This grave is the grave of Marali Saab. Everyone has someone who was the first. Marali Saab is the first known Muslim on my father’s side of the family. According to the family tree he converted in the late 1400’s. Six hundred years later his choice endures. As a side note, I believe we all have our own personal ways to believe and worship God and that God being GOD accepts and understands each person’s sincerity. This Ramadan I started thinking of Marali Saab. I don’t know much about him besides his name and where he lived. I wish I could learn why he chose to convert, if he faced animosity, or if he inspired others to do the same. It began in India and then continued in Pakistan and now has reached the other side of his world. If he only knew. I wonder what he’d think. I believe in Islam from my own will… but in part… thanks to him, and the choice he made over 600 years ago, insh’allah I will be celeberating Ramadan this week . Ramadan Mubarak.