I have traveled to various parts of the world during my business travels that span 30+ years, and during those times I met such wonderful people and most interestingly was the various cultures that were not better, but different than our own society, and I really loved it. I have fond memories of travels and I am looking forward to traveling much again, except on behalf of my Foundation that I established to help children with their education.
This is what little I have to say about myself and it is somewhat difficult to explain one’s-self to anyone, especially when you do not really know that person. However, I "know" that there is a God and He watches over me and He is my "protector," in the same manner that He does for you and every one else.
I went to America shortly after my 18th birthday to assist my elder brother who was 26 and very ill at the time. This was 1970. He was married and had two children, a boy 10 months old and a girl going on 3 years. Well, he only lived for 9 months after I got there because his illness was incurable. During those 9 months he had always said to me that when he died he wanted me to take care of his family. I was only 18 and knew nothing about life, had no money, no education and in my innocence I told him that I would. So, five years after he died, in keeping my promise to my deceased brother, the interest of his children, his wife, my parents, I married my deceased brother’s wife in 1975. So I started with two children my brother's children who became my children and I had two more children with my wife. Along the way two other brothers died and they left 9 children. By God's mercies he saw to it that I got an education and after 10 years of real hardship, I was blessed in such a manner that I was able to take care of all of them, including my parents. I separated from my wife some years back and was legally divorced in 2005. All four of my children are adults now, three of them are married. My two children from my brother who died, the girl has two children and the boy has one. My youngest daughter got married a little over two years ago and she hasn't as yet decided whether or not she wants kids. My youngest son, he has a really wonderful girl-friend and I am not sure, but I believe he will get married soon.
I have had many difficulties in my life, but I have had many blessings in my life. Through every valley of every shadow of death, My Lord guided me, and in the midst of my enemies he prepared tables for me. I think what I am trying to say to you is that "without God, I would not be typing this message.
In my life’s summary (above) you saw that I have two biological children. From the time they were born to this very day, after God, they are more precious to me than anything this world can offer me. However, they are adults now and have their own lives. They are happy and I am happy for them. I got married under strange circumstances as you would have read in my life’s summary, but I have always been a true “romantic at heart!” I believe that two people who are truly in-love, together, with God on their side, life can be so much more gratifying!
I have tried my level best to do all that I can that is good in this life and to do unto others as I would have them do unto me. I will not now or ever tell anyone that “I am good, or bad, honest or dishonest, loyal or disloyal and the likes.” Those things can only be judged by others and most of all by our Creator Almighty God. But I have a burning desire within me that “what ever good I am going to do, I must do it now, for I shall never pass this way again. Thus in always trying to do my level best to be selfless and not selfish, I have had to endure much, but in the service of my Lord, it is a small price!”
By birth I am British, born in a British Colony at the time. My heritage by my father is Middle-Eastern decent (Arab) and from my mother’s side I am of East Indian decent! I went to the United States when I was 18. I separated from my wife in 1999 and was divorced in 2005. I have no regrets about anything. If I had the chance to do it all over again, would the choices be the same? Perhaps the answer may be yes, but that is in the past and I cannot change that. Thus I must press forward holding on to good memories but never losing sight of all of the possibilities that lie ahead.
May the Lord guide you in the decisions you make about your own life and in selfless service to others.
With a heart full of love,
Sheriff G. Ali
My Moment in Time
For many years, perhaps decades, I have heard on numerous occasions two songs – “Yesterday, when I was young” and “To dream the impossible dream.” [lyrics] It was only recently the words of the first song penetrated and I knew instantly, that is where my life is at this pivotal moment in time.
To My Friends, You Know Who You Are
Irrespective of all that I have been through I want to sincerely acknowledge a few people that I can sincerely say with all my heart, thank you for being there for me. Your friendship, your love, your prayers, I appreciate more than anyone would ever know.
YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS YOUNG
Yesterday when I was young
The Impossible Dream
To dream the impossible dream