This Eid, Muslims help migrants, destitute, and needy

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Nagpur: Responding to the calls for spending money saved on shopping for this Eid-ul-Fitr

 on charity, several Muslims distributed cash, footwear and food packets to not just the poor and needy within the city but also to the migrants passing through the city outskirts.

As per the Islamic principle, the immediate neighbours have to be given first preference while giving annual zakat

 (charity) due during Ramzan

. For some, the neighborhood had affluent families that made them go beyond the local area. Many directly transferred cash to social organizations

 working for migrants while some sponsored medicines to government hospitals.

The community members were not forthcoming on revealing their identity but after some prodding agreed to speak to TOI on the condition they will only divulge details about nature of charity. 

Lawyer Firdos Mirza said the charity was in addition to zakat. “While helping others, we ensured none was embarrassed. We took their account numbers and transferred money. I belong to rural background, so I started with my relatives and friends and also helped migrants,” he said.

Mirza also sponsored medicine at GMCH after he came to know of shortage there.

Mohd Arshad Sheikh, a resident of Byramji Town who has real estate business, said he decided not to shop considering the situation in India and across the world. “Skilled workers lost employment, especially tailors. So, we gave the cash saved on shopping. Entire Ramzan, we helped migrants with food,” he said.

New Colony-based entrepreneur Fuzail Junaid said, “We distributed ration kits to families irrespective of caste and religion. Many have suffered pay cut so we helped them too. The idea was to help society and not just the community.”

Businessman Majid Parekh said he and his family members donated footwear to migrants, besides providing other assistance. “My acquaintance Asma Akbani had formed a group to help migrants. Addl CP Nilesh barne too helped the group in extending benefits to the needy,” he said.

Hamid Qureshi, secretary of Jamiat Islahul Momeneen, said, “Compared to previous years, people spent heavily on food bags. Daily wagers, skilled workers, and petty employees all benefited. Just four to five homes in Jafar Nagar distributed grains worth Rs 5 lakh each,” he said. 

Qureshi added 1,200 to 1,800 food packets were distributed using the charity funds in Shramik Special trains. “This is great contribution towards nation building. Generally, 90% of funds are spent on poor Muslims only by Muslim organizations. But this time all were covered,” he said.

Eid will be celebrated on Monday with people offering namaz at their homes and remain indoors.


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