Fasting Muslim man donates blood, breaks fast to help Hindu

Guwahati: Often Muslims across the world are looked down upon and it also surprises people from other religion to receive free help from a Muslim.

The beauty if Islam is also to help others in need for the sake of humanity.

This incident is surely an example of it where a twenty-six year old Muslim man Md. Panaulla Ahmed broke his fast to donate blood to a needy person who happens to be Hindu.

Resting after his ‘sehri’ (pre-dawn meal) on Wednesday morning, Ahmed a ward boy noticed his roommate Tapash Bhagawati and operation theatre technician upset.

Tapash who is also an active member of voluntary blood donors- Team Humanity received a call the previous night about a patient needing two units of O positive blood where the patient’s family had already tried hard to procure but has no success.

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“I asked him what the problem was and immediately offered to donate my blood,” says Ahmed who works with Tapash at the same private hospital in Guwahati.

When Ahmed offered help Tapash was not sure to accept his help as he was fasting and that would weaken him if he donates blood.

“I had got negative responses from many before Ahmed offered. I was happy, but didn’t want him to break his fast. But he was adamant,” recalls Tapash.
The patient was a 50-year-old businessman from Assam’s Dhemaji and was undergoing treatment for the removal of two tumours in his stomach.

“I consulted some ‘maulvis’ (Muslim religious scholar) who encouraged me to go ahead with my plan but advised not to continue with the fast if I felt weak,” said Ahmed, whose blood group is B positive.

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“I donated one unit of blood, which the hospital kept in their blood bank and they released a unit of O positive blood for the patient. Once I was done, I had to break my fast and eat something,” Ahmed adds.

The patient’s family was more than happy receving ahmed’s kind gesture and yes they were surprised too.

“We are very thankful for Ahmed’s gesture. I was very surprised to learn that he broke his ‘roza’ (fast) to donate blood. I was even more surprised when he refused to accept anything from us in return,” said Gogoi’s brother-in-law, Binod Baishya.

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