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Service to mankind? How about donating 60 litres of blood

God's favour through service to man

Srinagar: Forty-five-year-old Srinagar resident Shabir Husain Khan has been rendering service to people in distress ever since he was thirteen when he for the first time donated his blood to save the life of his friend. His blood group is O-negative and so far he has donated a total of 126 pints or about 60 litres of his blood to people who need blood transfusion. His father was a cancer patient and at the time of his operation he needed 20 pints of blood which he (Shabir), son of a poor father, somehow arranged at Rs 900 per pint. This was about 25 years ago when the value of 900 rupees would have been worth at least today's Rs 5000 or even more but even this could not save his father's life. Thereafter Shabir started donating his blood free to save the lives of people.

In 2004 when Tsunami had hit South India, Andaman, Sri Lanka etc, he spent 75 days there, donating his blood and rendering service for relief operations. He rendered the same services when his own state, J&K was hit by a severe earthquake in 2005 and also in 2010 when pitched battles between the youths of Kashmir and security forces had been going on intermittently for about four or five months, resulting in deaths of about a hundred and injuries to much more. He is a now a life member of International Red Cross and set up his own private organisation Ahl-e Bait Tahireen Charitable Trust in 1993 which has now 1500 members and has donated a total of about 2500 pints of blood. His humanitarian services were, however, neither recognised nor rewarded by his state government but (late) Mother Teresa in distant Kolkata did appreciate his services. She was impressed with his work and had invited him to Kolkata in 1988 when she told him the importance of service to humanity which according to the teachings of Islam and all other religions, is the way of seeking proximity to God and winning His favour and pleasure. Shabir's Charitable Trust is meant for rendering service to people and not for earning profits. So in addition to his humanitarian work, he has to work to feed himself and his family.

According to Greater Kashmir on August 16, 2010, paramilitary CRPF asked Shabir and members of Red Cross Society to get down from their vehicle when they were on way to SKIMS for blood donation. They were beaten to pulp without any reason. Shabir received multiple injuries in shoulder, neck, left arm and ribs.

Photo Courtesy Greater Kashmir

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 6

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