Ramadan and people living with HIV / AIDS

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The residents of Darul Ukhuwah performing the fardhu maghrib prayers at their centre in Jalan Tempinis, Kampung Tengah, Puchong, Selangor. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / Malaysia Gazette / 26 MAY 2019 HIV / AIDS
The residents of Darul Ukhuwah performing the fardhu maghrib prayers at their centre in Jalan Tempinis, Kampung Tengah, Puchong, Selangor.PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / Malaysia Gazette / 26 MAY 2019

By Syahril A. Kadir

PUCHONG – “We know that we have committed big mistakes in our lives and we are being ‘punished’ in this world. However, even Allah accepts the repentance of his servants, why do we humans continue to show us with insults?” said Adam (not his real name), a private sector employee who was diagnosed with HIV several months ago.

It started with common fever and cough and he was only diagnosed to be infected by HIV after a blood test by the hospital.

According to Adam, he was in an open relationship with gay men he knew through the social media.

He was shunned by his family after the diagnosis and he decided to stay at the Darul Ukhuwah shelter home by the Al-Ijabah Foundation in Kampung Tengah.

There are about 40 residents at the shelter who shared his fate. They learn about religious teaching and they were sent to the hospital for their routine medical check-ups.

The residents of Darul Ukhuwah performing the fardhu maghrib prayers at their centre in Jalan Tempinis, Kampung Tengah, Puchong, Selangor.    PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 26 MAY 2019 HIV AIDS
The residents of Darul Ukhuwah performing the fardhu maghrib prayers at their centre in Jalan Tempinis, Kampung Tengah, Puchong, Selangor.
PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 26 MAY 2019

“We often see that the people loves contributing and visiting the orphans during the Ramadan. They were being celebrated during the breaking of fast. They get new clothes and such.

“There is nothing wrong to that but please do not forget us, who are fighting for our lives. We may or not be still around during the holy month next year,” he said in tears.

Meanwhile, another resident Kamal (not his real name) said that not all who are living with HIV/AIDS were infected with that deadly disease by to their wrongdoings.

Taking himself as an example, he was contracted with the disease after being involved in a fight with a drug addict not long ago.

According to him, the addict attacked him using a syringe exposed to the virus.

“I still remember, he came from the back. He poked me on my neck with a syringe on his hand.

“I became ill very often after that. After being examined and running a blood test, the doctor confirmed that I have been contracted with the virus, believed to be from the syringe.

“Although I had a good career, I decided to stay here. I learn a lot here, especially about religion. However, I can’t contain my sadness as the people living with HIV/AIDS are often insulted. Some are even afraid of shaking our hands, as though we can spread the virus by touching them,” said Kamal.

The Chairman of Skuad Pengurusan Jenazah Malaysia, Ustaz Rafieudin demonstrated the way to handle the dead body in a programme with the residents of Darul Ukhiwah in Jalan Tempinis, Kampung Tengah, Puchong, Selangor.    PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 26 MAY 2019 HIV AIDS
The Chairman of Skuad Pengurusan Jenazah Malaysia, Ustaz Rafieudin demonstrated the way to handle the dead body in a programme with the residents of Darul Ukhiwah in Jalan Tempinis, Kampung Tengah, Puchong, Selangor.
PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 26 MAY 2019

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Skuad Pengurusan Jenazah Malaysia (SPJM), Muhammad Rafieudin Zainal Rasid said, the community should not shun people living with HIV / AIDS although some of them have committed mistakes in their lives and they were infected by the fatal virus.

Due to that, the SPJM decided to go visit Darul Ukhuwah, meet the residents there and hold the breaking of fast, including a course on handling dead bodies with them.

“We wouldn’t know that perhaps we or our family members may be contracted by the virus in the future. Therefore, don’t ever insult or shun them.

“They may have failed by worldly measures but they may not fail in the afterlife, InshaAllah,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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