Eagle Scout Taha Pirbhai Turns Roundabout into a Peaceful Garden

The Boy Scouts of America follow the principle of “cheerful service” when giving back to the community; a concept echoed in the teachings and practices of the Dawoodi Bohras. This means giving yourself, happily and devotedly, in the service and betterment of your community and country.

It was this ideal that inspired 15 year old Taha Pirbhai, a member of the Dawoodi Bohras of Washington, DC and the Boy Scouts of America, to create an Eagle Scout project that would serve and honor both his community and his country. Becoming an Eagle Scout is very challenging.  It requires the scout to earn 21 merit badges, hold leadership positions in their troop, and complete an approved service project.

Already a Life Rank scout – the second-highest rank attainable in the Boy ScoutsTaha needed to complete a challenging Community Service project to become an Eagle Scout, the highest and most prestigious rank given to a Boy Scout.  He chose to redesign the roundabout at the Dawoodi Bohra masjid in Ashton, Maryland – a small piece of land that marks the entrance to the masjid. Taha first sketched out his plan, determined the costs, and submitted his proposal to the Boy Scout council for approval.  

Joined by his troop, family, and members of the Dawoodi Bohra community, Taha first cleaned up the roundabout by removing weeds and old plants that had grown there.  The group then installed three walkways and – in recognition of the Dawoodi Bohras’ emphasis on the need to protect and enhance the natural environment – planted a surrounding garden that included lavender and spider plants. Finally, as a salute to his country, he installed a flagpole in the center upon which waves the United States of America flag as well as the Maryland state flag. 

Taha sees the flagpole as a representation of his patriotism and a reminder to always stay devoted in the service of his country. Commenting on his achievements, Taha said, “Going forward, I would like to focus on my studies and continue to serve my community. I also want to support other scouts to achieve the Eagle rank by taking on various leadership roles within my troop.”

A once-unused piece of land, the new roundabout has quickly become a community favorite for the Dawoodi Bohras. The area is often visited by members who enjoy both the beautiful garden and the peaceful comfort the nation’s flags provide.

One thought on “Eagle Scout Taha Pirbhai Turns Roundabout into a Peaceful Garden

  1. Rehana Husain says:

    Commendable undertaking and an inspiring moment for other young generation to follow this spirit of community giving and serving.

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