169th beneficiary of help – A tale of two mothers. Mom/Ammi & Mummy.


169th beneficiary of help (livelihood bicycle)


A tale of two mothers.


Beneficiary of bicycle – Baban Shaikh (40’s. From UP.); Profession – Bread seller.


This bicycle donation is from a daughter (Sabira) in fond memory of her Ammi, Mom, whose birthday is today, 10th August. So I decided this time we will not share information about the beneficiary. (That information has already been shared with the donor, Sabira.)


This time, I asked the donor, Sabira, to write a tribute for her Ammi, in whose memory she donated this new bicycle.


A daughter remembers her Mom, ‘Hasina Lakdawala’, whose life was about love, knowledge and obedience.


“Dear Mom.


So today is the 10th of August, 2016. If you were with us today, though you continue to reside in our hearts, we would be joyfully celebrating your 74th birthday.

Of course not with a cake, but with your favorite pistachio ice cream and falooda from Shalimar! And, with all your grandchildren wanting to take selfies with you interrupted by your usual refusal to pose, and the banter continual and vivacious… 🙂 “


‘Yes .. Presenting to you all, my Mother, Hasina Lakdawala.

She was just not my “Mom”.. She was a soul par excellence for many, a mentor, a guide, a teacher, a preacher. Her life proved that what she spoke from the pulpit was put into action. Her kind words soothed a heavy heart, and her charitable nature helped many a family survive stressful days!!.


After Mom’s passing away in the summer of 2013, widows and orphans would visit us and grieve over her pious soul, who helped them. At times with their grocery bills or their children’s school fees.


The month of Ramadan would be extra busy for her, when she enthusiastically made many food baskets and went on her distribution mission (Diabetes not withstanding) seeking the less fortunate … I wonder whose loss is greater.. 😦


It is said that Death is the ‘END”. Similarly .many philosophers have called it ‘Termination of man’s journey’ {Amre Adami}. Of course, I consider this is the physical end of the human being, but, the end is different for different people depending on their beliefs. The Holy Qura’an talks about a certain group of people when they are caused to die: Those whom the angels cause to die in a good state, say Peace be upon you, enter the garden (of Paradise) for what you did.’ Surah Nahl: Verse 32. Did You notice the words of the ayat here – ‘FOR WHAT YOU DID’. Deeds matter.


Zakira Hasina.. Mom to us kids.. Hasina Aunty to our entire community in Mumbai. She was a lady always ‘In Action!’ … whether it was the Theology class she attended, or the Friday Night prayer programs she conducted.. or the Majilises (Sermons) she recited over the tragedies of Prophet Muhammad’s Household (Peace be upon them) her commitment) to her Beliefs shone through.


The people at the Mehfil (Center) she served mourned at the ‘Emptiness of the pulpit’, and enough is it for a Teacher to say about her Student that she was Dedicated and Committed to her Master, The Imam of the Time 🙂


Smile Mom, the teacher you respected so much, honoured you thus.. “Her faith and belief in her Deen, her fear of the Just God, and in the Day of Accounting .. These were the parameters she raised. Not only with her children, but her three granddaughters too.


She was one of the finest teachers Allah (SWT) could have ever granted us.. As my Sister in law and I have embarked upon our missions of Majalises (Sermons) all over the world, she was the guardian to our children.. nourished and nurtured their bodies and their souls.. How many moments she stood over them as an “Askaari (meaning ‘Watchman’ in Kswahili language) as the three of them raced through their Namaz.. correcting them.. Patiently teaching them verses of the Qur’an and supplications …


To her family, her siblings, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.. Mom was a living example of the Ideal Siley Rahmi (Ties of Mercy), mentioned in the Qur’an. She wove our family into a beautiful string, tightly knit… strong.. with such a heart that her nephews and nieces mourned her passing as ‘losing” their own Mothe’!!! To mention just listing a few adjectives used by my cousins… her friends and acquaintances to describe her, Elegant.. Poised.. Graceful.. Legendary.. Compassionate.. Pious.. Jannati (Heavenly)…


Her life was all about Obedience to Allah (SWT). Not only in words, but in actions too.



When I bicycle early morning, sometimes I hear the ‘azaan’ being recited/sung from the loudspeakers of Bandra masjid as I ride by. I asked Sabira to send me an audio link to any recitation that must have been her mother’s favorite. She did: http://www.imamhusain.com/duas/mp3/SALAWAT.MP3


I would like to conclude by adding, tomorrow is the death anniversary of my own mother, my ‘mummy’, Kamla Mohan Bakshi. She was the guiding force behind my father who today some people consider a legend. Not just that, her sisters and her nieces and nephews miss her as much as I do.

Sabira’s gratitude and benevolence could not have arrived in our lives (two bros, two sisters, nephews, nieces…) at a better time than today; today being a day one good soul (Mom/Ammi) arrived, and tomorrow being one when a soul as loving (Mummy) travelled beyond our horizon. (And my mummy loved falooda ice cream too! 🙂 )


To conclude, Sabira had mentioned, “The death of a Mother is the first sorrow wept without her.”

I true that.


Thank you Sabira for purchasing this bicycle. Baban Shaikh contributed nearly half its cost.


And Thank you Kohinoor Cycles (http://kohinoorcyclestores.blogspot.com/) Siddharth Vora (https://www.facebook.com/siddharth.vora.58?fref=ts) for the good service.


#RakeshAnandBakshi https://twitter.com/RakBak16



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Beneficiaries of help: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.357090647765413&type=1





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