Indian-origin philanthropist and founding father of catastrophe reduction group ‘Present Of The Givers’, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman has gained the celebrated South African of the Year Award run by the Every day Maverick newspaper.
South Africans throughout the board voted for Sooliman, placing Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo in second place. Zondo heads the Fee of Inquiry into State Seize, which investigates fraud and corruption within the public sector, together with state organs.
Dr Sooliman, in his acceptance speech on the Al Quds Mosque in Cape City on Friday, referred to as on Muslims worldwide to have interaction in caring for all communities to alter Islamophobic perceptions.
Dr Sooliman began ‘Present Of The Givers’ after his non secular mentor in Turkey requested him to take action in 1994.
Since then, the charitable and reduction organisation has undertaken reduction work in additional than 44 nations after pure disasters equivalent to earthquakes in addition to helping folks in war-torn nations.
Apart from the Center East, Jap Europe and lots of nations in Africa, ‘Present Of The Givers’ groups have additionally assisted throughout pure disasters in India and Pakistan.
Relying nearly totally on donations and the compulsory ‘zakat’ tax paid by Muslims, ‘Present Of The Givers’ has supplied nearly 4 billion rand (USD 260 million) value of assist to drought-stricken areas, starting from cell hospitals, meals hampers, and digging boreholes.
The physician recalled how his non secular chief in Turkey had instructed him to determine the organisation ‘Waqful Waqifin’, which interprets to ‘reward of the givers’ from Arabic.
“My son, the Sheikh stated, you’ll serve all folks, of all religions, of all races; all colors, all cultures; all lessons, of any geographical places and of any political affiliation, however you’ll serve them unconditionally. You’ll count on nothing in return, not even a thanks,” recalled Dr Sooliman, who practises drugs.
“Once we go into an space to do our work, we do not have a look at their perception methods. Whether or not they’re Hindu, Muslim or Christians, no matter they might be, we do not go to be judgemental about anybody,” he stated.
“This award got here by South Africans who had voted throughout cultures, throughout religions, throughout individuals who should not have any religion too, however all of them have been prepared to vote for me,” Dr Sooliman stated this symbolised that individuals of their souls, assist goodness.
Dr Sooliman is recognised internationally for his works, successful scores of awards and accolades over the many years, lauded by South African and international heads of state for his organisation’s help throughout occasions of crises.
Dr Sooliman has additionally acquired Nationwide Orders, South Africa’s highest civilian honour, and earlier this yr was named Social Justice Champion by the College of Stellenbosch in Western Cape province.
Dr Sooliman stated if all Muslims believed in these ideas of caring for his or her fellow residents, it could go a good distance in direction of eradicating the scourge of Islamophobia and perceptions that Islam helps terrorisms.
Dr Sooliman denounced organisations which are inclined to assist reduction efforts solely in Muslim nations.
“We mustn’t say Palestinians solely; Syrians solely; Iraq solely; Afghanistan solely; like different cultures do not exist. We go to each space to see the identical ache, hardship and anxiousness that now we have. If you carry ease to that, they may always remember you and that Muslims introduced goodness,” he stated.
Dr Sooliman used the instance of a mosque in Cape City utilizing its services handy out Christmas parcels to the needy on behalf of the Present of the Givers.
“There could not be a greater instance of constructing relations,” he stated in conclusion.