Pakistan’s Poverty in Pictures: Painfully Heart-Rending and Humbling

بسم الله الرحمَان الرحيم


Al-Bukhari reports from Usamah ibn Zayd [رضى الله عنه], that the Prophet [صلى الله عليه و سلم] said, "I stood by the gate of Paradise and saw that the majority of those who entered were the poor and wretched. The rich (Muslims) were detained, while the people of Hell were ordered to be taken to Hell".

[Sahih Al-Bukhari, Kitab Al Riqaq, Baab Sifat Al-Jannah wal-Naar, Fath al-Bari, 2/345]

Dec-05-06-2009 -man sleeping on roadside

For the poor, pillows, mattresses, blankets and duvets are a luxury, not a necessity.


The trash we get rid of, from our homes, is ceremoniously ploughed through by these paupers, who try to extricate any useful scraps from it.


Yes – this is a man asleep on the pavement in Saddar (downtown).


There is a satirical irony in this photograph, with that particular graffiti on the wall behind these youths.


When we handed over some leftover food to this boy, he immediately sat down to eat it.


That is sewage just below his feet on the road, but he didn’t seem to care.

poor man sleeping at night

For them, the pavement serves as a bed for a night’s sleep.

flower boy

Falling asleep “on the job”. 


Someone gives out free food in our neighborhood, for which the poor line up like this, opposite Zamzama Park’s main gate.


The poor kids enjoy some cricket while they wait for ‘lunch’.


It looks like simple lentils (daal) with naan bread.

Next time you have a meal with two or three types of meat at your dining table in an air-conditioned room, you’ll realize how fortunate you really are!


  1. Not just not able to eat, but having a roof over ur head , having a place to call ur own and also … having necessities 24/7 ! .. Many don’t have that luxury

  2. The cruel and ruthless capitalist and feudal system in Pakistan is responsible for all this, Now a revolution must take place

  3. Its our duty that we should do anything about to end this topic.Because poverty ratio in pakistan is increasing in every day even every moment.

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