A Muslim in Bihar selected humanity over religious customs. The said Muslim broke his Ramazan fast for donating blood to an eight-year-old Hindu thalassaemic boy and saved his life.
Jawed Alam on Tuesday donated his blood to Rajesh Kumar in the district of Gopalganj, as informed by the district health official.
The boy was taken in an emergency to the Sadar hospital by his father. The patient had the complaint of weakness and restlessness and needed an immediate blood transfusion.
There was no blood matching available in the blood bank for Rajesh’s blood group. The blood bank said that it would take around two to three days’ time to arrange the required blood type.
The boy’s condition was not good and was deteriorating quickly. His father travelled some two hundred kilometres from the Kuchaikote area and was losing hope as he waited for the matching blood group to get arranged in the corridors of the blood bank.
It was at that time of helplessness that a hospital sweeper and cleaner told Anwar Hussain—a member of the District Blood Donor Team (DBDT) about this suffering child.
Hussain asked his friend Jawed Alam—an active member of the DBDT to immediately come to the Sadar hospital.
Alam said that when his friend requested him to donate the blood to the seriously ill thalassemia patient, he politely informed his friend that he is observing Ramazan fast.
He further said that his friend convinced him to come to the location. Even the doctors refused to take his blood initially as he was fasting.
He added that the doctors only agreed to take his blood if he would break his fast and consume some fruit juice and some solids, which the young Muslim in his thirties did.
Jawed Alam mentioned that his religion teaches him to help fellow human beings first, hence he broke his fast and donated blood to save the little kid. He added that Islam teaches that humanity is bigger than everything.
Thalassemia is blood disorder in which the patient requires a blood transfusion after every three-to-four weeks.