It warms our hearts when we read stories of people who are making Qatar more beautiful with their simple acts of kindness. And these actions, no matter how simple or small, can make both the doer and the receiver happy. Because in many ways, a small act of kindness can change a life, and in some ways, can save lives!
Read the story of this Bangladeshi driver who is providing free rides for people who donate blood, because once in the past “he was able to save lives” by donating his blood.
Arif: My name is Mohammad Arif Hossen. I am 25 years old. I came from Bangladesh.
Arif: I am an Uber driver. I have been living in Qatar for 6 years now.
Arif: In 2014 when I was in high school, my elder brother called me and said a pregnant lady needed blood. She was undergoing an operation and was losing blood. I remember I was studying for my final exam but I rushed to the hospital.
After two days, the family of the pregnant lady told me that I helped save two lives. I won't forget that moment. I cannot explain the happiness I felt at that time.
Arif: I believe that everyone should help one another. I know that many people come to Qatar to make a living and have many responsibilities back in their home country. If people want to donate blood to help save a life, I will also help by driving for them for free. I have been giving free rides since last year for my customers who are donating blood.
Arif: I will try to help people in my simple way until my last breath.
Arif: If I save enough money from my work, I want to build a 'Home for the Aged' in my country. Even if it's a small home for a start. It's still my dream.
Arif: I have three messages.
First, if they want to donate blood but have a problem with transportation, they can call my number.
Second, I hope people follow the rules of this country.
Third, let us all respect people working in the medical sector because they help save lives and they are helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you so much to our follower, Juma Hamadi, for telling us about Arif's story. Juma in an email said:
"I requested an Uber taxi and I met my driver Mr. Mohammad who had come to pick me up at Asian Town, Industrial Area. While boarding his vehicle, I noticed something that touched my heart and felt the need of writing about it. There's a poster pinned on the head support of the seat, headlined I Love Qatar and below it, the content was if anyone needs to donate blood he offers a free ride. I asked Mr. Mohammad why he is offering such services and he replied that everyone needs a helping hand. This is what we need in this world. It's not always about receiving, but about giving back. I am a regular blood donor and I admire his noble act."
Cover image credit: Mohammad Arif Hossen
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