Are We Fasting Or Starving?


The holy month of Ramazan isn’t about only praying five times a day, fasting the whole day, and refraining from the consumption of cigarettes alone. It encompasses the concept of helping and encouraging the needy as well. Those that are in need of help seek assistance in this month. It’s one of the months when we witness them, some amputated, while others with heart-wrenching stories, wandering here and there. 

However, a couple of days back, while I was going to offer the ‘Magrib’ prayers, I came across a young lady along with two little children going to and fro outside the Masjid. Upon observing them, they pocketed out a piece of cloth with some documents hanging on a short thread and leaned against the wall. A few minutes later they begin to seek alms so pathetically that a worst-of-our kind wouldn’t turn eyes off them and at least would give some pennies, but that wasn’t the case. The same-fasting-and apparently well off people didn’t pay any heed and even those who paid were abusing and throwing execrable appellations at them. I was so broken inside while seeing one of our fasting-man clamouring and creating hullabaloo that, “Don’t make fool of us to be here with gloomy faces.” Oh! God Almighty how would I ever be able to forget her pale face and uncanny gesture. ‘So painful to bear; so egregious of us’.

Anyways, my conscience didn’t let me walk away, and I checked the documents, where it was written that these two children are suffering from blood cancer. The disease which trembles our legs very often. She talked her heart out and divulged, the pains hidden inside her, to me that she’s been divorced leaving her along with these little toddlers on the road. She cried incessantly. Her whole body was quivering of futuristic thoughts. Her psychological centre seemed damaged. But, was anyone listening to her. Everyone was indulged in doing his/her mean business. Not a single being. None whatsoever. 

Apart from it, there are other people with different stories that are in need of help. But, what, we are always used to lampooning, deriding; and even treating  them as done to a ‘pickpocket’. The messenger of Allah has forbidden us to treat a destitute as that—but this seems to have no value before these pure people always seen boastful of their lives. What’s the worth of fasting the whole month while ignoring the needy people’ that desire for a morsel of food!

‘The people’ all over the globe are supposed to help each other in this holy and soul-refreshing month in particular, and the rest of months in general; and when it comes to a destitute, it’s onus on us to assist them through all ways possible. It’s our duty to not let the needy onto their fate, rather we should alter their ruined-fate into good. That’s what defines a true human being. What’s better than making else one happy is the question we need to contemplate on. 

Peer Faizan Bashir

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