Free at last.

I have been so busy for the last several weeks. Felt like a chicken with the head cut off. I am so glad that the Fundraising dinner went off very smoothly on Saturday evening. There were a lot of people, the most we’ve had in a long time. Here are some pictures.

This is what happened last night. The Islamic Center of Quincy hosted a Fundraising Dinner at the First Christian Church. There were about 120 guests, and almost as many dishes ( with a little exaggeration of course) of various nationalities. The countries ranged from Bosnia to Tunisia. Every one enjoyed the food, the camaraderie and just loved being there. A great big thank you to
all the members who have supported me through out. Blessings to you all.

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Islamic Center Of Quincy annual fundraising dinner.
What a great evening!

Zakiah Sayeed Ali.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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25 Responses to Free at last.

  1. slmret says:

    I’ve been thinking about you, Zakiah! So glad your event was so successful — the food looks wonderful, and you got a nice crowd. Now it’s time for you to relax a bit! Love and hugs!

    • Zakiah says:

      I have slept for three hours this afternoon and two yesterday, besides the sleep at night. I was beyond exhausted Janet. I am so glad it is over.
      It was a grand affair, no doubt. Hope you are doing well.

      • slmret says:

        I’m glad you’re getting some rest — I find that there are times (even when I’m not that busy) when I just need to lie down and sleep for a little while! Those sound like good naps! Yes, I’m doing well!

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Glad to see a post from you. Hope all is well for you

  3. murisopsis says:

    The food looks delicious! I bought some Agar Agar and I’m going to attempt to make a jelly dessert but I doubt it will turn out as delicious as the one you make!!

    • Zakiah says:

      Val, the trick to this is that you soak the seaweed (the agar) in water over night. In the morning. chop it into small pieces with the kitchen shears. This will help in dissolving it completely when you are making it. I used to not do this initial step, and so would get skeins of the agar at the bottom after it is set!
      Cook the agar in full milk, (not low fat or skim milk) on a medium to low flame. Stir gently with a light hand. once the milk starts boiling, add the sugar, and a couple of TBSP of sweetened condensed milk. Turn the heat off and pour into pans. add a few drops of rose water if you have. Refrigerate and enjoy. This is the way I make it, and it turns out very good.
      ā¤ ā¤ ā¤

    • Zakiah says:

      IT WILL TURN OUT GREAT VAL! I would love to see the photos.

  4. Look at all those food! I’m glad you’re resting. I was wondering what had happened to you.

    • Zakiah says:

      Hi darling. I have thought of you and continue to pray for a good job for you. I am well and have missed being here. Hope you are doing well.

  5. whyzat says:

    I want to dive right in to some of those dishes! Yum! I’m glad you’re getting some down time.
    Our house here in Texas is going on the market tomorrow! Everyone says it will sell fast and I have my fingers crossed that they’re right!

    • Zakiah says:

      When you move to Iowa, you HAVE to come and visit me. I would love for you to eat some of the dishes I make. I hope your home sells very fast Dian. Please let us know when that happens.

  6. LOVE it. The food looks delish and you look lovely as ever. I hope you have time to rest some.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Elizabeth. Everyone enjoyed the food, except yours truly. I couldn’t even take one bite of it. I was that tired and I didn’t think the food tasted good….. until today when I had some left over stuff. No wonder everyone raved about it!

  7. What a beautiful, successful evening! I know you put a lot of heart and soul and body into it! šŸ™‚ I hope you can get some rest now.
    Wow! The food looks amazing! šŸ™‚ How wonderful to taste dishes from so many countries!
    HUGS!!! šŸ™‚

    • Zakiah says:

      It was a beautiful event. The best part was that the community embraced it with gusto. The church opened its doors to us, and the members were there to help us at every step! Such generosity of spirit! That in my opinion builds bridges between people, nations and religions.

  8. You can be proud of you, Zakiah . What a great fundraising diner.
    I am also admiring your style .
    Love ā¤

  9. Zakiah says:

    Thank you so much dear Michel. It was a great event, but I got excessively tired after that. I think I over did everything. I only hope that next year the younger people would take over the planning and the arrangements.
    You are so kind with your compliments.

  10. onedanyankee says:

    It sounds like a wonderful time and a wonderful idea, bringing people together in times where the rest of the world seems to be doing its best to tear us apart. I’m glad it was a success.

  11. Zakiah says:

    It was a wonderful event and shared by about a hundred people. The people of this church where we had the event have been very open to our beliefs and our faith and have opened their hearts and doors to help us. I thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  12. Wish I were there! Looks wonderful!!!!!!!!!

  13. r_hsw says:

    oh, would you look at the abundance of good food!

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