Lesson in selflessness
SEVERAL newspapers have highlighted the good deed of retired Port Shepstone Muslim businessman, Suleman Bux, looking after young Raymond Zondo’s family while he went away to university to study in the hope of securing a better future for his family.
Bux, who owned a supermarket, gave them a monthly hamper of groceries. Zondo promised to repay him one day. Today, Zondo is South Africa’s Deputy Chief Justice and no perch was too high for him to remember his promise.
When he tracked Bux down, his reciprocal pecuniary measure was humbly declined by the bearded benefactor who said, “He did what he had to do”, and hoped Zondo will do the same unto others.
There are many Muslims like Bux around the world but they are still ostracised and portrayed as basilisks because of the actions of others. We need to move away from such branding. The Holy Qur’an is full with scriptures about compassion and giving to the needy. Bux is the epitomé of such teachings, putting them into practice.
Let the unflinching selflessness of this servile individual be a lesson to all who hate and hoard. His is a heart of giving, without taking back – the height of service to humanity. Let it be an eyeopener to the Sparrows, Kriels and Slades of this world whose actions manifest in hatred. KEVIN GOVENDER