Chandraat has always been about checks and balances. My mother would open her accounting log and record my parents’ earnings, deduct the amount for Dasond, and then distribute individual allowances.

If it was the Chandraat after Bakra Eid, then my brother and I would emulate my mom’s accounting practice, each setting aside $12.50 for Dasond and filling out deposit slips for the remaining $87.50. For me, giving Dasond was a joyful dance of gratitude, as it provided an opportunity for me to share the wealth and spend in the way of my Lord.

Du’a and Dasond are both obligatory and inseparable in the Ismaili Tariqah of Islam. Together they constitute the Cycle of Sustenance in the physical world. One without the other is simply incomplete.

Du’a, symbolized by the Whirling Dervish’s upward-facing right palm, is a spiritual gesture to ask for and receive sustenance from the Sustainer of…

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