In the middle of devastating news coming from Turkey and Syria, rays of hope flicker in as a 9-year-old Turkish boy paid a visit to the Red Crescent to donate his pocket money to the earthquake victims.
Alparslan Efe Demir was heartbroken when he saw the destruction caused by the two powerful quakes in southeastern Turkey and Syria on television, TRT World reported.
The boy moved the Red Crescent employees to tears with the letter he wrote for the earthquake survivors.
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“I was very scared when there was an earthquake in Duzce. I had the same fear when I heard about the earthquake in many of our cities. That is why I decided to send the pocket money given by my elders to the children there,” he said.
“It is okay if I do not buy chocolate here. Children there should not be cold or hungry. I will send my clothes and toys to the children there,” he said in his emotional letter.
The earthquake hit at 4:17 am, followed by aftershocks as large as 6.4 and 6.5 magnitudes respectively only minutes later, leaving about 8000 people dead across both Turkey and Syria.
It has caused extensive damage across multiple cities and towns. Currently, ongoing rescue operations are taking place on the ground in a desperate bid to save lives.
A video shared by TR News Agency showed a Turkish owner of a grocery emptying all shelves in his market to be sent to areas affected by the deadly earthquake that struck southeastern Turkey and Syria on Monday.
The video, shared on Tuesday, showed teams of volunteers emptying the shelves. Later on the video, all shelves were seen empty.
In Islam, generosity is greatly loved by Allah SWT and those who give to help others shall receive infinite reward from their Lord – be it in this life or the Hereafter.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve them of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement.”