Dinner, Dust and the Guy Who Wants 100 Children

We met for the first time tonight and there was instant bonding, like we’ve known each other for so many years.  The way we first smiled at each shawarmaother, asked about family, job, and the weather.  We exchanged stories over shawarma and kabab at a Lebanese restaurant.  We had a great time! He is Masood’s Pakistani cousin, who lives in Houston, so we didn’t get the chance to meet him in Karachi.  He, with his wife and four-year-old son, had a two-day stay in Dubai on their way back to Houston from their Umrah trip.  They’re a wonderful family, mashaAllah, and it amazes me on how easily we all got comfortable with each other in such a short time.    I ate a lot.  I’m like that when I’m super happy.

My precious D40 is still resting comfortably in its soft, velvet case.  Ever since we brought it home a few days ago, we have been having dust storms.  The UAE was covered in a blanket of very fine dust coming in from Iraq, experts claimed. I would never bring my D40 out at any cost;  I didn’t even dare take my point-and-shoot out.

There are different opinions on why we were having these dust storms, which started last Friday and has somewhat cleared out today.  One of the reasons is that the military operations in Iraq are changing the surface terrain there.  Six years of troop and vehicle movements had ground soil into fine grains, sending powder billowing skywards.  Another expert claims that Turkish dams have reduced the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to trickles and efforts to revive the Mesopotamian marshes appear to have been abandoned, causing vast swathes of land to dry up, reducing them to dustbowls.

Then there are these two Emirati men who love a household full of children:  Salem Juma’a, in his late 70s, father-of-52  (who also says he will probably stop there) and 60-year-old Daad Abdulrahman has 86 and says he is aiming for 100.  “It’s from God,” says Mr Juma’a. “God gave me this. Ihands can’t object to God’s gift. God gave me because I deserved it. If I did not deserve, God would not give.”

Mr Abdulrahman will marry again after Ramadan, to a woman from Sudan 40 years his junior, and hopes for a further four children a year until he reaches his goal of 100. His youngest child is just 10 months old and two babies are due next month.  The secret to virility is healthy food, says Mr Abdulrahman. “I have 40 sheep and goats. Every week I slaughter one. I always eat at home.”  But will he stop when he reaches 100? “If I have 100 rupees and I walk in the street and I find one rupee, I will take it in spite of being rich.”

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14 Responses to Dinner, Dust and the Guy Who Wants 100 Children

  1. Humaira says:

    They did a program here I think last year on big families, and I think that 100 babies guy featured.

    He was like a one legged man and had absolutely tons of kids!

    One legged man? And despite his failing health he still wishes to remarry and have more kids!

  2. Ubaid says:

    it 4.50 am and am so hungry!!

    Too bad I finished all the shawarma and kabab.

  3. Specs says:

    Its always great to meet up with some new family members and find out that you get along great 🙂

    The dust storms seem scary!(the reasons scarier)

    EW@ the man who has so many kids. I understand the need to have SOME children of your own but I’m of the strict conviction that if you have more than 3 or 4 and can yet afford the time and money to have MORE, give a less privileged child a place in your home. Spread the goodness. Allah won’t ask you how MANY kids you had; its all about the quality of what you left behind no matter if it was genetically yours or no. The sawab is still there. I was to throw something at that child machine fiend!

    The reasons behind the dust storms are indeed pretty scary!

    I don’t know what to think about the man-with-almost-hundred-children; I’m trying to envision a household full of women (he doesn’t remember when he married his first wife, by the way) and lots of children running around – with names he could hardly remember.

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  5. Umm Travis says:

    That’s incredibly selfish if u ask me! He acts like he is in a race and yet he will never be able to care for all those children and those children will suffer as a result of his goal – based on what? Greed?


    Greed, pride, fame – all yucky reasons

  6. Wakas Mir says:

    Too bad that ppl have such dreams don’t u think.. i mean why not be the first one to get 100 ppl to smile..

    Some dreamers are just way too selfish.

  7. Alisha says:

    I watched a documentary on CNN once about a Bedouin who has four wives and around 60 children [I think] and he couldn’t even remember the names of all the children. I wonder how his children feel about that…

    It’s impossible for parents to love and care for their children equally when there’s 60 of them.

  8. Serene says:

    I agree with Umm Travis. Is this a game or being a selfish. Life is not easy, what will happen to those children 😦

    I’m assuming the government is supporting the children, but still … that wouldn’t take care of a lot of issues.

  9. Nisa AK says:

    that sounds sad, if your own father doesnt remember your name!
    So this old man is just interested in gifts from God, is that greed or is he plain ignorant I wonder.

    Yikes, can’t imagine Abbu forgetting my name!

  10. Mezba says:

    Have no comment… just too gobsmacked for words that such orangutans exist in today’s world!

  11. Haris Gulzar says:

    Thats selfish I’d say. I mean if he doesnt even remember when did he marry his first wife, and the names of their children, how will he ever care for them. He’s just after a goal of making it to 100, without even caring about what will happen to those 100 souls… Just too selfish…

    I totally agree with Specs, if he has that much money and love for children, he can take a couple of less privileged kids, or however many he wants, under his own kafalat…

  12. masood says:

    The D40 soon will have it’s day out:)

  13. Haleem says:

    100 kids – someone should sterilize the man! If he could care for them it was something but he can’t even remember his wife’s name and what sort of family environment is this!!!

  14. Wow that’s a disturbing story :S
    Can’t wait till you try out your D-40 😀

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