A labourer in Jodhpur has proved that you need not be very rich if you want to do charity. All you need is a big heart.
Shakur Mohammad, a 62-year-old who works as a daily wage labourer, had acquired six plots of land for Rs. 4,000 way back in 1984. Now, he has donated three plots of land valued at over Rs. 1 crore at current rates for setting up a hospital, a madrasa and a masjid and is to donate another plot for establishing a diagnostic laboratory.
Each of these plots is of 150 square yards worth Rs. 25 lakh each at current rate. Mohammad has given the remaining two plots to his two daughters. He first donated a piece of land around two years ago for setting up a small hospital in his mother’s name on which the then Jodhpur mayor Rameshwar Dadich constructed a primary health centre there at a cost of Rs. 40 lakh.
“After donating land for the hospital, I became very satisfied and happy,” Mohammad said.
“Since then I started this exercise of donating land. Though I am uneducated, I want children of my community to study and so I donated another piece of land that I owned for setting up a madrasa and work is going on there now,” he added.
“I am trying to construct a masjid on the third plot for which I seek donations as I do not have funds,” he said.
As he is short of funds, he himself doubles up as a mason — besides his normal work as a daily wage labourer — to construct the masjid. Wearing torn clothes and a worn out mojari (Rajasthan-style shoes also known as jootis) and with uncombed hair, he toils for hours daily. “I am not going to stop here. I am going to donate a fourth plot to the government for setting up a diagnostic laboratory. Talks are on with the government in this regard,” he said.