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Daddy Cool!

Nissar Hoath / 24 May 2011

MANAMAH (Ajman) — This big daddy knows best about siring children. Ninety offspring from 17 wives has left Daad Mohammed Al Balushi in the kid zone, so to speak. The 63-year old is also getting ready for another marriage in two weeks time.

Al Balushi targets to hit a century in the number of children.

“Life and death is in God’s hand. If I live, I am certain I will achieve the target. I have given a word to His Highness late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and His Highness Shaikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, that I will have at least 100 children before I die,” said Al Balushi.

He said he made the promise in 2002 while Shaikh Zayed honoured him and other UAE nationals with the most number of children. He came on top then and remains there till this day.

Two of his wives are expected to give birth next month. “Next month, by the grace of God, I will be the father of 92 children,” said the ‘‘super dad’’.

A UAE Armed Forces member for 20 years, the now retired Al Balushi has 60 sons and 30 daughters. He also has 50 grandchildren.

The entire family meets in Manamah every week in Al Balushi’s old home. He visits Manamah on Thursday nights to attend the weekly court of the Ajman Ruler.

Al Balushi first married at the age of 19.

His wives have come all the way from the Philippines to Morocco. “I’m a global father having children from one edge of the world to another. All these were legitimate marriages. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to have more than four wives at a time. If allowed, I can manage 20 wives at a time. Now I have three wives. I will have my fourth wife after next week when I marry Rukhsana Arif from Pakistan,” he said.

He spends equal time with each wife and they have separate homes with all the amenities and even the luxuries. “Every wife has a separate house to live with her children. Every house has a car and housemaids to look after the family,” he said.

Since only four wives are allowed as per the Shariah law, he would divorce one and marry someone more fertile. “I divorce them, but look-after them thereafter, like a separate house with full financial support. Now, I have 17 houses with 17 families, all under my care.”

His father Murad Abdul Rahman, according to him, lived till 110 years and had four wives with 27 children.

Referring to his diet and fitness, Al Balushi said: “I never eat frozen or canned food. I always go for the fresh – in fact my wives are also fresh because I never marry a divorcee or widow. I cannot recall visiting a hospital for treatment.”

But he lost his leg in a road accident in 1995. ‘‘I had an accident in Ajman when all of a sudden I lost all my senses, my eyes went totally dark and the car turned over, badly damaging my leg.”

He said he is going to Jaipur in India for an artificial leg next month. He would also look for a new bride there.

Al Balushi, who hails from Dashtiyari District of Iran’s Seistan-o-Balochistan province, came to the UAE when he was less than ten years old. From Dashtiyari, he went to neighbouring Gwadar town (now in Pakistan) then under Omani rule. He later sailed to Muscat and within weeks landed in the UAE where he sought local citizenship.

·         nissar@khaljeetimes.com









‘Super dad’ facts

Name: Daad Mohammed Murad Abdul Rahman Al Balushi Place and Year of Birth: Dashtiyari, Seistan-o-Balochistan, Iran; 1948 UAE Naturalisation: 1955 First Marriage: 1967 First Child: 1970 Number of Wives: 17 (From the Philippines to Morocco; 18th marriage next week)

Number of Children: 90 (60 sons and 30 daughters; two more expected next month)

Grandchildren: 50

Monthly Domestic Expenses: Dh40,000

Presence across the Emirates: All emirates, except Fujairah

Target: To have 100 children at least and enter the Guinness Book of World Records

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