A rich beggar
This is regarding the story “A rich beggar” by Dr Qudrat-e-Khuda (YW, May 27). I disagree with the writer’s view completely.
There is no denying the fact that begging has become quite a profitable profession these days. Particularly, in the month of Ramazan as people support this practice and give away a lot of money to beggars. Our religion strongly emphasises hard work and not begging. So we should discourage begging and find the deserving people to give alms to.
I disagree with Dr Qudra-e-Khuda’s views in the story “A rich beggar” for a couple of reasons. First the story shows a beggar who saves money but still begs … the question is why was he begging if he had enough money that he finally made a fortune out of it?
Our religion teaches us if a person can afford to have even only one time meal then he cannot beg, while in the story, the beggar is shown to have been a great saver!
Secondly, the rich person who faced downfall only because he didn’t give anything to the beggar was quite right about the fact that one hardly sees a true beggar these days.
There are scores of beggars at every signal, market or street, most of them professionals and not real ones. Some put fake bandage, fake plaster and fake makeup to look like a burnt victim so that people sympathise and shower money on them.
This is deceiving others and money earned by lying and deceiving is a big sin.
I think we should not give money to these beggars; instead we should give money to poor families if we know of them or to the community/welfare centres.
I am a student of the Inter College in Tump, Balochistan. My college does not have teachers for economics, Urdu and science subjects and nobody care about this.
This situation is very unfortunate for us as we are suffering greatly.
It is my request to the concerned authorities to urgently facilitate our college with teachers, so that we students can also study.
Fida Zaman Baloch,
Ramazan — the blessed month
It is sad to see people fight for nothing and abuse each other while they are fasting.
Fasting is not just to abstain oneself from food but also from telling lies, fighting, using foul language, etc.
We fast because we have to learn patience and how the poor live without any food in their tummies.
Unfortunately, all I see is people filling their dining tables with various food items at iftaari; the question is what have we learnt in keeping a fast, do poor people have piles of food at the end of the day like we have? It means we haven’t learnt anything, it is just the duty we are doing and not really learning the true message of Ramazan.
Published in Dawn, Young World June 17th, 2017