One tragic incident and the septuagenarian Mohammed Sharif was transformed from an ordinary cycle mechanic to the good samaritan of Faizabad. It all happened when his eldest son, Mohd Rais Khan, died in mysterious circumstances in Sultanpur district—some 60 km from this small town of UP’s Awadh region. A month after he disappeared, the police handed over to Sharif a packet containing his son’s clothes and watch. Overwhelmed with grief, Sharif gradually gathered courage and decided he would do his utmost not to let anyone else suffer death in anonymity. "I decided to take care of all those abandoned by their families or left alone with no one to look after them in difficult situations—be it an accident or a terminal disease." In fact, Sharif has lost count of the number of people he has helped in the last 15 years.
This old samaritan’s day starts at 5 am when he goes to the district hospital to give a wash to all those patients who have no attendant or family member to look after them. He feeds these patients and assists the nurse in giving them medicines as well. Doctors say Sharif has become an integral part of the hospital. And they often depend on him to take care of those patients who have no relatives or friends to turn to. Once he’s done at the hospital, Sharif turns to his own work which earns him his livelihood—repairing cycles. In the evening, after closing shop, Sharif is back at the hospital and stays there till late in the night.