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Take the First Step

Sahira Iqbal Bajwa
Someone recently wrote, *“How can I serve others?” How can I contribute in my society?* Contact, if any one need my help.
The fact that he was even asking these questions makes me want to give him a gold star! So many of us spend our time secretly asking same questions. Just questions. Because they think that, in practical to serve othets is quiet difficult.
Ramadan is a special time of year. When Muslims around the world take a step back from their daily routines and focus on the society, community, charity, helping, facilitating others, and prayers. *Ibn-Abbas described that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was the most generous of people* Specially in th month of Ramadan. Being human, being Muslims its our duty to move ahead and check, Is there a family in our neighborhood that we haven’t seen in a while? A student in a strange new city? A new Muslim who is fasting for the first time? Why not take a few minutes to make a phone call, drop in for a visit, or invite someone to iftar. Even the smallest gesture of kindness can make a huge difference in someone’s life. All around the world, and even in your own backyard, there are people who are suffering from illness, hunger, or desperation. _”Those who spend their wealth by night and day, in secret and in public, shall have their reward with their Allah. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve” (Al-Qur’an 2:274).
Even more valuable than money is our time. Its better not to ask questions but to find out what we can do to contribute in out society.
*-Is our local mosque hosting iftar dinners? Why not help with the planning or clean-up?
*-Is a local charity raising funds for humanitarian aid? Is there a poor family, needs Ration?
*-Is there group of poor kids want to celebrate their Eid with our tokan of love? Lets find out and start our contribution. There are countless ways to serve for Allah by serving our community.
From donating blood (or just volunteering at the Red Cross) to adopting a poor family, facilitating a poor student, etc our local community has great need for our time and efforts. And there are a number of volunteers, who are working quietly. I’ll give you a super-practical example to serve others. When we select causes to devote our time and talents and treasure to, be careful to select good causes which will produce much joy and happiness for us and for those we serve. *Mrs. Mariya Waqas is putting her efforts to contribute in community. From January, 2016 she is leading Karwarn-E-Meharbani, spreading happiness, kindness and love all around. I talked to her, and was surprised to see, how motivated she is. Her family life is well managed. In these hot days, she can be seen in “Kaachi Abadees” of Karachi for distribution of Ramzan Ration bags, Eid gifts, Books, School Bags, Stationary Boxes and much more. Here I would love to include her story. Mrs. Mariya Waqas’s journey towards “Karwan-E-Meharbani”.
“8th October, 2005, I distinctly remember that day. A day when Pakistan shook from Northern Areas to Karachi. In the following weeks since 8th October, hospitals in Rawalpindi flooded with earthquake victims from the areas that were hit by the worst earthquake in the country’ history.
One such was CMH. I visited like many others that were visiting to help, to volunteer or to do our bit. But, seeing those kids, I froze and I have never felt so empty in my entire life. I was so helpless. I couldn’t do much, except be there for them at all times.
And this volunteer work continued on and off for some few years. Yes, I wasn’t regular in doing my bit. Life happened. Kids, postings, school but then, on 15th January, 2016, Karwan-E-Mehrbani was born. Inspired by Dewar-E-Mehrbani of Iran, along with an amazing friend, Ismat Ali, I established a wall for the distribution of clothes near Bahria College. From there Alhamdolilah, began a series of events which has helped many deserving people in the past two years. As social media is the fastest way to communicate so I made a page by the name of Karwan-E-Mehrbani. And though, we are a mere 750+ members, but the contributions from amongst the members has been absolutely amazing. Peoples really want a platform of those they can trust, especially Pakistanis living abroad. And my contributors have Alhamdolilah really put their faith in me while doing the small that we do. Until now almost 100 school-children have been provided with school bags and accessories. Almost 400 people have been provided ration bags. Lunch was once distributed amongst 500 workers Ma Shaa Allah. This project not only involves doing mega events, rather with these contributions, we have helped in the wedding of few girls, helped in the treatment of many patients. In the end all I can say is that we need to take one first step. After that with the blessings of Allah (SWT), the pathway to kindness becomes smooth and easy to manage.”

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