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Among people who have stepped out of their comfort zones to help the needy in the pandemic is Mujibullah Rehman, an 80-year-old coolie at Lucknow Railway Station, who is helping migrant workers carry their luggage, free of cost.
Working eight-ten hours each day, Mujibullah can carry 50 kg of weight. Calling it 'khidmat', he says that it is his duty to help the migrants and the duty is very "important".
Mujibullah, endearingly called 'Sufi Saint' by his co-workers at the station, has been diligently and patiently helping migrant workers ever since the Shramik Special Trains began operating.
Besides carrying luggage for free, the man also provides food and water to the passengers on trains.
He can earn money when things get better, Mujibullah says, but for now, he wishes to help those in need.
This is mujibullah— Hamza Siddiqui (@MohdHAMZASiddi1) May 29, 2020
Coolie by profession
Helping laborers at Charbag station by picking up carrying them
Refusing to take money
Saying that they are doing their work for free
No need for money you're in the furnace of the situation yourself
Walking 6 kilometers daily for this work pic.twitter.com/OaCcYCSZMf
"Hum unse paise kaise maang sakte hain jinko khud iski zarurat hain. Allah ne hume madad karna sikhaya hain. Hum wahi kar rahe hain, jab tak hum kar sakte hain (How can I ask money from those who need them the most. Allah has taught me to help others. I am doing just that, till the time I can)," Mujibullah told The Times of India.
Mujibullah treks six kilometres every day to reach the station and calls it his second home.
Name: Mujibullah— The Folks™ 📺🗞 (@thefolksteam) May 31, 2020
Age: 80 years, at the Charbag station Lucknow, free goods are being carried by the migrant laborers, when someone gave money, they started saying, brother, you are in so much trouble, you cannot take money from you. pic.twitter.com/DTzMJMcSEs
While he takes pride in helping the needy and considers it his duty, Mujibullah likes meeting new people. "I inquire about the arrival of trains and reach the station on time. In this way, I'm able to meet people too," he said.
Mujibullah's passion for helping those in need has struck a chord with people across the country and won the hearts of many.
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