Muslims indulge in charity ahead of Eid
Aurangabad: Members of the Muslim community from Aurangabad and different parts of Marathwada have decided to have low-key Eid celebrations and share their savings with the needy, saying that the auspicious month of Ramzan and Eid-ul-Fitr emphasise on charity and obligatory ‘zakaat’.
Many told TOI that they have decided not to purchase new clothes for the festival and that the Arabic word fitr, associated with the Eid, itself means charity. Even traders, who had purchased articles to make some business, are distributing things for free.
Mohammed Kaleem Memon, a footwear trader, has distributed few thousand pairs of slippers to migrants walking barefoot. “Looking at their sufferings, we decided to distribute the footwear stock purchased for Ramzan season, free of cost,” he said.
Certain NGOs are reaching out to wealthy families from the community to make special arrangements for those who have been detected with covid-19.
Senior medical practitioner Umar Khan said the community members had positively responded to the appeals. “The response has been incredible. People are voluntarily coming forward with their savings and helping the needy people across the communities,” he said.
Not relying on others, some affluent families have used their savings to help the needy. Socialist leader Ajmal Khan said, “My family members have unanimously decided to give away the money meant for shopping. Using this money, we have distributed dry ration kits to few hundred poor people residing in our neighbourhood.”
Courtesy : TNN