Waquar Hasan | Clarion India
NEW DELHI – Muslims are at the forefront of fight against Coronavirus in India ever since the Central government enforced nationwide lockdown to deal with the outbreak of the pandemic. The efforts made at individual level and in groups in this regard has been widely reported and brought into limelight through social media. A weekly Urdu newspaper, Dawat, published a report on 30 unsung Muslim corona warriors who worked tirelessly and selflessly to deal with the situation arising from the outbreak.
The story of those warriors has been compiled by Shujaat Hussaini “to showcase the exceptional services of some of the Muslim volunteers and their contribution, ignoring their social, political and philosophical inclinations”.
This compilation of stories is in response to the hate propaganda and smear campaign launched by the mainstream media that resulted in discrimination, boycott even physical attacks on the community members in different parts of the country.
“Amid challenging days of the global pandemic, some media channels continue with their hate-mongering agenda, suppressing a lot of heartwarming scenes of kindness, sacrifice and brotherhood. The aim of this toxic media campaign is nothing but to veil the selfless service, love and philanthropy of a certain section of the society so as to create an atmosphere of hatred conducive to the political gains of their masters,” noted the compiler.
The first unsung hero who has been hailed in the fight against the Covid-19 is CIPLA and its Muslim owner Yousouf Hamied whose company manufactures medicine. Now, they are on the task of discovering vaccine for the Covid-19.
Faraz Zaidi, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, is a prominent member of Corona Vaccine Team at Wester Institute which specialises in vaccine development against infectious disease.
Hyderabad-based activist Khalida Parveen started her community kitchen for the poor workers on the very first day of the lockdown. Since then it is working ceaselessly, feeding hundreds of people every day. Her mess served 23,000 needy people and provided dry ration to 3,450 people.
In UP’s Hapur, Muslims hosted dozens of Hindu migrant workers who were stranded due to lockdown. The story has been reported by NDTV on April 16.
In Maharashtra’s Kolhapur, Muslim labourers, fruit vendors and rickshaw pullers formed Baitulmall Committee (Islamic Charity Exchequer) to help the needy. They have been feeding 3,000 families. They also donated Rs 30 lakh to the local hospital for the procurement of the ventilators and other medical essentials.
Jamat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) Aurangabad led by Saleem Siddiqui, in collaboration with other NGOs made arrangements for the stay of migrant workers who had undertaken an grueling journey to their homes hundreds of kilometers away, on foot after 19 workers were run over in the area.
In Karnataka, two brothers, Tajammul and Muzammil, sold their property worth 25 lakh to feed the poor and hungry.
Hyderabad techie Khalif Saifullah developed an app named “Free Ration App” to connect the needy with many NGOs and merchants.
An Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alumnus, Nadeem Rahman, developed low-cost Covid-19 testing kits that give results within 15 minutes.
IPS officer Khalid is supplying food to 11,000 people daily while discharging his duty in Maharashtra. His sacrifices have been recognised by Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamana.
In Bangalore, Muslim groups joined hands to help the poor and distressed people under the aegis of Mercy Mission. They are providing them with ration kits working on a helpline number meant for the distressed people.
Apart from these, there are other Muslims groups like Jamiat Ulam-e-Hind and Student Islamic Organisation which are carrying out relief works ceaselessly. These are some of those stellar relief works which have been compiled by the Dawat.