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Region 4 - Narborough Sai Centre: A Birthday to Remember

As I entered the residential home on the Sunday afternoon I noticed 3 care workers consoling an elderly lady "We are your family!" "So what if your family haven’t come to see you".
I came to know that this was a 76 year old muslim lady and she was upset because it was her birthday and her family were not there.

The second Sunday of each month we go and sing bhajans and chat to the elderly residents of this Home in Leicester. Our bhajan singers vary from 5 to 10 or more depending on their own family commitments. But on this Sunday the 11th May there was a turnout of 17!!

We set up the PA system and the musical instruments and began our bhajans.The sun was shining and the residents began to clap and sing with us. The energy and vibrations in the lounge where we performed, took the residents and us to a wonderful place –where time stood still! But the best was yet to come. The muslim lady requested that the youth sing a Qawali.

The Qawali the youth sang was Allah Hoo by the famous Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Here is some of the translation of the words

King of kings
One without peer.
There is no God but He.

If thou desirest God,
then utter aloud

Allah Hoo, Allah Hoo, Allah Hoo
Allah Hoo, Allah Hoo, Allah Hoo

The Lord of all the universe.
All creation is your witness
In each melody and song
You are present
Everything begins and ends with you.
Where ever I look I see only you.

The chorus of Allah Hoo reverberated throughout the Home and the muslim lady had a big smile on her face!

She was happy to do the arti and after that we all sang Happy Birthday to her in hindi. She shared her delicious cake with us. Swami ensured that her birthday was celebrated in style and one not to be forgotten by any of us!

Narborough Sai Centre