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The story of Bodu Takurufan part 8
As told by the famous Buraara Mohamed Fulhu
and written by Al-hajj Ibrahim Ibn Ismail Feeboa



Now listen!

Utheem Kalhu Ali Kateeb Takurufan's wife became pregnant and she gave birth to a boy. On the seventh day they named him Hussein Takurufan. As he grew up, Kalhu Ali Kateeb Takurufan taught him properly everything he knew. Hussein was invited to take part in every prayer meeting and mauloodh held on the islands of the atoll of Thiladhunmathi.

During this time, Kateeb Takurufan's wife told her husband that while he was still alive he should change the kateeb licence document to Hussein's name. Kateeb Takurufan agreed this was a good idea and prepared the odi to take tributes and barutheela to Male'. After securely anchoring the odi in Male' harbour, he organised the vedhun and barutheela and headed for the palace.

'And what brings Utheem Kalhu Ali Takurufan here?' asked Dhon Bulhaa Fashana as the kateeb arrived.
Ali replied that he wanted the Utheem kateeb writ changed to include his son Hussein Takurufan.

Dhon Bulhaa accepted the gifts and barutheela, and during his reign the kateeb document was changed to the name of Hussein Takurufan. The kateeb paid his respects and with his new document returned to his odi, traded his goods and then returned to Utheem. There he unloaded his cargo and grounded and sheltered the odi. The kateeb went to the middle of the island and called out 'Yo!' When all the people gathered, he read out the document and gave his harufathu keyn.

Hussein accompanied his father when he went trading among the islands. All the island goods were brought to their trading table and bought and sold there. Kateeb Takurufan would say he was going to the mosque and tell his son to continue trading until he returned. The kateeb would visit the mosque but when he returned he would hide some distance away and watch his son trading.

One day they were trading at the Maarandhoo island market and the kateeb went off to the mosque at midday. Later he secretly watched his son at work.

Now listen!

Maarandhoo Theyravaa Mudhim Kaleyge had a daughter. He had died and this girl was coming of age and preparing to wear her first dress. She ran home after playing and said to her mother. 'The Utheem father and son are here trading. Shall we go?'
'Look child, there's no one poorer than us on this island. And the second most important person, as far as this atoll is concerned, is Utheem Kalhu Ali Kateeb Takurufan. When that father and son team are trading what can we possibly have that would interest them?'
The girl said she had two rolls of coir rope she'd spun that morning and they could take that. The mother wasn't impressed with the argument but the girl insisted.
'Mother, there's no reason to be ashamed of our poverty, as long as we take something.'

She pulled out the two rolls from under the big bench and gave it to her mother and pushed her towards the shelter until the mother was standing directly in front of the trading table. The girl disappeared behind a fiyakani of a nearby house and the mother put the two rolls of coir behind her back as Hussein Takurufan said, 'Elder sister, was that your daughter or a relative I saw you with just now?'
'She's my daughter.'
'Why isn't she wearing a dress?'
'Because we're so poor we can't afford one.'
Hussein immediately asked her what she wanted to trade and the woman held up the two rolls of coir. He took them and gave her a waist cloth, a dress, a handkerchief and twenty kilograms of rice.

Kateeb Takurufan had watched all this from a distance. Now he approached the shelter. 'Looks like we've done enough trading around here, time to leave.'

They left for Thiladhunmathi island and traded fish before heading to Male' and then returning to Utheem for a while. The following season they went to Lhavan Dhippolhu and traded in the islands around there and at Lhavandhoo. There they unloaded their trading goods into the trading shelter and after a while Kateeb told his son he was going to the mosque. As before, after visiting the mosque he hid and watched his son at work.

There was a poor Lhavandhoo woman who had a daughter also ready for her dress. This girl wanted to visit the trading area and she had a roll of coir rope to barter. The mother pointed out the importance and wealth of the kateeb but the girl felt no shame about her poverty and fetched the coir from under the big bench. She gave the bundles to her mother and pushed her along to the front of the traders' table. The young girl ran off and hid in the fiyakani of the nearest house. The mother held the coir behind her back as she stood in front of the shelter and Hussein Takurufan asked her whether the young girl was a daughter or relative.
'That's my daughter,' she replied.

'Why isn't she wearing a dress?'
'There's no one poorer than us on this island. We don't have any dresses for her to wear.'
'So, what did you bring to trade?'
'This roll of coir rope.'
He took the rope and in exchange gave her a waist cloth, a dress, a handkerchief and three gadethi. Hussein also handed over twenty-four kilograms of rice.

Noticing this, Kateeb Takurufan returned to the shelter and said their trading seemed to be finished and it was time to leave the island. They traded their goods in the Ihavan Dhippolhu islands and took the fish they received to Male' and then returned to their home island.

The following year while the father and son went trading goods around in the Thiladhunmathi islands, they stopped at Maarandhoo island. They unloaded their trade goods and traded until evening. Then Hussein Takurufan said to his father, 'Now its getting dark let's sail off with our goods.'
'We'll spend the night in the island,' said his father, 'and leave tomorrow morning.'

As the sun set, Kateeb Takurufan went in search of two witnesses and also obtained consent and dowry price from the daughter of Theyravaa Mudhin Kaleyge. Hussein Takurufan married the girl. They spent the night on the island and at the first light of morning the two men left in their odi and took the lady to Utheem where they stayed until the following year.

When the season came round again, they loaded their fishing odi with trade goods and went to Lhavan Dhippolhu and traded in various islands. They also stopped at Lhavandhoo island and traded from the shelter there until evening. Hussein Takurufan spoke to his father, 'Shall we leave with the goods we've traded?'
Kateeb Takurufan replied that they would stay until next morning.

Then he went around the island as the sun was setting and found two witnesses and obtained parental consent and a dowry price so that Hussein Takurufan could wed the daughter of the poor Lhavandhoo woman. They spent the night on the island and early next morning the father and son left with their goods and traded in other islands before taking all the fish they'd obtained to Male'. They traded there as well and then returned to Utheem with all their goods. Hussein didn't take his new Lhavandhoo wife to Utheem; she was left on her home island.

The lady from Maarandhoo was brought to Utheem and after many days she became pregnant. Nine months and nine days later she gave birth to a healthy baby girl. On the seventh day after the birth the girl was named Fatmath Faanu. A year later, the lady from Maarandhoo was pregnant again and nine months and nine days later she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. On the seventh day he was named Ali Takurufan. These two siblings were brought up on Utheem and Kalhu Ali Kateeb Takurufan taught his grandchildren everything he knew. Whenever a prayer meeting or mauloodh was held on a Thiladhunmathi island, Takurufan's son Ali was always invited to take part.

Meanwhile the kateeb of Maarandhoo island died and the people of the island gathered and said, 'We can't afford not to have an island chief. Shall we go to Male' and get a new kateeb appointed?'
The older people said, 'It's a big trip to Male' from here. If a kateeb or mudhim was assigned to a Thiladhunmathi island with the approval of Utheem Kalhu Ali Kateeb Takurufan, then Male' wouldn't oppose it. So there's no reason to travel such a long way. Let's go to Utheem.'

The people of Maarandhoo arrived at Utheem in their fishing odis and waited outside the house of Kalhu Ali Kateeb Takurufan. He asked what they wanted.
'Our island chief on Maarandhoo has passed away.' said the elders among them, and they asked him to appoint a new kateeb.
'Would you accept a man from your island,' inquired the Utheem chief.
'We would accept anyone who is appointed with your approval.'
'Then I appoint Ali Takurufan the son of Hussein Takurufan as the Maarandhoo kateeb. You can take him with you.'
The people said goodbye and returned to Maarandhoo with their new chief, Ali Takurufan. He married a woman from Thakandhoo island in Thiladhunmathi atoll and lived with her in Maarandhoo.


We shall pause this story here, for the time being.




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