SYED KALEEM GEELANI
While millions of Muslims across the globe are celebrating Eid al-Adha, a beautiful region, Kerala is struggling with devastating floods which has claimed hundreds of lives and suffering for the people of this region. They have no food to eat, no clothes to wear and no shelter as the dreadful flooding have created havoc and destroyed whatever came into its way.
Eid ul Adha is considered as holier of the two Eids; it is celebrated to honor the dedication and commitment of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) to sacrifice his son as an act of submission on God’s command. Hazrat Ibrahim(AS) was ready to sacrifice his beloved son, but seeing his commitment, Allah intervened and, instead, asked him to sacrifice something less dear to him. It was then that Hazrat Ibrahim(AS sacrificed an animal for Allah. In commemoration of this, every year on the day of Eid al-Adha an animal is sacrificed.
The animal is not completely consumed by the family instead it is divided in three parts. One is shared by the family, the other is distributed among relatives and neighbors, and the third part is given to the poor. Eid emphasizes on happiness and joy; both the rich as well as the poor should be happy. No one should be hungry on the day of Eid but unfortunately there are hundreds of people in parts of Kerala who are struggling with hunger and other deprivations.
Eid ul Adha teaches us lessons of commitment, humanity brotherhood and compassion. If someone is calling for help, we must all should come forward in the spirit of Hazrat Ibrahim(AS) sacrifice. Our donations will save hundreds of lives and uplift thousands; this would be equal to sacrificing a animal in the way of Allah.
Kashmir witnessed the same in 2014; the whole Srinagar city was inundated. We too lost lives and we too were displaced. We must therefore understand and feel the pain of people experiencing a similar fate. The devastating floods in Kashmir and displaced hundreds of thousands of families and threw life out of kilter. Floods end with destruction and devastation. It was Kashmir in 2014 and it is Kerala in 2018. It is an unprecedented natural disaster and no one can stop it until it stops itself. The time when this natural disaster hit Kashmir, Kerala helped us in many ways. The people of Kerala donated a lot of money for victims Kashmir floods; now the time has came when we need to repay. Humanity calls. Kerala needs our support and help at this hour of grief and sorrow.
In this hour of grief, sorrow of the people of Kerala, we should come forward help them by donating even a penny from our pockets. If we are serious and concerned about the problems of others, we will find hundreds of trustworthy links available on the Internet which collect donations for the affected families of Kerala.
I wish and hope that the people of Kashmir come forward on the auspicious occasion of Eid which emphasizes upon happiness, joy and brotherhood and come to the assistance of the disaster affected people of Kerala.
It was Kashmir in 2014; It is Kerala in 2018. Only God knows who and what can be next!
—The author writes on different issues and can be reached at: Kaleemgeelani11@gmail.com