The dynamics of donation
By Talha Masood
“To vanquish the shadows of poverty and destitute, our souls need to be purged of greed and ambition, to be cleansed by a baptism of fire and empathy, devotion and sacrifice.”
In the wake of Covid19 pandemic the already debilitating economies of many Third World countries such as our beloved Pakistan have witnessed its poverty stricken inhabitants to have grown in number. Some of those who recently found employment were struck of the strength with their employers excuse that they would not be able to afford their wages, while others whose fortune merely consisted of daily wages were once again ushered into a blood chilling battle for their survival against hunger and the crushing weight of feeding their families as their bread earners. Reportedly, there were those who lost this battle and had to end their lives to escape their guilt and suffering, and there are still others who are fighting tooth and nail to hold on to what they have, to cling on to their dear lives in the hope of better times to come. Fortunately, there are those of us who stepped forth to do whatever they can for such people to survive these trying times.
However, while such people have shown their souls to be the material of heroes, a general idea prevails which subjugates the spirit of donation and limits it to monetary funding and financial assistance only. When in reality our resources do not only consist of our wealth and other monetary assets. Do you not think that we also have our intellectual as well as other physical resources to contribute to this cause? For instance, those of us who think that their qualifications or other expertise can supplement the efforts of those who are committed to poverty alleviation as their mission, can always approach such people and suggest innovative ideas or otherwise donate their services as their charity. For the scope of donation need not be narrowed down to only money or other material resources. The elderly and other retirees can contribute their time and experience to guide and shape many poverty alleviation movements through their advice. Adults and young adults can voluntarily offer their skills and services to further the cause of establishing even a single person or his/her entire household. Our energetic youth can always invest their excessive energies into mobilizing masses to cater for the needy, and eventually to help create a society where every heartthrob with the desire to be the guiding hand for those who need somebody to pull them out of their misfortune. With your leave I would venture so far as to even believe that our children can also be taught, without encumbering their education, to lend their playfulness and revive the innocence of those other children, who in appearance are of their own age but in experience, are shouldering the burdens of many adults to live through their poverty stricken childhood purity.
In essence dear reader, the ability to feel another’s pain and suffering, there will to devote your time and money, your thoughts and expertise into relieving others of their sufferings, constitute to be the sole of every donation. So Let us take this opportunity of this coming EID to acknowledge the fact that like Ebrahim and Ismail (peace be upon them both), there are those who willingly sacrificed their lives for the love of their God, who is the benefactor of the entire creation, thus donating their own shares into benefiting others. Let us take inspiration from them and become examples in our own stead of being others benefactors in any way we can!