Rabi-Ul-Awwal \ Rabi-Ul-Akhir 1424 H
Volume 16-06 No : 198
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By Nigar Ataulla
How often we take Allah’s mercies for granted? Do we ever pause to even think that whatever we eat and drink gets converted to energy and we are able to go about our normal life so well? Honestly, health seems to be one of the most cherished gift that Allah bestows on us. But we hardly contemplate on this and only realise this when we ourselves fall ill or see others ill.
Twenty is an age when a girl plans her career or dreams of carving her future. While for some its smooth sailing, the others cross hurdles and create an identity for themselves as professionals. But have you ever thought of those young girls who at 20 have to run from pillar to post to collect a large sum of money for a critical surgery? This is no tale, but reality. Right in this city of Bangalore where the shrill beep of mobiles has scared even the house sparrows away from their domains, there is a 20 year old girl, Mujasim whose heart skips a beat-Yes! Pretty and dainty Mujasim has been suffering from Rheumatic Heart Disease , severe Mitral Valve Regurgitation since 9 long years- a condition requiring intricate surgery. A lot of people say that heart problems affect only the rich and famous who fly across the seven seas and get their hearts rectified. But for Mujasim, it’s a question of collecting every shining coin for her surgery. She lost her father Syed Siraj five years ago. She is supported by her mother who is a housewife and younger brother who works as a part-time electrician earning about Rs 2000 per month which takes care of only their daily survival. So where on earth does the family save for the surgery. According to Dr Sadruddin Shariff of HOPE Medical Centre who is treating Mujasim, the surgery will cost Rs 80,000 and the cost of the valve alone is another 20,000. “The surgery will give the girl at least another 40 years of normal life, otherwise her case is so critical that it may be a very tough life for her for just two years,” says Dr Shariff.
This is the harsh reality and here is where the community can pitch in to save the life of a 20 year old. While appeals for contributions and help from the ill in the community flood the media, it is sad that the mainstream media has virtually ignored the community when it comes to issues of health. While the mainstream publications splash a photo of an injured Sachin Tendulkar in some posh hospital abroad or for that matter Aiswarya Rai being wheeled out for an injured knee, they hardly care to take up genuine critical cases in the Muslim community.
It is easy to read this and turn the page and put away the paper, but think before you do that. If you have the “oh forget it-its just another appeal for funds” sort of attitude, then you ought to check your hearts too.
For there in lies the desire to help the poor and the deserving. While you can pray for Mujasim or have a word of sympathy, it will make her life better if you could pitch in as a member of the community with contributions in the form of cheque or DD in favour of Hope Medical Centre, for the surgery.
Get in touch with Dr F. Sadruddin Shariff at HOPE Medical Centre, No 332, Dar-us Salam, Queen’s Road, Bangalore-52.Ph: 2202201, 2202202.
Bangalore:It was a refreshing change to see Muslims flocking in crowds towards the All India Islamic Book Fair and Exhibition. Organised by Syed Tanveer Ahmed of Book Ware who managed to rope in popular names in the book business from Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai too, the Fair offered more than 5000 titles on Islam in Urdu, English, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil. Even rare books like The Emergence of Islam by Mohammad Hamidullah could be picked up from here. In this age of the Net when books are downloaded from the websites by the so-called software professionals, there is nothing to beat the pleasure of reading a hard-bound book at your own pace and leisure. The Book Fair which was an overwhelming success renewed the faith in the fact that come what may, the books and the print media are here to stay for all times to come. For a deeper insight into the world of books on Islam, contact Syed Tanveer Ahmed at Ph:3543401.