STORY OF ARSHAD ALI
Young Arshad Ali is the son of
a small-time shopkeeper who sells footwear in his native town
in Maharashtra. Arshad had a problem right from birth –
his skin would often turn blue. He also had a problem in walking
and his growth was far from normal. The child was receiving treatment
in a local hospital, but it did not help. The problem was serious
and the child needed major heart surgery. Where was the poor shopkeeper
to go for that kind of money?
In desperation, the parents turned
to the only source of comfort they knew – Allah; and Allah
responded too! One day, one of the residents of that town who
had been treated for a heart ailment in Swami’s Hospital
in Bangalore, recommended that Arshad be taken there.
Arshad was taken there and the
gates of Compassion opened wide. First, a thorough checkup was
performed, then a date for the surgery was set; after that came
the operation itself - everything absolutely free. Does the outcome
have to be described? Does not Arshad’s photo taken after
the surgery say it all?
We hail Swami by all the
Divine Names known, including Allah. And Bhagavan says: “Call
Me by any Name but do so with Pure Love.” When we do, He
does respond, as happened in Arshad’s case.