Today's Roza was very special. Had an Aftar invitation to the Calcutta Muslim Orphanage, a 110 year old institution housing almost 600 boys and girls who have lost their parents.
A modest building in Syed Saleh Lane houses the Boys Section (350 at present) with an inhouse mosque, madrasa (school) and infirmary. The children are taught not only religious and academic subjects but also vocational skills. The girls section is separately house where the young girls are taught basic skills and the orphanage even helps for arranging their match and marriage.
The aftar was sumptuous which included 'Haleem', a unique delicacy for Ramadan, fried food, fruits and sweets. It was a chance to share our love with those who are less fortunate, but perhaps more importanty, an occasion to thank Allah for the blessings that we sometimes take for granted.
These children are not weak. They do not want our sympathies. All they want is their Haq (right) to become what they are destined to be!