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Ghathanfar Al‐Kindi

Ghathanfar Al‐Kindi, 73, a part time Arabic instructor. Michael Milsher | Washtenaw Voice


Ghathanfar Al‐Kindi, 73, a soft‐spoken part‐time Arabic instructor at WCC, sits in a small cubicle in the part‐time faculty commons. When asked these questions, Al‐Kindi shares his thoughtful responses.


Q: What is your favorite type of music and why?

A: Arabic music and classical music. I don’t like noise.


Q: What, in your opinion, is your most interesting hobby?

A: Reading, writing, and sports, especially soccer (like Real Madrid and Barcelona).


Q: What advice would you give your younger self?

A: Look to the future optimistically, because you are going to build the future.


Q: What questions would you ask your older self?

A: Are you satisfied? And my answer would be yes.


Q: If you had a chance to, what famous figure, living or dead, would you want to sit down and have lunch with?

A: Nelson Mandela, because he’s a man of peace and reconciliation.


Q: What is your motivation to get through the day? What gets you out of bed in the morning?

A: To feel that I’m still alive, still living. After leaving my bed, I’d like to do something other than still sitting.


Q: What is the most rewarding experience of your life?

A: Respect with the people I know. I respect the people I know, and people I know respect me.


Q: What is the highest item on your bucket list?

A: To make any contribution I am able to that makes this world better and better. To achieve, as far as possible, that people will live with love.


Q: What was the best meal you ever had and where?

A: In my country, Iraq, I love to eat tashreeb. I used to eat it when my mother cooked it, before she passed. I love her so much, she was a great woman.


Q: What would you say to people who seem to worship celebrities?

A: They are free to do so



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