Posted by: Dawud Israel | June 5, 2008

Project Desi Uncle

You’ve seen the classic Desi (Indo-Pak) uncle at your masjid. Sometimes he’ll be burping from his biryani Iftaar in Taraweeh or park his BMW in the wrong spot during Jumaah.

I can’t blame him for being rich

Yes, well as strange as the Desi uncle may be–he is usually very rich. Or even if he is not rich, he is doing well enough. The point I am trying to make here is that typically immigrant families originating from the Indian subcontinent are usually doing pretty good in terms of finances and this is important because their are PLENTY of them around! But they can be very stingy sometimes–especially when they are not into Islam at all!

The goal of this project is to figure out a way to influence these Desi uncles in two ways:

1) Bring them closer to Islam
2) Get them to give more money to charities

That is the basic gist of it. Doing this successfully is something I am experimenting with and Insha Allah will post something when I come across a successful method.

NOTE: No ill-will intended at Desi Muslims. đŸ™‚

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.


  1. You know so much about this desi-ness that sometimes I’m convinced you’re one of ’em (or may be you actually are..!? :O)

  2. this is a good, good for Islam, good for Desi Uncles.. but why do I have the feeling we are trying to bring them to Islam so that we can get their money for Dawah…

  3. ^Not for Dawah–for charity. What I am considering is all the problems in the Muslim world and the poverty–that is not given the proper attention.

    And either way–there is nothing wrong with asking people for donations to better the Ummah–if you think there is, then that’s a problem.

  4. I’m glad you wrote this and it’s true, Desi uncles buy luxury things left and right but when it comes to charity they look the other way. The only time I see them as a whole giving money is when the imam orders them after eid namaaz on the morning of Eid.

  5. Well, first let’s pray for them.

    How about posting dua’s at halfdate?

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