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charitable Qataris

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on April 21, 2009

Good morning to you from a slightly soggy big apple. I have another new friend whom I would like to share: the cheery, charitable Mammud Ali Hassan. His email follows below, with running commentary.

Asalaam Alekum!

[Now: you and I both know that this email is about to introduce a dying man with a will toward charity and unhelpful relatives. Why use an exclamation point, which looks so perky?]

Dear Friend,

As you read this, I don’t want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday. My name is mammud ali hassan a qatari and a merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E.I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer…..

[I struggled for a long time to pronounced Arabic’s aspirated “Haa”. I see that Mr. Hassan has instead switched it out for a second “meem”. Sure seems a bit of a casual approach to a resonantly religious first name.]

It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone(not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when Allah gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it.

[Two comments here: First, I believe you mean “defied”, although perhaps doctors do feel that their treatments are defiled when unsuccessful. Second, you believe in reincarnation? Are you Druze?]

Now that Allah has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends. I want Allah to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give also to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, Algeria and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore.

[Good for you – money spent on others is always well spent. Fairly random selection of countries, though.]

I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.

[Bulgaria and Pakistan? Great, although again: how on earth did you choose these countries over others?]

The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of $35M million dollars $35M that I have with a finance/Security Company abroad. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations.

[I’m hoping here that you mean “securities” and not “Blackwater”.]

Please endeavour to reply me via my private email address of   for confidentiality. I have set aside 10% for you and for your time.

[I didn’t delete his “private email address” – he didn’t provide one.]

God be with you,

MAMMUD ALI HASSAN.

[Love the final period.]

One Response to “charitable Qataris”

  1. Kheireddine said

    Since when Mahmoud or Mahmud is written Mammud? He mispelled his name 😉

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