A simple stitch less cataract surgery makes this man stitch together his dreams again!
Rahmat - it is not just any other word that you may randomly come across. It is a collection of letters. Which add up to translate into blessings, kindness, mercy and even prosperity.
And for Rahmat Ali, a third generation tailor from Parwaha, it has a divine meaning. He believes his name is God’s way of showering him with ‘Barkat’ or the blessings of prosperity and abundance.
It is ‘naimatain fazal’ or God’s blessing for him. The meaning of the name was one of his most significant ways of relating to God.
When he was diagnosed with cataracts, he believed his good ‘karam’ or deeds and duties would bail him out.
Moreover, when the widower came to us, his belief deepened.
Many of his villagers had been here for eye operation before. They came to know about the existence of such an endeavour through our outreach team’s efforts.
Some had heard the rickshaw announcements. Others had got to know through the advertisement leaflets. Many had our co-workers as neighbours and acquaintances.
A good number of people bumped into patients who had attended our eye camps in Parwaha earlier.
The benefited villagers say they are doing better after the corrective surgery/ surgeries.
They are trying to pull themselves together and take charge of their lives. They are trying to rise above poverty and despair and providing for their family.
All this went a long way to help him muster the courage.
Leaving his apprehensions behind, he came to us and later underwent surgery.
So the sexagenarian was thankful to his fellow villagers but more than that he was grateful to God.
He believed his ‘sawab’ was what had brought him to us. In other words, the revival of vision in his right eye was a result of his spiritual merit.
The cataract removal operation was a reward.
It was a reward that accrued from his performance of good deeds and piety over the years.
Now the 65-year-old tailor wants to show ‘rahmat’, mercy and kindness, to others. He wants to weave a story of faith, positivity and good ‘karam’. He wants to inform as many cataract-affected villages as possible about Akhand Jyoti.
This, he thinks, will lead him to more ‘sawab’ and will bear testimony to his allegiance to God.
He also opines the revival of vision will alleviate poverty from the state. The work-life balance will improve relationships and standards of living.
There’s another thing that Rahmat Ali wants to do.
He intends to go to his tailoring shop and open it once again. The gap has been extended and devoid of any practice.
He has already resumed sewing at his home. He believes he still has it in him. Born into a family of tailors, sewing is not just a profession for him.
It is his passion and the window to his creativity. He thoroughly enjoyed his work before and can’t wait to start again.