Are we as a society responsible for Shoib’s death?

Screen grab of Shoib’s last video

Umran Hussain

A young boy from South Kashmir’s Kulgam yesterday uploaded a video message before committing suicide.

The now-deceased man, clearly mentioned that financial problems pushed him to take the extreme step. Shoib was upset because according to him, his father, a teacher was not paid his salary since two years.

His death due to suicide undoubtedly created a media storm and Social media users started building up the narrative of goverment failing to adress the issue of his father, which could have saved a life today.

The hyperventillating social media users missed an important point while shooting a barrage of comments as to how this tragedy could have been averted because of governments’ timely intervention.

Yes, the tragedy could have been averted if our BaitulMaals, local social welfare committees, local Awkaf committee’s could have intervened.

The unaccounted money amassed in our crazy rich religious institutions and religious places has never come to rescue of our poor and needy.

Our local BaitUlMaals are never used for the purpose they are supposed to serve, barring a few.

Social media is flooded with posts and pictures of the rich who donate lakhs of rupees to build a golden minaret for a mosque. We always hear stories of our brave rich who donate money for the installation of AC’s in our mosques because not withstanding the scorching heat in a place that never surpasses 35 degree Celsius temperature, we find it important to install an AC in a mosque where we hardly spend half an hour for every prayer.

So far as goverment is concerned, it follows the procedure, a longer one everytime though, but the goverment institutions are duty bound to follow the rules and in this case nobody knows hitherto as to why the salary of his father was not released for two years.

The percentage of population living in rural areas in Jammu and Kashmir is more than 72 percent. I found it imperative to mention rural population in Jammu and Kashmir, because people in rural areas live like a family, they keep the knowledge of every happening in the village, they know how the poor manage their chores and feed their families, they even know the recipe every household is about to relish in their dinner.

Being such a closed community how can our eyes overlook a family that has been through such a financial stress since two years. How the heads and responsible treasurers of local BaitUlMaal’s and Awkaaf committees managed to skip the agony and ache of this family.

And there is reason why we should not blame the goverment for such tragedies because being a Muslim majority place we have been ordained to help people like Shoaib.

Narrated by Syedana Abu Huraira: The Prophet said: “The best charity is that which is practiced by a wealthy person. And start giving first to your dependents.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari) Volume 2, Book 24, Number 507.

Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu alayhi wa sallam). He said:

“Whoever relieves a believer’s distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will rescue him from a difficulty of the difficulties of the Hereafter. Whoever alleviates [the situation of] one in dire straits who cannot repay his debt, Allah will alleviate his lot in both this world and in the Hereafter. Whoever conceals [the faults of] a Muslim, Allah will conceal [his faults] in this life and the Hereafter. (Muslim)

There are myriad of questions that we need to ask ourselves.

Umran Hussain is a blogger and works for The Kashmir Radar as an online Editor. He can be reached at umranhussainkr@gmail.com

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