Living in a developing nation, I get to witness the extremities of the richness and poverty which shatters my heart.
It was raining this whole week, while many of us enjoyed the smell of wet soil with pakodas & fries as the rain poured down, others were out on the streets because the roof over their head was losing the battle against the army of droplets and winds. As some wished for the rain to never stop pouring from the sky, others were helplessly standing & desperately praying as they watched their source of income floating away in front of their eyes.
How would you console a guy who lost his way of earning? How would he feed his family or overcome his losses?
Not just monsoon, summers & winters can be equally harsh. While the fortunate ones sleep in the comfort of their houses with air conditioners / heaters, the struggling ones have to survive through this.
Where have we failed as a society? We see two extremes and we ignore it. We close our eyes when we see a needy, but gift nothing but best to those who are self-sufficient!
Makes me wonder, what are we doing for the society at large? Are we contributing to make life easier for those who are almost always in survival mode?
We are frugal beings, when we are asked to pay our alms we calculate exact 2.5%. We clench to our wealth as we are going to live for eternity, can’t we adopt at least 1 family? Can’t we help people with compassion, help them experience a little goodness?
If you read this today, may I request you to please help the needy around you. Like drops together makes an ocean, we all together can help make lives easier for our fellow humans.
You can live without branded clothing, but they can’t live without food. Be a lot more generous today!
I leave you here with 2 quotes to reflect..
The rich man who gives to the poor does not bestow alms but pays a debt.
In giving alms, let us rather look at the needs of the poor than his claim to your charity.
– Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
Photo credits: Kirillslov
September 12, 2021 @ 6:46 am
No it’s the parallel universe with negativity and humans playing gods in this multi universe dimension 😅… they was an IDEA to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they could become something more. See if they could work together when we needed them to to fight the battles we never could😁.
September 17, 2021 @ 1:59 pm
Such an important conversation to have! We need to do more and it should be a part of our life goals to help empower the at least the people around us if not more. I think many stumble at how though..
September 27, 2021 @ 8:25 am
Your last lines said it allll!! I believe the reason why the rich are given the riches is to see how well they can take care of the poor surrounding them and not to live a highly luxurious life if its stopping them from contributing to the society! This money, its not ours. May we all be better people, better muslims!