Free serving Pak restaurant makes headlines in US

In the world’s most important capital, Mannan is silently improving image of the country of his origin. Running a small restaurant just within a kilometre from the White House, he is called a “Messiah”, an “angel” and a “hero” in Washington. Top media outlets like the Washington Post describe him as a model immigrant and a success story. Mannan’s heart beats with Pakistan.

“I want to change the image of my country and my religion and show the world that we are a caring and loving nation,” he says. There are hundreds of restaurants in Washington serving food from all continents of the world, but Mannan’s “Sakina Halal Grill” is loved by Americans like none. His chicken Karahi, Butter chicken and Biryani are popular but most famous is his generosity.

At Sakina, everyone can eat literally! Because the food is free for poor, hungry and homeless, and the waiters serve them in the dining room as if they’re full paying customers. While coming to the United States with just $3 in his pocket, 25-year-old Kazi Mannan never thought he will make headlines one day in US media and dine with senators, congressmen, celebrities judges and even former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

At Sakina, everyone can eat literally! Because the food is free for poor, hungry and homeless, and the waiters serve them in the dining room as if they’re full paying customers. While coming to the United States with just $3 in his pocket, 25-year-old Kazi Mannan never thought he will make headlines one day in US media and dine with senators, congressmen, celebrities judges and even former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“It’s a tribute to all the mothers around the world,” Mannan, who lost his mother Sakina, 26 years ago, says of the name of his business. “When I was young my mother told me no matter how poor you are just remember to share with others and God will make sure you are out of trouble,” Kazi said while describing his principle.

A normal buffet lunch cost $14 (about Rs1,500) at Sakina, but Mannan serves over 6,000 homeless on average annually since 2013. “There is no restriction on number of people who want to eat here. Anyone can just walk-in and eat any time as long as the restaurants is open”.

Mannan came to the United States in 1996 from a small village of Kari Shareef in Jhelum. He had to work day and night to feed his nine siblings and parents back home. “I worked at gas stations, car workshops, laboratories tirelessly,” he said.

Mannan had been working since the age of 12, selling vegetables in the streets of Pakistan. His mother raised cattle and sold milk. His father had gone to Libya in search of construction work.

His hard work was rewarded and soon he bought a limousine to offer luxury ride to customers. Today he owns a fleet of limousine and a restaurant in the heart of Washington. His two businesses, now employee over 30 people.
“I came from a village in Pakistan that didn’t have electricity or running water. Our school was completely outdoors. It was always my dream to overcome poverty and own a restaurant. And that’s what I did,” he says.
Mannan says he is a proud Muslim-American. “And I like to believe that when I’m giving to the poor and hungry, God sees that. Just the act of giving a smile to someone can be a blessing. Just think about what food has the power to do.”

On the very first day Mannan took over, no one knew this restaurant would offer free food, so he went outside in a park and gather all the homeless people that he could find and brought them to his restaurant.
“You eat for free,” he told them to their disbelief. “I still remember the pleasant surprise they felt at this and their grateful eyes give me immense satisfaction and pleasure,” he says.

“I told them this is your place to eat. As long as I own it, this is your place,” he said. Many of them kept coming for days and the offer spread through word of mouth.

“My offer is not for homeless people only. Anyone who is hungry and can’t pay can eat here. I had many such clients,” Mannan said. Today, I have so many homeless friends. I have phone numbers and get texts from them all of the time … That’s what I want. I want them to see me as their friend. And, I want others to see them as human beings.

He said he never felt someone is taking unfair advantage of his offer. “People here don’t abuse such things,” he said. Mannan said offering free food has never affected his profit. “I believe God takes cares of your finances once you start sharing.”

Mannan’s generosity soon spread across the country and even outside. He has been interviewed by top media outlets like CNN, VOA, ABC, the Washington Post and others. He said he was never interviewed by a Pakistani media outlet. “I don’t want publicity as I do all this for God and I know it improves image of Pakistan and Islam,” Mannan said.

My customers include top politicians, judges, teachers, movie stars and top government officials, and I always proudly introduce them to Pakistan and show them videos on Pakistan’s beautiful areas and people.

“It would be good if Pakistan embassy could use my services to promote soft image of the country but even without any official guidance I am still promoting my country as it is my duty as I was born and raised there.”

My mother taught me to be generous and give with my time. “I’m trying to teach that to my family too. My son is in his first year of college here but when he’s not at school, he’s here with me working at the restaurant. And, my brother, he’s my head chef. I love having them here. But, my wife and two sons are in Pakistan,” He said his success has enabled him to start a school for 200 orphans in Pakistan. “As my business grows, I will expand my humanitarian work in Pakistan,” he said.

Pakistan Day Felicitations

Felicitations to all people of Pakistan on 14th August, 2017,Flag-1the 65th anniversary of creation of Pakistan
Pakistan has completed 70 years of her life.
LONG LIVE PAKISTAN
Speech of Founder of Pakistan, Mr Muhammad Ali Jinnah on August 15, 1947, the first day of independence / foundation of Pakistan

It is with feelings of greatest happiness and emotion that I send you my greetings. August 15 is the birthday of the independent and sovereign State of Pakistan. It marks the fulfillment of the destiny of the Muslim nation which made great sacrifices in the past few years to have its homeland.

At this supreme moment my thoughts are with those valiant fighters in our cause. Pakistan will remain grateful to them and cherish the memory of those who are no more.

The creation of the new State has placed a tremendous responsibility on the citizens of Pakistan. It gives them an opportunity to demonstrate to the world how can a nation, containing many elements, live in peace and amity and work for the betterment of all its citizens, irrespective of caste or creed.

Our object should be peace within and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial and friendly relations with our immediate neighbors and with the world at large. We have no aggressive designs against any one. We stand by the United Nations Charter and will gladly make our full contribution to the peace and prosperity of the world.

Muslims of India have shown to the world that they are a united nation, their cause is just and righteous which cannot be denied. Let us, on this day, humbly thank God for His bounty and pray that we might be able to prove that we are worthy of it.

This day marks the end of a poignant phase in our national history and it should also be the beginning of a new and a noble era. Let us impress the minorities by word, deed and thought that as long as they fulfill their duties and obligations as loyal citizens of Pakistan, they have nothing to fear.

To the freedom loving tribes on our borders and the States beyond our borders, we send our greetings and assure that Pakistan will respect their status and will extend to them its most friendly co-operation in preserving peace. We have no ambition beyond the desire to live honorably and let others live honorably.

Today is Jummat-ul-Wida, last Friday of the holy month of Ramazan, a day of rejoicing for all of us wherever we may be in this vast sub-continent and for the matter of that throughout the world. Let the Muslim congregations in their thousands, in all the mosques, bow in all humility before the Almighty and thank Him for His eternal kindness and generosity, seeking His guidance and assistance in the task of making Pakistan into a great State and themselves into its worthy citizens.

Finally, let me tell you, fellow citizens, Pakistan is a land of great potential resources. But to build it up into a country worthy of the Muslim nation, we shall require every ounce of energy that we possess and I am confident that it will come from all whole-heartedly.”
Pakistan Zindabad!
Happy Independence Day

Conference

Conference is the confusion of one person multiplied by the number persons present.
Conference Room is a room where executives get together to talk for hours, take a cup of tea and disperse without a decision.

I was in Dusseldorf (Germany) during 1966-1967 working with a large size Industrial Organization.
There, on the outside of door of Conference Hall, I saw pasted a paper on which was written “This is the place where big people get together, gossip, take a cup of tea and disperse without a decision.