As India battles against the deadly second wave of Covid-19, stories of human sufferings continue to surface on social media.
But, amidst the grim news that has become part of our daily lives, instances of strangers coming together to lend a helping hand have also surfaced online.
Like this story of Asad Ashraf's friendship with Anis bhai.
Journalist Asad Ashraf took to Twittter to share his story of how, while looking for a ride to juggle between the two different hospitals housing his mother and father, respectively, he found more than a driver - he found a friend and a shoulder to cry on in auto driver Anis.
When I was juggling between two hospitals, attending my father and mother in shifts, there were no cabs ready to move around hospitals, relatives naturally wanted to take precautions and remain connected on phone, I found an auto driver Anis Bhai, a god sent angel.#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/KuutnaTVER— Asad Ashraf (@Asad_Ashraf88) May 7, 2021
When Ashraf, unfortunately, lost his father, it was Anis who stood by him. And it was Anis who continued to accompany him, daily, as he went around searching for medical supplies, including oxygen, for his mother. As Ashraf puts it, Anis' auto was his "mother's lifeline".
Anis' kindness turned him from a stranger to someone Ashraf today refers to as a friend forever. And Ashraf's story helped Anis get donations worth ₹30,000 from anonymous sources.
Many people took to Twitter to celebrate Anis bhai and his kindness:
Do you also cry when you read such stories on your timeline ? May Allah bless Anis bhai ❤️🙌🏽 https://t.co/0kYCdwWqS2— Reena Abbasi (@reenaabbasi) May 8, 2021
Anis Bhai, you're a prayer in human form. https://t.co/qf0uPYd1F0— Sonali Prasad (@sonaliprasad07) May 7, 2021
Ordinary ppl like Anis Bhai are now a lifeline in this apocalyptic situation. They are the ones who deserve public awards. https://t.co/hvFQp59Dfz— Prof Priya Deshingkar (@priyadeshingkar) May 7, 2021
These are the REAL heroes ... coz they are not doing all this good work for recognition & fame (or politics) but out of the goodness of their heart!! God bless!— Darshan’s Assertions🖌 (@Sayanikudi) May 7, 2021
Heart wrenching! May Allah reward Anis Bhai for his selfless efforts. More power to you Asad bhai, for keeping at it despite so much loss and pain. Sending prayers for the fastest recovery of your mother.— Anam Khan (@burgerrkhan) May 7, 2021
No fancy words.— Brandy Kaur (@brandybruja) May 7, 2021
No dramatic flourishes.
The simplicity is piercing.
It is stories like these that remind us, when it comes down to it, humanity is the only religion that matters.