I am a traveler who has toured many countries across Europe, visited Gulf States such as Dubai and Qatar and spent time in India too. I have read various articles about cleanliness in the newspaper and have personally experienced its fruits too. While traveling, I usually use the public transport as it gives me the opportunity to meet people from various countries and be exposed to multiple languages and cultures. This helps me understand the nature of people and the environment.
Presently, I am in Kuwait and I have travelled different places of the country. I have come to the realization that the public transport is the only life line to travel from one city to another. During my bus rides, I have noticed that people are preoccupied with their devices and barely pay attention to those around them. I see people are chatting on their mobiles, speaking loudly on their phones, listening to music and are hardly bothered with who is coming and going. Here people are wrapped in their own worlds.
Another problem I notice with the public transport service in the country is that none of the bus stops indicate name of location or where you are. Moreover, very few drivers coordinate and help you.
My intention is not to criticize anyone, but to help people understand the importance of a friendly environment and cleanliness. As I have said before, I have travelled across many countries, but have not found a similar environment and behaviour of people to the pathetic state I have seen here.
‘Cleanliness is next to godliness’ is considered as the most important aspect of our life even ALLAH says in the Quran ‘Cleanse your garments and keep away from all pollution’ (74:4) and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “at-tuhuru shart ul Imaan” means ‘cleanliness is half of faith’ (Muslim).
Despite the tenets of religion, there are a vast majority of people of different nationalities that discard their garbage wherever and whenever they are struck by the desire. People throw garbage behind their seats, in between the space, and the litter piles up to coat every inch of the floor, giving a very messy appearance. Some garbage is so old as even the buses authority are least bothered to ensure the hygienic conditions of the buses.
Another issue I would like to touch on is the failure of some car owners to look after their cars; I have seen many cars on the road covered with dust and the drivers are not concerned. I would like to suggest to the authorities that some fines or penalties are put into place on such vehicles, so that people will take better care of their possessions and everyone can come near to the phrase ‘Cleanliness is next to godliness’.
By Muhammad Imran