He Provides Selfless Service to the Dead #WATWB


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Some 19 years ago, Ayub Ahmed was going to Gundlupet in a KSRTC bus to purchase a car, the driver stopped the vehicle near Bandipalya where a crowd had gathered around a dead body lying on the road. Ten hours later, when he was returning to Mysuru in his new car, the body was still there. A policeman standing near the corpse said he could not find anybody to shift the body to the morgue. That was the first unclaimed body Ahmed had buried. Ayub Ahmed

In an interview he shared, “When anybody buys a car, they take their friends or relatives on a drive. But I transported a dead body to the mortuary in mine,” Ayub Ahmed

Shifting unidentified and unclaimed bodies is not a coveted job. But 38-year-old Ayub Ahmed, not only shifts such bodies voluntarily to the mortuary, he also takes them to the burial ground and lays them to rest after the police declares them unidentified and unclaimed. He transports dead bodies in his own vehicle. Interestingly, he does not charge money from poor people. Along with recovery of dead bodies, Ayub also performs the last rites based on the identity of the deceased. Ayub has performed the last rites of thousands of dead bodies where relatives are nowhere on the scene. He has been doing this selfless act since the last 19 years and this has earned him the name of ‘Body Miyan’.

Ayub’s work survives largely on donations. However, he is content with what he gets and does the best he can with the resources at hand.

What I like about this real life story is the selfless service by an ordinary man, his motivation to help others in need without the thought of receiving any reward or repayment in return. It is one thing to drop some money into the bowl of a homeless person; it is quite another to devote one’s entire life to volunteering for such noble causes. Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person. And Ayub is doing just that by helping the dead pass from this world with respect and dignity.                                                                            WATW Turquoise Badge 320 x280 White

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28 thoughts on “He Provides Selfless Service to the Dead #WATWB

  1. Dying itself can be an undignified process if you have a slow and lingering death. And to die unloved, unwanted and abandoned must be the worst kind of way to leave the world . No praise is enough for the selfless task that Body Mian is doing .

    • True! How sad and tragic it must be to have no one around you when you leave this world. Ayub is doing a commendable job of giving these abandoned people the respect and dignity in death. Thanks for reading, Sunita!

  2. What an inspiring story. Such a kind and compassionate person, giving respect to those who he knows cannot pass it forward – maybe they ensure it’s passed forward for him into the next life. Thank you for sharing the good news, Shilpa.

    • Well said. Ayub is indeed a shining example of selfless service. Hopefully the good he us doing, comes back to him!! Thanks for dropping by and writing for this edition of WATWB, Norah!

  3. Such kindness and compassion – and to continue to offer this service for 19 years! There is much to praise and be grateful for, and I’m glad you brought this story to our attention.

  4. very courageous and daring is Ayub, one needs a lot of strength from within to do this kind of work. May God bless him for the good work; and thank you for sharing shilpa.

  5. What an amazing gem of a person gifting the world and changing it through his unconditional selflessness and love. So good to know about him today, thanks for sharing this story Shilpa!

  6. Amazingly selfless. There are many people like that out there but we seldom hear about them in the din of ugly news. Ayub is creating some wonderful karma for himself and probably inspiring a few others to do such gestures themselves.

  7. Hi Shilpa – what a wonderful story to read about .. Ayub is indeed a selfless and thoughtful individual – the people he allows to transition must be so blessed and can be at peace. He too will be at peace – all the people he meets and sees are blessed to be a part of his life … amazing! Cheers Hilary

  8. It’s amazing that such people exist. And kudos to you for sharing news about such heroes with the rest of us. As they say, selfless deeds are the best. And I hope Ayub finds happiness always and stays blessed.

  9. It takes real love to bury a very poor person who has no one to thank you. Ayub must have a truly profound love for the dignity of people in their life and in their death. May his story be told long after he is buried with dignity. Thanks for sharing, Shilpa, and for all you do for our WATWB community. It is a delight to have you with us.

  10. Such selflessness is commendable for this is not a very palatable job. It takes a lot of heart to do this and 99% would shirk from taking on something this charitable. Hats off to this man and thanks for sharing his story Shilpa!

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