Whither Conversation?

By Husseinali Datoo (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) These days it is not difficult to catch attention to the fact that wherever you go..Airport terminal, Doctors Surgery, Community Meetings and Wedding you name it! Everyone,young to old generation are glued to either a smart phone,…

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Dastaan – Part 7

Rightly Warned Rightly warned by the Holy Prophet: “Human beings are asleep; When they die, they wake up” (to the truth), But then after death, the time is up for a fate which is irreversible – eternal, with no room for ‘bargaining or friendship’…

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Dastaan – Part 6

Dastaan So this is the “dastaan” (account) of the state of the poor who suffered and also the dastaan of the rich who were the cause of the suffering of the poor of the recent past in a small community in Zanzibar. In this…

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Dastaan – Part 5

Wooly Cap Traditionally the cap was as important for the boys as it was for the adults – even more than the footwear for the boys. Bare head, and not bear foot, was frowned upon by the elders. Normally the cap was the round…

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Dastaan – Part 4

Early Taste The Jamaat did run a primary school for boys in 1930s. It had one room and one teacher. The boys in Standard 1 to 8 could be identified from the desks they sat on. The number of students could be constant at…

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