Name: Haji Muhammad Sanusi
Age: 72
Occupation: Foodstall operator
Residence: Kuta

What is the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Life has taught me a great deal about religion. I found that we should always remember God and have a balanced life, now and when we are in heaven.

What’s most important?
Our relationship with God, and then family.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
You should find your own way to enjoy your life. Be diligent and be smart in sharing your money.

Are you worried about dying?
No. I don’t think I should be afraid of it, because everybody is going to die. People who are afraid of death can’t enjoy their lives.What was the happiest time of your life?
After I went on the haj pilgrimage to Mecca. It has been the most fantastic experience of my life so far.

And the worst?
When I almost drowned when I fell from a ship in 1982.

What’s humanity all about?
It is all about controlling yourself in order to not do bad things. We also have to respect others, because we have to live together in this world.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
It is the way and the fate of the world. When we get to our new lives in heaven, there will be no conflicts.

Is a peaceful world possible?
No, because like I said before, humans have desires and appetites. As long as human beings are unable to control themselves, there will be no peace on Earth. That is why God created heaven and hell.

How old do you feel?
Old enough, because I can’t work anymore.

Is one lifetime enough?
It is enough. I am happy with my life and so far I have always enjoyed my life, because I always feel secured by God.

How has Bali changed?
The greatest changes since I’ve been in Bali are the amount of high buildings and vehicles. There were no high buildings and not many cars or bikes at all before.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes, but of course there are bad effects as well.

What’s the major difference between the East and West?
I think Westerners try to enjoy their lives more than people in the East. Maybe it’s because they believe that life only happens once, while in the East people believe in reincarnation. People in the East have more time to take care of themselves, and find their identity.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
Never – no way!

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