The point that I want make is that while a grand gala function fits into the priorities of the PSNT, a humanitarian appeal, first of its kind, was ignored under the pretext of regulations. It is a public knowledge that the PSNT has a sizeable amount deposited in its account.
There are physicians, the business tycoons, the fast food franchise owners, the importers and exporters, the commission agents, the real estate moguls and so. May God give them more wealth and material gains!
Did you notice that what to speak of giving charity or donations; they come in our social gatherings, cultural unions and fairs. They have a world of their own. These are only the ordinary individuals who readily respond to the needs of indigent and poor members and families of our community.
There are others who for want of money cannot hire a lawyer to pursue their legitimate judicial cases. There are also many who are caught in immigration whirlwinds and are suffering at the hands of the cutthroat and greedy non-Desi attorneys.
For such funds or charities, the well off from among the respective communities can set aside 2 per cent of their income on monthly or yearly basis. The Muslims can give their Zakat (religious tax) or Fitrana (a donation given on Eid festivals) in such relief funds.
Though not rich monetarily, esteemed Mike Ghouse is disbursing the intellectual wealth to our community and promoting the most vital objective of fostering goodwill and bonhomie among various religions. Then there is Mr. Farooq Khan and his illustrious wife who follow the shariah injunction that one should help the needy in such a way that “while giving from one hand, the other hand should not know”. This remarkable couple is patronizing a school of poor children in Pakistan exclusively with their own finances.
If anyone can be termed a benign icon it is Jinab Khaliq Sahib. If anyone comes near to the model of a good Muslim, a symbol of magnanimity and benevolence, in our community, it is certainly Khaliq Qureshi Sahib.