Varas Ismaili Gangji: The Turning Point by Alwaeza Maleksultan Merchant

Editor’s note: While I constantly think of my mum, Alwaeza Maleksultan J. Merchant, as she continues her recovery at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, near Vancouver, from an open heart surgery some 5 weeks ago, I felt I should re-post her excellent piece on Varas Ismail Gangji that she contributed as part of Simerg’s highly acclaimed “I Wish I’d Been There” series. Her photo, left at image below, was taken by my brother, Alnoor, when he visited her at the RCH a few days ago. To read her inspiring piece, please click on the photo or on Varas Ismail Gangji: The Turning Point

Alwaeza Maleksultan Merchant, 83, shown at left in image above seen recovering at the Royal Columbian Hospital following her triple bypass surgery. Please click on photo for her article on the great Ismaili hero Varas Ismail Gangji. Photo/image: Alnoor Merchant/Nurin Merchant.

Alwaeza Maleksultan Merchant, 83, shown at left in this image, is seen recovering at the Royal Columbian Hospital following her triple bypass surgery. Please click on image for her article on the great Ismaili hero Varas Ismail Gangji. Photo/image: Alnoor Merchant/Nurin Merchant.

7 thoughts on “Varas Ismaili Gangji: The Turning Point by Alwaeza Maleksultan Merchant

  1. Malik Saheb, you are one of the lucky ones to have a talented and scholarly mother who has served the community with extreme dedication and pride.

    We wish her nothing but the best and pray for her rapid recovery.

  2. Dear Malik, Your mother was the one who ignited interest in the Ginan in me. For that I will be eternally grateful to her. May she have a speedy recovery and enjoy the rest of her life in peace and service.

  3. Ya Ali Madad missionary saheba:
    This ginan was my dad’s favorite ginan. He often picked up any one ginan and explained the meaning and philosophy of it. This beautifully narrated article by you refreshed my childhood memory. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It is so inspiring. I wish there were regular sessions of such inspiring talks that we are missing – more so our youth.
    Malik, thank you for re-publishing this from the “I wish I’d Been There Series” – I got a chance to read it this time.
    Nessa

  4. Dear Malik, I am so touched by the photo of your mother whom I remember very clearly when she was a younger, energetic al-Waezeen of her time, perhaps very few of them were women and she was outstanding. Today while she continues to recover in the hospital her eyes are sparkling with Sewa she has done all her life. Please give her my warmest prayers for good health, happiness and for her family around her caring for her.

  5. Ya Ali Madad Malik Praying for your mom’s good health and speedy recovery – Mowla kul mushkilasan Kare, Tandurasti diye Sukh, shanti and abadi nasib Kare. Khanavadan

    Farida and Alnoor

    Sent from my iPhone

  6. Mr. Merchant, Ya Ali Madad. I remember reading your mother’s piece about Varas Gangji which was very impressive. I pray to Mowlana Hazar Imam for the quick recovery of your mother Alwaeza Maleksultan and also pray to Mowla to grace her with health and happiness. Ameen.

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