Profile: “I was young and had nothing.”


Boloush remincing his past and his family in Iran, in hopes a new wife someday. This photo’s settings  include an f-stop  of 10/.0, a shutter speed of 1/60, and an ISO of 800.

“I was young and had nothing,” said Shoomal Qassim Boloush, 54.

Boloush always felt betrayed by his country, Iran, because it does not appreciate the sect of Islam that he belongs to which is Sunni Islam.

“There is not a single Sunni mosque,” he said.

Boloush no longer found himself being accepted by his own country. He was completely lost.

“I am not allowed to stay there (in Iran) for more than six months at a time,” he added.

Boloush knew that joining the army would give him a source of income that will enable him to start his own business. Despite him not feeling acknowledged by his country, he developed himself by firstly following what he was passionate about. Boloush started up his own local business, in Makran, called Baqalat Abu-Nasser.

“Today my eldest son has inherited this local business and is working in it. It feels good to know that you have secured a source of income for your children,” he said.

“I am married to three women, and I am eager to marry a fourth,” Boloush added.

He supports the concept of polygamy, regardless of his modest financial status. In fact, he believes the more wives and children he has, the more blessed his life becomes. Boloush has nine children and three grandchildren. His first son, Abdel Nasser, is the most he sees his young passionate self in.


Boloush entering a candy shop of unique and traditional types of candies rarely found nowadays. The photo settings include a aperture of 10.0, a shutter speed of 1/50, and a 640 ISO.

Despite that fact that Boloush considers Qatar to be his home, the most thing he longs for is reconciling with his children and spending more time with them.

“When I compare Qatar from the 80’s to today, it seems like I am in a completely different world. Qatar has evolved in so many positive ways. But, my level of comfort has always been the same. Qatar is more home to me than anywhere else,” said Boloush.

One of his job requirements in which he is committed to do is gathering missing household supplies when necessary. He is also a supervisor to all domestic workers in the household he works in. Some of his other responsibilities include coordinating the other employees in the house, such as drivers and maids.

Another one of his responsibilities is escorting and accompanying a travelling family member. He is the only employee in the household, in which he lives in, that is trusted and seen responsible enough to travel with family members. It was only after a long period of time of working hard and earning his employer’s trust that he was allowed to do so.

Boloush has developed a great love for travelling, and he mentioned that a few of his favorite cities include London, Paris, and Milan. London is where he most frequently comes across many workers like himself to GCC families. He connects with the workers as he finds many similarities in the nature of his work with them.

“Getting to know them has strengthened my connections. Also, we tend to talk a lot about our experiences and learn off of each others’ skill sets,” he said.

Khaled Ayub has become one of his closest friends. Ayub is the longest lasting driver in the household Boloush works in, which Boloush has worked well with. He finds Ayub to understand him at all times and trusts to delegate him with work.

“One of my most memorable trips was to the US. I established a connection with the country on a spiritual level by the sight of mosques,” he said.

When Boloush developed that unexpected spiritual connection in the United States, it lead him to reminisce the days he would see Sunni Mosques in Iran.

Boloush seemed like a cheerful and happy person as he spoke. At the same time, there was a lot of sadness in his eyes when he spoke about his past. This was most apparent when he talked about one of the challenges he went through in life, a car accident. On one occasion, Boloush accidentally hit a man with his car. This was a turning point in his life, where he chose to be more thankful towards God. This experience also resulted to him developing into a more spiritual person because his appreciation for life increased.


Boloush having an informal conversation with a rice salesperson. This photo’s settings include an aperture of 10.0, a shutter speed of 1/100, and a 2500 ISO.