Many foreigners ask me if the top prize was really one million U.S. dollars, which was the top prize in the American version of the show. But the show was an Afghan show, and so the “million” was a million Afghanis, which is our national currency. That’s more than $23,000 U.S. dollars, which is lot of money in Afghanistan. The average annual salary in Afghanistan is only about $800 per year.
Maulana Rumi Balkhi, known in the English-speaking world as Rumi, has been always an inspiration in my life. Rumi is also sometimes referred to as “Maulana Balkhi” or “Son of the Orient.” In 2007, I was asked to represent the Maulana House, an institution in Germany dedicated to the writings of Rumi. I consider this one of my greatest honors, because Rumi’s work is so meaningful to me.The great 13th century Persian poet