A strong message from Islamic Scholar based on true life story.
In the story, he illustrated how he had been able to cope and survived for 40 years under quarantine.
He therefore urged the world to stay strong admidst the COVID-19 and the Lockdown imposition.
Read full story below:
“Imagine being in quarantine for 40 years– that’s the story of my life.
When I was 9, I woke up one night with a fever. Mom gave me pills and put me back to sleep, but the next morning when I tried to get out of bed, I fell! Thinking I was weak, she picked me up. But I told her, ‘Mummy, I feel like I don’t have legs.’
She panicked, pinched and moved them, but I felt nothing.
We rushed to the hospital where the doctor declared I was paralysed.
I didn’t understand what it meant, but mom broke down– it had come out of nowhere. So mom and dad hoped it’d go as suddenly as it came.
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Over the next 5 years, we ran from pillar to post, looking for a cure. We visited doctors and tantriks alike but nothing worked. At home, I depended on others for the smallest of tasks. I couldn’t go to school or meet my friends, which got to me, but my family struggled too. As I got bigger, it got difficult to carry me and I knew my treatment was affecting our finances.
So at 14, I told myself, ‘This is the life you have. You can either crib and make it worse or do something about it.’ So I did the only thing I could– read; books, newspapers, anything.
I couldn’t move a limb other than my hands or sit for more than 30 minutes– so school was a big no no. So, I’d read my friends textbooks. As they passed from one grade to another, I knew that one day, they would complete their education and get a job, while I’d still be at home, reading with no purpose.
For a long time, I felt lost and helpless. But when we moved houses, I found my life’s purpose. I was 23 at the time, and known as ‘quite the intellectual’. So one afternoon, when my neighbor’s tuition teacher didn’t come, they asked me, ‘Bhaiya, can you teach us math?’
I’d never taught before, but it seemed easy. I added some humor to make it fun and they loved it so much, they asked their tuition teacher to stop coming and asked me to teach, I happily agreed!
Soon, word spread and their friends joined. Slowly, my batches grew from 10 to 50 to 100. But I didn’t charge a penny from my students–teaching was my passion, and I earned enough by trading stocks.
Every morning, classes began at 9 AM and ended at 10 PM. It got to a point where I was teaching 1000 kids and while it may have driven someone else crazy, my students kept me sane! I believe that most learning happens through teaching and I don’t ever want to stop.
But unfortunately, my health hasn’t been great. My bones, lungs and heart have all turned weaker.
For the past few years, I’ve had to take it easy and reduce the batches. So now I create short awareness videos on Youtube on topics like ‘Helicopter Money’, ‘Jio’, and even ‘Covid-19’.
But lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about how difficult it’s been for everyone to be caged at home. But, take it from someone who’s always been ‘quarantined’– if I could come so far from within the 4 walls of my home, imagine how far you’ll go once you’re out. Stay strong.”
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