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Unkind criticism upset pilgrims

17, May 2017 By shakeel ahmad

KANPUR: A group of Hajj pilgrims felt painful at the sharp words experienced by them at Mecca. The scorn and the authority in the voice were palpably bitter. As they rummaged around for buying the dates at a reduced rate through the bargain, the Arabian retailer retorted them badly. Consequently, they felt very uncomfortable. What was said by the seller was not bearable to them. What made him be so rude could be another reflection. But using the words like orphan and poor for them were quite piercing at the moment. “It was those pointed words of the salesman about them”, said the upset middle-aged pilgrim of the group. He narrated this account during the course of conversation at a social gathering. He described this matter in a relaxed way. For him, it was definitely not a good experience at the time of his pilgrimage.

Although he uttered this narrative in a cheerful mood yet his tone had the pain tolerated by him and others on the unkind criticism. They thought how had the Arab referred them as yateem (orphan) and miskeen (poor)? We used to spend so many amounts of money on the Hajj pilgrimage. Despite this, we are identified as poor and orphan by the richer Arabs. It can be only inept confusion. It might be surely driven by the superiority complex. What often goaded them for pouring scorn has perturbed these pilgrims. The disdain or the contempt is more often flayed by the pilgrims as an incorrect conception. When other pilgrims also hear of this matter, they coincide with this point. Relatively everything in our earthly life is inspired by the circumstances. We are frequently told about the Arabs’ self-absorbed tendency.

Recounting his stunning experiences of the previous year’s pilgrimage, the older bearded person further pointed out how had he and others surprised at the discernment? He narrated how a date seller’s observation surprised every pilgrim of the group. We willingly stopped at a shop for buying tasty dates in larger quantity in the holy city of Mecca. We only thought if we would purchase a large quantity, the rate will be reduced. This idea came into their mind simply because of their inherent indigenous habit of bargaining. The Arabian seller suddenly hollered at them without caring of their requests for the price reduction. It was graceless for them. They were totally startled at his observation. What they listened undeniably shocked them immensely. They never realised of such harsher response.

They were for a split of a second dumbfounded. They remained in a state of utter cataleptic condition. If they were spending about two lakh rupees simply on the airfare to reach this holy place, how could they be categorised as poor and orphan? Why does linger such an erroneous perception about us? How pathetic it was! Were we not right on recourse to bargain, we would have been saved from this scorn, they perceived. A disgusting observation made their position so miserable. How can a poor or orphan go for pilgrimage when this duty is aimed at the moneyed Muslims? Arabs’ finicky attitude turns sour. Their emotions got hurt intolerably following such admonitions, as they told. When the petroleum treasure was not unearthed in Saudi Arabia, the Indian pilgrims during their stay at Mecca felt their obligation to donate amply. Such accounts from our forefathers used to be narrated. Yesteryears’ big-heartedness of country’s pilgrims appeared to be useless before the Arabs’ scornful stance. How far their disdains are justified?