Materialism, vanity and self-love has dominated us
The disastrous impact of Covid-19 pandemic continues around the world on every sphere of life. The worst sufferers have been the poor strata of our society be it daily labourers, drivers, or transporters. The only hope left for these people are the people around them. These people have a hope that they will get a helping hand in these testing times.
I had in one of the articles published in Rising Kashmir titled “Importance of Bayt-ul-Maal” on June 07, 2020 highlighted the need to accelerate the working of Bayt-ul-Maals in our communities who could compensate the people in need. Now, as the auspicious day of Eid-ul-Adha is nearer, it is obligatory for everyone to look by ourselves around our communities for the people in need and secretly handover as much as we can.
We live in such a world where materialism, vanity and self-love has dominated us. The lust for money, power and position has largely deprived us from feeling anybody’s pain. Phrase that is, “Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches” finds its greater relevance in present times.
We have become so stone-hearted and selfish that at times we romanticize on social media anybody’s pain to gain attention or just for likes and shares. We limit our contribution to just posting on social media and sitting in our cocoons. Practically, on the ground most of us fail. Be it our intellectual class, students, journalists or Twitterati all are in a race to prove they are right and the other is wrong.
We need to self-introspect where we are heading. Show-off in virtual world has become a trend. We need a change. Starting any campaign online to help the needy is futile if it is not workable on ground.
Moreover, while the world is fighting just with this pandemic alone; we in Kashmir have to fight enormous battles simultaneously. 4G internet suspension is about to complete a year. Students are the worst sufferers. Education system is ailing. Conflict has made Kashmir a scary place to live in. Even during this lockdown, there have been scores of encounters and killings leaving residents and residential houses destroyed and families in pain. There is also a need of reaching out to those families in distress who have are left with nothing because of these encounters.
Scores of examples of such families can be seen from our valley whose livelihoods have completely got shattered since the beginning of this pandemic in March. Ultimately, the lockdown impacts these families the most; whether those who used to drive passenger vehicles or others. Many of them have bank loans of their vehicles.
The message of Eid-ul-Adha is to give sacrifice. Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was even willing to sacrifice his son for Allah’s sake. We must also sacrifice something this Eid and donate to the families who are in dire need. They can also to some extent utilize it on this auspicious occasion of Eid. Most of us also restrict our donations merely to some few hundred rupees knowing the fact in today’s competitive world needs are many and market is expensive. We should try to give a good amount in charity. It is said that, “If all people will sincerely give zakat, no human being family will die of hunger.”
It is high time that we must collectively do something for these families. We all know about our communities, Mohallas and localities; who is economically weaker and needs compensation etc. and reach out to them individually. Many families will bear hardships but won’t ask for help from anyone. It is our responsibility to reach to these families in these testing times and especially on this auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.