Wahid Bhat | Srinagar
A Muslim woman from Kashmir valley has stepped up and showcased that money isn’t everything, woman has proudly donated Rs. Five lac rupees she had saved for Hajj pilgrimage for coronavirus relief.
Khalida Begum –donate her savings of Rs 5 lakh, meant for the Hajj pilgrimage, to the RSS-affiliated ‘Sewa Bharati’ after apparently being “impressed with the welfare work” done by the outfit amid the lockdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Khalida Begum, 87, who saved Rs 5 lakh for Hajj, was forced to defer her plans for the pilgrimage due to the lockdown.
She, late in her age, just like any Muslim wanted to do the Hajj pilgrimage. However, her plans were cut short due to the unprecedented global illness.
In a letter addressed to Sewa Bharati, Khalida Begum writes that she was planning to go for Haj this year on her own expenses but as the country is going through the difficult time due to COVID-19 outbreak she decided against performing Haj this year.
She further writes that she came to know that Sewa Bharati is working tirelessly for extending much needed help to the needy persons. Hence she decided to donate Rs. 5,00,000 /- to the organisation so that the amount can be best utilized for taking care of those who are in urgent need of help. The receipt of the cheque which was attached to Khalida Begum’s letter has been confirmed by Sewa Bharati.
Every devout Muslim wishes to go to Hajj which is a Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. This year however Mecca too has also been closed due to the Wuhan virus.
Sewa Bharati has been providing food and essential items for those affected by the lock down in Jammu and other parts of the union territory. The organisation has a vast presence in the union territory and regularly organises blood donation camps, medical camps, eye-testing camps, relief and rehabilitation activities, cleaning activities, and many others. Sewa Bharati was actively involved in providing relief and rehabilitation of civilians affected by the Jammu Floods in 2014.
“Khalida Begum was impressed with the welfare work done by the Sewa Bharati in Jammu and Kashmir during the tough time the country is passing through due to sudden outbreak of COVID-19 and decided to donate Rs 5 lakh to the organization,” said an RSS spokesperson.
The old Kashmiri woman, despite her age, has been a great social worker for Kashmiris in the past. Belonging to a family of Kashmiri bureaucrats, Khalida has the tendency to be selfless. She believes the money she donated for COVID-19 relief, will pay more dividends than her Hajj and rightly so.
The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic sees no stopping at the moment as the total tally of active cases has reached 9,00,000 in the world in India Coronavirus cases reached almost 2000 and 56 people die due to this virus.
Khalida’s son, retired IPS officer Farooq Khan is currently working as an advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.