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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correctly convert Rs. 25 lakh to about $33,000, not $330,000.
A pair of brothers in India reportedly sold their land to help those who are struggling to get by as the country remains in an extended lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tajammul Pasha, 40, and Muzammil Pasha, 32, put their land on sale for Rs. 25 lakh (about $33,000) and used the money to purchase food and other essentials for the community in Kolar, a district in the southwest Indian state of Karnataka.
The brothers bought rice, flour, oil, sugar, and necessities for infection prevention such as masks and sanitizers. They also set up a tent next to their house to serve as a community kitchen.
So far, the pair has helped more than 3,000 families. Everyone is welcome.
Two brothers from Karnataka, Tajammul & Muzammil Pasha, have sold off a piece of their property in order to feed ppl who were dying of hunger & deliver groceries to the needy.
Such stories of humanity, love & #kindness make me smile.
— Ali Reza (@Reza_Ali20) April 30, 2020
“Our parents died early. When we shifted to our maternal grandmother’s place at Kolar, people from communities, Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims helped us survive without any religious bias,” an emotional Tajammul said, according to NDTV.
Tajammul was 5 and Muzammil was 3 when they lost their parents. This forced them to move from Chickbalapor to Kolar and live with their grandmother.
While they grew up in poverty, the brothers said they survived largely due to the community’s help. Now, they run a banana cultivation and real estate business.
The brothers managed to sell their land to a friend.
“We have signed the society agreement bond and handed it over to our friend who purchased our site and gave the money,” they said.
Tajammul, a father of five, said that his first priority is to reach households that have no male heads, according to the Siasat Daily. Ration kits are sent to orphans, senior citizens and patients, while food packets are sent to inmates, hospital attendants, stranded commuters and workers who have lost their jobs.
Two other businessmen, Junaid Khan and Rajesh Singh, reportedly joined the brothers in their philanthropic work. Others also contributed in their own small ways.
Meet two brothers Tajammul Pasha & Muzammil Pasha from Kolar, Karnataka who sold land for Rs 25 lakh to feed poor, helpless people amidst COVID19 lockdown.
Both of them have started a community kitchen for labourers, and homeless people. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/4mCowuB4Ku
— Aarif Shah (@aarifshaah) April 25, 2020
India faced unrest earlier this year as Hindu nationalists and Muslims clashed over a controversial law that provided Indian citizenship to illegal migrants who had fled persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before December 2014.
Khaled Beydoun, an associate professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law — and a leading scholar on Islamophobia — praised the brothers for their act of kindness.
“Tajammul Pasha (40) and his brother Muzammil Pasha (32), were restless since the lockdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and moved by the impact it had on poor families. In order to feed those impacted by the pandemic, they sold a property and fed 2000 families,” Beydoun wrote in an Instagram post.
“Many of the families were Hindu and Sikh, Jain and Muslim. This takes place while Modi persecutes Muslims in India.”
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Tajammul Pasha (40) and his brother Muzammil Pasha (32), were restless since the lockdown triggered by the #covıd19 pandemic and moved by the impact it had on poor families. In order to feed those impacted by the pandemic, they sold a property and fed 2000 families. Many of the families were #Hindu and #Sikh, Jain and Muslim. This takes place while #Modi persecutes Muslims in India. #India #corona #hyderabad #goodnews #children #stayhome #asia
Feature Images via @Reza_Ali20 / Twitter