Some of you know that I am involved with the Islamic Center of Quincy. Ever since its inception, which happened in November of 2001, I have also been in touch with the FBI agents in Springfield Illinois. Usually two agents come to the Center once a year or so during the services and very respectfully listen to the sermon and watch the prayers. They have been extremely courteous and pleasant to talk to. We exchange emails and they also attend our annual fund raising dinners. They are concerned that there should be no vandalism or any unhealthy activity, which by God’s grace we do not have a problem with that. Quincy is such a beautiful town and people are so supportive of me and my efforts in getting a place of worship. Many schools and colleges send their students to observe Islamic traditions and ways of prayer during the year.

E M an FBI agent had sent me an email mid January or third week in January asking if he could come on a Friday that month. I had informed him that I had got over my Covid problem and that M was still under the weather, and was quite weak and tired. So we decided on a Friday in February, which would be yesterday. E M had told me he was bringing another agent with him which he does often.

So yesterday he called me in the morning around 10 to say that they were in town. They always go and visit the Quincy Police Department when they come. Unfortunately they were told that a majority of the police force had taken their Covid vaccines and were not feeling very well. Therefore they were asked to return some other time. He wondered if I could get together with them before the 1 pm time that I had given him originally. So I asked them to come over to the house, which they graciously accepted.

There was so much snow on the ground. The drive way was ploughed by a neighbor, but the side walk and the front porch had a lot of snow, which I couldn’t clean and which M couldn’t clean because of our health problem. They came inside and said, they wanted to remove the snow from the side walk and the porch. My mouth fell open! I couldn’t ask these Federal agents to sweep my porch and shovel the side walk. Well, they insisted. Said they needed to get some exercise in, because they hadn’t done anything since they came to Quincy earlier that morning. We sat and talked about an hour or so, and then when they got ready to leave, they got the shovel from the garage and the broom that was already on the front porch. In minutes they had the side walk cleaned and the front porch free of snow.

Beside being grateful, I was flabbergasted . They are such wonderful gentlemen and I have so much respect for what they do. I felt very guilty for making them shovel but they were so generous with the offer and insisted so much. I am so indebted to them. See, M always would get the side walk and the front porch shoveled to allow the mail carriers ease in getting to the mail box. But he still gets very tired, and I had told him not to bother with it at this time. Felt bad that it was not shoveled when these two came along. Wish I had taken a picture when they were shoveling!

How cool is that??!!

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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13 Responses to FBI

  1. slmret says:

    Every once in a while we see stories like this of our police or fire-fighting personnel doing something nice for a family in need — toys for children, food for the family, etc. Our public servants are there to help us — that is their job, but it is also their passion. I’m glad that this extends to the FBI, who are perhaps in some ways even more important to our safety. It is also a tribute out of respect to you that the FBI would clear your porch of the snow and ice of winter.

  2. whyzat says:

    Thatโ€™s nice to hear. Too often all law enforcement officers are painted with the same brush. Like every group of people, some are good and some are bad. I wish that everyone could recognize that.

  3. whyzat says:

    Oh yes, I meant to respond to you the other day about the Bluetooth keyboard. It was easy to set up. I got an inexpensive one from Amazon, turned it on, turned on Bluetooth on my Kindle and they pretty much just found each other.
    Really convenient.

  4. Oh that’s a very nice gesture…. those guys must have been raised to be courteous.

  5. VERY cool! What wonderful men! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing this, SweetZ! It brings joy! ๐Ÿ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Rupali says:

    Once in a life time experience. It’s not just the act but the positivity and care they showed is also important. I wish there are many people like them in different work forces everywhere.

  7. mrswrangler says:

    Wonderful. Not all law enforcement are bad cops like we are told.

  8. murisopsis says:

    It is beyond cool! But then again they were probably so taken by your beauty, hospitality, and kindness that they felt compelled to show you how much they liked you!!

  9. cjjustice1 says:

    Wow, Zakiah, how wonderful! That was such a gift for them to do that for you & M. Thank you for sharing such a positive story. It just made me smile! God sends His angels in all forms to help care for us!
    Are you and M doing any better now? From what I’ve been told, it can take a long time to get back one’s energy once a person no longer is sick from the actual Covid virus.
    HUGS! Carolyn

  10. r_hsw says:

    very cool indeed.

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