ya kitanda nalia sana kwa kikukuwi!

Huyu Daktari N wa KiOmani wa Kikee akaniuuliza – Baba unaliya kwa ajili ya nini? Wewe ni mtu mzima na haifai kulia hivi – unafanya uchura haifai! Nini kimetokeya? Na khasa jana tu umefanyiwa operation kubwa nah ii kulia itakuleteya aathiir na matokezi sio mazuri badala yake!

Nikamwambiya sasa ni saa 11.30 jioni (5,30 pm) na imebaki nusu saa tu watu kuruhusiwa kuingiya kutembeleya Wagonjwa – na mpaka sasa hajaja mtu kuja kunitizama!

Akanihujumu na kunishauri kwa sauti kali – Ni hilo tu? Na unaliya kwa ajili ya hayo? Kumbuka katika Maisha siku zote uwe na ufanye hivi – ikiwa watu watakuja au hata hawata kuja!

Wa Kwanza ni Majid – Wewe!
Wa Pili ni Majid – Wewe!
Wa Tatu ni Majid – Wewe!
Wa Nne ni Majid – Wewe!
Wa Tano Watoto wako Family yako Mke (na Wajukuu!)

Waliobaki katika Maisha yako waache wajipange mstari queue wenyewe – usiwapuuze lakini pia usiwa unawajaali sana kufikiya lengo la kujiuumiza nafsi yako!

Kumbuka haya siku zote!

Kuwa Binafsi badala yake! (Yaani piga moyo konde!)

Unaonesha kuwa ni mtu anayejaali watu wengi sana – na hata kujiuumiza na kujidhuru nafsi yako!
Hawa watu hawastaahili kufikiriwa hivi na wewe kuanzia sasa!

Samahani lakini pia! Mimi nimesha kuona kuwa ni mtu mzuri mkarimu na daima una wafikiriya watu – lakini Duniya sasa imebadilika sana – hamna Imaani Taqwa Ihsaani na Wema!

Samahani kwa Kiswahili – miaka mingi tangu kuandika kwa Kiswahili!

AL HAMDU LILLAH!!

From The Book – That Is The Way It Is! Between Us Only!
By Majid Al Suleimany – http://www.myownmajid.com

 

 

Be Selfish For A Change!

Be Selfish For A Change!

December 15, 2018

A long time ago when I had an operation in Royal Hospital – and maybe post operations depression and trauma – I was crying profusely !

This nice Omani Lady Doctor asked me what is your problem .. why are you a Senior Person by age crying? You just had come out from a major operation .. it is harmful and not good for you!

So I told her .. it is now 5.30 pm and only half an hour left for Visiting time .. and no one had yet come to visit me for this day .. despite my operation was only yesterday!

She cautioned me and told me – Be like this!
Now in your life –

First is – Majid
Second is – Majid
Third is – Majid
Fourth is – Majid

Fifth – Is your Direct Family .. Wife and Children of your own!

The rest in your life can make their own fore line queue .. Be less bothered about them .. they came or did not come!

Be Selfish for a Change – Just Care Only For Yourself!

You seem to care for a lot of people – who do not deserve your care and attention!

Al Hamdu Lillah

http://www.mymajid.blog 

From The Book – New Updated – That Is The Way It Is!

 

    

Pangaas – The Pufferfish Man!

Pangaas – The Pufferfish!

Bunju – In Swahili!

November 18th 2018.

Most of us have do nicknames – some of us know what others call us straight into our faces – or in some cases – behind our backs!

I have been nicknamed as Magic or Magic Man – but that is a different story for now – with the exception that it was first the English girls whilst studying in UK in the 1970s could not pronounce my first name as Majid! They resorted to the easier name to remember as Magic – and eventually developed into Magic Man etc.

It took a twisted turn later why I was so called – but that too is a different story for now!

It is also a pseudonym and pen name that I had used when in The Old Frustration Days I used it in The Public Forums! But with what I wrote – soon people recognised who I was really!
Few people also know that I was called Pangaas by my Baluchi Speaking Compatriots and Peers! The word should not be confused with the Swahili version – which means Big Knife! It is the Baluchis peers who called me this – not The Swahili Speaking ones!

Anyway, as far as I understand it still – Pangaas was a reference to The Pufferfish! See about the fish below!
Why did they call me this? Simple – as they said! Apart from the fish can turn cyanide and venomous when being attacked by predators – including men – but the real reason was the fish would blow up into a balloon shaped fish at the slightest touch provocation!

They told me – That is you Majid! I do not know if they are right or not – but the name stuck to this very day!

I know many people think I am very sensitive – and that even includes my family too! My British Boss used to tell me – you need thick skin (ears) to work in this place – but you Majid are very Soft Centred – and it is easy for people to annoy and upset you – for what many people would consider minor trifles – best to ignore! It also comes from your desire for always a win-win situation!

Anyway, thought I shall just pass this across – for now!

Pangaas – Majid Al Suleimany!

November 18th 2018.

Happy National Day 48th Anniversary!

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PUFFER FISH (PANGAAS)!

COMMON NAME: Pufferfish
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tetraodontidae
TYPE: Fish
DIET: Carnivores
GROUP NAME: School
SIZE: Up to 3 ft
SIZE RELATIVE TO A TEACUP:

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ABOUT PUFFERFISH

Biologists think pufferfish, also known as blowfish, developed their famous “inflatability” because their slow, somewhat clumsy swimming style makes them vulnerable to predators. In lieu of escape, pufferfish use their highly elastic stomachs and the ability to quickly ingest huge amounts of water (and even air when necessary) to turn themselves into a virtually inedible ball several times their normal size. Some species also have spines on their skin to make them even less palatable.
Toxicity

A predator that manages to snag a puffer before it inflates won’t feel lucky for long. Almost all pufferfish contain tetrodotoxin, a substance that makes them foul tasting and often lethal to fish. To humans, tetrodotoxin is deadly, up to 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide. There is enough toxin in one pufferfish to kill 30 adult humans, and there is no known antidote.

As Food

Amazingly, the meat of some pufferfish is considered a delicacy. Called fugu in Japan, it is extremely expensive and only prepared by trained, licensed chefs who know that one bad cut means almost certain death for a customer. In fact, many such deaths occur annually.

Population

There are more than 120 species of pufferfish worldwide. Most are found in tropical and subtropical ocean waters, but some species live in brackish and even fresh water. They have long, tapered bodies with bulbous heads. Some wear wild markings and colors to advertise their toxicity, while others have more muted or cryptic coloring to blend in with their environment.

They range in size from the 1-inch-long dwarf or pygmy puffer to the freshwater giant puffer, which can grow to more than 2 feet in length. They are scaleless fish and usually have rough to spiky skin. All have four teeth that are fused together into a beak-like form.

Diet

The diet of the pufferfish includes mostly invertebrates and algae. Large specimens will even crack open and eat clams, mussels, and shellfish with their hard beaks. Poisonous puffers are believed to synthesize their deadly toxin from the bacteria in the animals they eat.

Threats to Survival

Some species of pufferfish are considered vulnerable due to pollution, habitat loss, and overfishing, but most populations are considered stable.

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Omani Youngsters Educated In Right Disciplines But No Jobs Yet!

Omani Youngsters Educated In Right Disciplines But No Jobs Yet!

Looking For A Job? No Jobs For Qualified Omani Youth even in Jobs dominated by Expatriates like Accountancy and even imagine IT!

Looking For A Job? But No Jobs!

Omani Youngsters Qualified but still with No Jobs! Some over 2 years now!

Forgive me but I need someone to explain this to me! I know of a Relative (nephew!) who has BSc in IT he was educated in Malaysia and Degree is British! I know of two girls (my daughters!) who tried to go into business to be Self Employed – only to end in Failure and Bankruptcy!

One was an Accountant in a National Bank here in Oman – Dealing with Credit Cards – The Other also as an Accountant worked for years in a National Telecoms Company in Oman! Both have Degrees in Business Studies (Accountancy)!

I left as a Management Consultant since 2011 – 7 years ago! Maybe I am out of circulation and knowledge of recent events – but I never thought I was going to say this – but both these two sectors of IT and Accounts are dominated by Expatriates – sadly to say Our Own Indian Brothers and Sisters here in Oman!

Are we Really Serious or Teasing & Joking! Yet you find BIG Companies sponsoring Omanis for Welding Crafts jobs – but nothing in the Middle or Higher Up – I mean Not Only Education but Job-Wise too! They are always here in LinkedIn!

What is really going on?? Can anyone explain this to me! We are tired here of always people boasting on their achievements making the rest of us feel insignificant – and too much Rhetoric Media Coverage – when The Reality and Truth Is Completely Different!

There is a cinder fire burning intensely underneath before – God Forbid – it Explodes!

My sincere genuine apologies! http://www.mymajid.blog

Majid Al Suleimany

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Masjid JoJo Project Delayed Once Again!

I had planned my holidays to coincide with The Official Opening of The Masjid JoJo Project in Mafia Island Tanzania! Unfortunately I am getting more and more requirements for replenishment of funds for completion of The Masjid. I do not have these extra funds now with My PDO Pension Salary! Al Hamdu Lillah!

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Please Help Me Your Majesty! From an Omani Retiree Pensioner!

Please Help Me Your Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said from your Loyal Dedicated Omani Pensioner Retiree Pensioner Majid bin Said bin Nasser Al Sulaimani

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If anybody can help my situation by letting His Majesty know on the situation of a dedicated loyal Omani Retiree Pensioner asked by The Primary Court & HSBC (ex OIB) Bank to pay what he cannot afford to do even if he wanted to.

I am also a sick Diabetic Person with Eyes Problems and was even in Coma State ICU Royal Hospital. Also suffering from Acute Severe Depression bouts – and being also treated by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Naamani of SQU!

I have only my Pension Retiree Salary and staying in a very old house now only me and my wife left in the house.

There is simply No Money in books as I have been saying all these years!

I tried to send you my first 5 books but I do not know where they had ended?  So were my two letters – one when my Consultancy had gone Bankrupted in 2001!

I feel my Citizen Basic Rights have been infringed as my vehicle they have refused to renew The Mulkiya and it is just parked outside the house.

My Consultancy MMDC collapsed 2001 and only in 2016 they HSBC Oman raised a case against me and truth be said no one had contacted me before.

I tried PDO to help me but they could not! I tried for more than 3 months – only a few days back they said they could not help me!

His Majesty is a Just Ruler with his path to Heavens assured In Shaa Allah by a Special Gate reserved for him.

May Allah Give him long life and health Amin.

Our Religion has so many Chapters on People being in Debt and the mercy and compassion required to be given to them. Even The Hadith.

I feel we should solve our own problems in house rather than go abroad or International Organisations.

I cannot afford to pay this amount unless I become homeless at this old sick age.

Loyal Citizen

Majid bin Said bin Nasser Al Sulaimani

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Please read this with these articles!

We Are Lucky In Oman!

https://majidall.com/2016/11/22/we-are-very-lucky-in-oman/

My Contributions To The Society!

https://majidall.com/2016/11/20/my-contributions-to-the-nation-46th-national-day/

Justice in Islam!

 https://majidall.com/2017/01/20/finding-justice-in-islam/

That Is The Way It Is!

 https://majidall.com/2017/01/17/that-is-the-way-it-still-is/

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Justice in Islam!

“O My slaves, I have forbidden injustice for Myself and forbade it also for you.  So avoid being unjust to one another.” (Saheeh Muslim)

Thus, justice represents moral rectitude and fairness, since it means things should be where they belong.

 The Importance of Justice!

The Quran, the sacred scripture of Islam, considers justice to be a supreme virtue.

It is a basic objective of Islam to the degree that it stands next in order of priority to belief in God’s exclusive right to worship (Tawheed) and the truth of Muhammad’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) prophethood.  God declares in the Quran:

“God commands justice and fair dealing…” (Quran 16:90)

Prophet Muhammad underscored the importance of rulers being just in one of his famous sayings.

 “There are seven categories of people whom Allah will shelter under His shade on the day when there will be no shade except His. (One will be) a just leader.” (Saheeh Muslim)

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Be Merciful for Allah SWT to be Merciful to You!

“He who does not show mercy shall see no mercy (from his Lord).”
“Allah is not merciful to him who is not merciful to men.”

Another one of my favourite hadiths because it teaches us to get up and do something:

On the authority of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree (May Allah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say,

“Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” [Muslim]

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“He who does not show mercy shall see no mercy (from his Lord).”
“Allah is not merciful to him who is not merciful to men.” Quran 2.278

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O you who have believed, fear Allah and give up what remains [due to you] of interest, if you should be believers. 2.279 

And if you do not, then be informed of a war [against you] from Allah and His Messenger. But if you repent, you may have your principal – [thus] you do no wrong, nor are you wronged. Quran 2.280

And if someone is in hardship, then [let there be] postponement until [a time of] ease. But if you give [from your right as] charity, then it is better for you, if you only knew.

And fear a Day when you will be returned to Allah. Then every soul will be compensated for what it earned, and they will not be treated unjustly.

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