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    Abdul Basit’s Burden

    Abdul Basit’s burden

    Abdul Qadir, son of Abdul Khaliq, was 55. He lived with his elderly parents and six other family members in Jhandewali, Muzafar Garh.  In early August 2010, he saw the river Indus swallow his home and all his possessions. He and his family fled to the Basti Nai area of Jhandewali, taking refuge with a relative. After some days of respite, pangs of hunger forced Abdul Qadir to cross the 8 feet deep swirling flood waters to Ali Pur in order to buy food and blankets for him and his starving family.

    The trip was knowingly treacherous, but done out of necessity. He managed to buy what was required at Ali Pur, hoping it would bring some relief for the family. But alas, on his return while trying to negotiate the powerful flood waters, he was overcome by the tide. In his struggle he cried out, but as friends rushed to his aid, it was too late; by then Abdul Qadir had submitted his soul to Allāh.

    Abdul Khaliq
    The late Abdul Qadir’s wife, four sons and daughter.

    The late Abdul Qadir (may Allāh have mercy on him) left behind his parents, wife and five children. Of his four sons, three (Qasim Ali, 25, Sabir Ali, 23 and Khalil ur Rehman, 19) suffer from mental retardation and are fully dependent upon the fourth, Abdul Basit, 21. Being an honourable and pious young man, he now works from dawn till dusk to look after the family: a family that consists of two grandparents – who are above 80 - an aging mother, 3 disabled brothers and an unmarried younger sister. This work however only offers a minimum wage and is seasonal, and thus leaves the family in a tough situation for most of the year.

    The family are in need of financial help. Money is needed to feed them, reconstruct their damaged home, pay for rehabilitative treatment for the three disabled brothers and to make marriage arrangements for the younger sister.

    May Allāh give us taufîq to respond to and remedy their needs.

    Abu Hurairah narrates:  Rasulullāh salallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

    'The one who looks after a widow or a poor person is like one who strives in the way of Allāh, or like him who performs prayers all night and fasts all day.' (Bukhari)

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