I came across a news item recently of a Pakistani-origin man who migrated to the United States in 2013 and set up a restaurant in Washington DC.
He ran his business there successfully and among his activities was feeding the city’s homeless people by providing free meals.
As has now become so common, his business, too, was affected by the infamous coronavirus pandemic and he was forced to close his establishment because he was simply unable to pay his staff and suppliers, among others. With it he had to shut down his free meal kitchen as well.
But just as he was about to declare bankruptcy, he thought of starting a GoFundMe page and ask for donations. He set up a target of $250,000 but within a few days, received $300,000, with patrons all over the city and beyond donating so that he could continue to keep up the charitable work he was doing.
As a result, he was able to not only fulfil all his obligations, he also restarted his free meal kitchen for the homeless and the needy. He even managed to expand his footprint to cover more people in need.
This shows us that good work never goes unrewarded and God thinks of ways to open doors so that those who do good are helped along their way. Charity is the key to success and happiness of everyone.
Helping the poor is therapeutic and psychological comfort for everybody, and scientific studies indicate that there is a direct relationship between behaviour and emotion.
Relationships develop the personality of an individual and make him communicate easily. Studies also indicate that sympathy and assistance are the same as nervous activities and when someone provides assistance to the poor, he must differentiate between the needy poor and the beggar. This is the only way to ensure that charity really helps, and goes to the most wanted.
I think it is necessary to highlight such stories and narrate them to our children at home and in schools. They set a wonderful example to follow and instil in the younger generation a sense of benevolence to help the needy and the poor.
Such stories are important to be rooted in the minds of children and more important than books and other topics that are far from reality.
There are many such instances but the most important thing is to choose what is appropriate for us. We must remember that humanity, and not religion, is most important. This man’s story is an example.
He worked hard to help the homeless and it was time for the Lord to reward him and direct his creation to provide possible assistance and to ensure the continuation of his work.
Let our motto be ‘love for goodness and good deeds’ and let us create a world dominated by love, peace and decent living for all.