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Ramadan 1424 H
November 2003
Volume 16-11 No : 203
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For the Poor and the Downtrodden Muslims!
Muslims-Help Yourself!

For the Poor and the Downtrodden Muslims!

Bangalore: With the welfare of the poor and the downtrodden in mind, Chairman of the Jumma Masjid Trust, Syed Masood has taken the initiative at the Khuddus Sahib Khabrastan situated on Nandidurg Road. According to Syed Masood, the Khabrastan now has a bathing facility for the dead bodies. Have you ever thought where do the poor, living in one room houses or even those residing in congested flats manage to give the dead a decent ghusl? At the Khuddus Sahib Khabrastan, there are women and men appointed only for the purpose of bathing the female and the male dead bodies. They are available round-the clock and have been provided with residential accommodation there. The kafan is also provided there. While the service comes free for the poor, moderate rates are charged for those who can afford to pay. A van facility is also available to transport the dead body from the house or the hospital. For the Muslims in the community, this comes as a boon as when a tragedy strikes and there is death, normally confusion prevails. The members of the house especially the poor have no idea about the rituals to be carried out on the dead.


For further details contact Syed Masood-Chairman-Jumma Masjid Trust-Ph: 5596099. Masjid e-Qudsia: 3537605, Masjid-e Qadria-3632318.

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Muslims-Help Yourself!

Muslims must faith have in their own abilities to struggle and work hard in such a way, that people will find it impossible to deny them anything that is rightfully belongs to them.

By Shahnawaz Khan

Looking towards politics to help solve our problems and provide us with a platform for growth, is akin to asking the Alligator to help us cross the River. Firstly, looking at the condition of politics and politicians today, I think any good Muslim would find it impossible to qualify for the criteria, which are practically required to become one. And if we ask ourselves, how much are we willing to trust a politician to help us? I'm sure we will get our answer. Secondly, and more importantly, I feel that looking upon receiving help from an external source (political system) to help us in our growth is like begging for help. No... we do not need to do that... We can definitely help ourselves and we do not need to depend upon a corrupt political system to give us any hand-out. In any case, there is no such thing as a Free Lunch, and we will have to compensate for all the help that we will be getting. Politics today, is more about making money than anything else, and we need not provide this trade with more excuses, by asking for help. Nor can we get involved in the system without having the readiness to corrupt ourselves and play the game along. To help ourselves, the first thing we need is to completely believe in ourselves. We must find it deep within our souls, that all the help we want will come from Allah s.w.t. and our own efforts and belief. We must faith have in our own abilities to struggle and work hard in such a way, that people will find it impossible to deny us anything that is rightfully ours. We have to organise ourselves together and find strength in our collective numbers. We must believe at all times that ONLY we can help ourselves, and we must pray to Allah s.w.t. to provide us with the right path and thinking. We must form progressive organizations and elect good professional people from within our community to run them. We must take active interest and participate in community activities and be ready to spend some small amounts of money towards a common cause. We must felicitate young achievers among ourselves and encourage them to work harder and also have a sympathetic, yet active view of community activities. We need to have the spirit of forgiveness for our brethren and overlook small mistakes which happen during the running of organisations. There are sufficient people within our own community who have been given enough money by Allah s.w.t. and they are also willing to help others. We need to awake from our slumber and put our shoulders to the collective cart of community progress. Allah s.w.t has given us the intrinsic strength, values and social structure that is needed to succeed in this world and the next. We only need to understand that apart from our daily grind to earn our bread and butter, we need to spare some time, money and thought for doing something on a collective basis. Then again this will be for our own benefit.

(The writer can be reached at mnfarms02@vsnl.net)

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