Faysal Quraishi is preaching the true spirit of donation drives, which is altruism. He wants people to donate in private. Call him old fashioned, but he’s not supportive of documenting donation drives on social media.
Right now we have a countrywide lockdown to flatten the curve of the spread. Many people have been gathering donations to hand out money or ration bags to wage workers. Plenty of other people living in poverty that are out of a job due to the lockdown also benefit from these donation drives.
Yet despite this being an act of altruism, we are often seeing a lot of people sharing footage of their donation efforts, turning it into somewhat of a publicity stunt for some.
Here’s what Faysal had to say about this:
“Khudara imdad karty waqt picture ya video na bnayien (For the love of God please do not take pictures when making donations.)”
The Muqadar actor reminded us that we’re not supposed to donate for the five seconds of fame online.
“Kuch ayese loug hain jo majbori ki waja sey yeah madad hasil kar rahien hain ..logoon ki majbori ko publicity stunt na bnayien ..aur yeah waqt bari zalim cheez hey (There are people receiving help out of helplessness. Don’t turn their vulnerability into a publicity stunt,.. time is a cruel thing)”
Khudara imdad karty waqt picture ya video na bnayien kuch ayese loug hain jo majbori ki waja sey yeah madad hasil kar rahien hain ..logoon ki majbori ko publicity stunt na bnayien ..aur yeah waqt bari zalim cheez hey
— Faysal Quraishi (@faysalquraishi) March 31, 2020
Most Netizens agreed with the Haiwan actor. They even shared examples of how people really have turned donation drives into publicity stunts.
Faisal Bhai ap ye pic dekhay zara.. 💔
— بسماء🌻 (@AfridianGirl_) March 31, 2020
People discussed how donations should be made in the spirit of altruism.
Thaq kaha sir apne wse to ap agr kse ki hlp kry to apne ak hat se dosry hat ko bhe na pth chaly…
— Babar Nawaz (@babarnawaz94) March 31, 2020
Very true! Aur pic banwa kr agay likh rahy hain k ye hm dikhawa ni kar rahy… sochen
— Samreen Khan (@Samreen12276786) March 31, 2020
The need to respect the dignity of those in need was also elaborated.
True. While giving donations always take care of people's self respect. Because time passs but regret left. Please help others secretly 🙏🙏🙏🙏
— nareen khalid (@KhalidNareen) March 31, 2020
— Chaudhary Ali Hamza (@iamalihamxa) March 31, 2020
Even if that is not their majboori we should not do this, this wont be counted as an act of kindness. Because it’s matter of God n us.
— Arpna nihal🦩 (@Dr_Nihilistic) March 31, 2020
Fast-bowler Muhammad Amir agreed with Faysal Quraishi.
Very true Allah kare ub inko samj b aye k is message ki faisal bhi
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) March 31, 2020
Actress Zarnish Khan also agreed.
I can't agree more!
— Zarnish Khan (@XarnishKhan) March 31, 2020
Singer Amanat Ali also shared Faysal Quraishi’s opinion. He also asserted the need to keep the anonymity of those receiving the donations.
“I don’t understand one thing – when celebrities donate something or do something for the less fortunate, why are they always facing the camera?”
He added that according to Islamic teachings, the true spirit of altruism is anonymity.
Religious teachings say when giving a donation, don’t even look the needy in the eye. And here, the entire world is made to watch,”
We suppose what he’s trying to say is that if kindness is exercised out of altruism, you don’t need credit for it. Self-contentment is all that matters.
On the other hand singer Natasha Baig disagreed. She defended the need to document donations on social media, saying it serves as an inspiration for others.
If celebs just shared that they’re supporting donation drives without sharing pictures of the needy, wouldn’t that serve the same purpose? After all, that’s how Feroze Khan, Anoushey Ashraf and Nomi Ansari went about it.
They encouraged their followers to follow suit, but without making a display of the people they helped.
Making a public display of the people you donate to is both insensitive and unnecessary. What do you think about Faysal Qureshi’s take on the matter?