New Delhi: As Covid-19 began gripping international locations one after one other in early 2020, unprecedented measures had been being taken the world over. While lockdown, social distancing, and quarantine had been the preliminary measures to cease the unfold of the novel coronavirus, pharma firms began to work on the Covid vaccine in expedited mode, as governments tried exhausting to make sure a large public outbreak is averted at any value.
Every nation had its personal problem, and India’s was to maintain its massive inhabitants beneath lockdown throughout this world pandemic.
With scorching spots popping up right here and there within the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, all eyes had been on Dharavi — a slum space in Mumbai with a high-density inhabitants who shared civic facilities reminiscent of public bogs.
But Dharavi managed to include the virus.
As the “Dharavi model” gained fame worldwide, there’s a story of how a bunch of Muslim clerics pushed the group to maneuver in direction of quarantine facilities and get vaccinated as hysteria and misinformation had been rampant.
In order to combat Covid, no rest was given for any sort of gathering together with religion-based. During this era in 2020 Ramazan was at its peak, so was the pandemic. Muslims weren’t capable of go to mosques to do their common prayers.
With isolation and social media as a daily device for spending time, paranoia crept in Dharavi’s Muslim group with murmurs of the lockdown being a curb measure by the present authorities to carry Muslims again from performing their non secular duties.
Dispelling this taboo and different misinformation, a bunch of Muslim clerics from Dharavi took it upon themselves to tell and educate the inhabitants by varied means. Enabled by the Bhamla Foundation, a small group of Muslim Clerics, popularly known as Maulvis, got the duty to take away the “misconceptions propagated by some political parties”.
Asif Bhamla, the founding father of Bhamla Foundation, informed ABP News: “The challenge was to bring the infected people to quarantine centers first and that could only be done when the leaders from within the community helped.”
He added: “There are many mosques in Dharavi and the local clerics have an influence. With mass prayers ceased, these Maulvis took the onus of reaching out to the community and do a door-to-door campaign spreading awareness.”
After the quarantine challenge came to an end, the bigger challenge was to get people from the Muslim community in Dharavi vaccinated.
Meraj Hussain, CEO of Bhamla Foundation, said people in Dharavi were misguided into thinking that the vaccination drive was against the minority population.
“I have videos where Muslims declared that they wouldn’t take the covid-19 shots at all. Adults were scared and thought they would die after getting vaccinated,” he said.
Misinformation was all around regarding the vaccine from the contains of the covid vaccine to the adverse effect it will have.
This fear was busted by the Maulvis who went around in Dharavi spreading the correct information. People listened to them as they not only talked about scientific measures involved in the vaccination process but also quoted Islamic Hadith (Prophet’s saying) in order to develop trust in the ongoing process.
Maulana Khalid Shaikh of Jama Masjid in Dharavi said “maulvis were shown a video first on the efficacy and the process of covid vaccines. How it is made and how it is tested. On being satisfied, we went door-to-door to explaining about its importance in the community”.
Maharashtra was hit hard during the second wave of Covid-19 and it is right now in mode to tackle a plausible third wave. Keeping that in mind, the “Dharavi Model” and the work done within the community by Muslim clerics with the help of the Bhamla Foundation become all important now than ever.
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