[The time of] their account has approached for the people, while they are in heedlessness turning away. (Surah Al-‘Anbiya, 21:1)
It was just another day, or so we thought. A lazy and warm Saturday. My family had decided to execute a no-tech day. It simply implies that we would stay away from all technical gadgets that day. As is the obvious repercussion, we were sitting together and sharing a conversation.
The earth shook. When my father announced his chair to be shaking, my mother (yet to feel the tremors) told him that he perhaps was hallucinating. It was only a few seconds later when our bed started moving, we became still. We sat there with panic in our eyes, watching the table fan as an indicative to distinguish between reality and hallucination- as long as that was swinging, the tremor was continuing.
Immediately as it stopped, we turned on the TV and the news was all over. Alhamdulillah, just a little later my sister sent me the above verse from Surah Al-Anbiya.
This is perhaps the fourth earthquake that I have experienced in the last six years. I remember, how rare they were earlier. The first 17 years of my life, I do not recall having experienced even one. I have lost count of how many I have witnessed as a citizen of this world.
May Allah ease every person affected by this calamity. May they be rewarded for such trials, may their hearts turn towards Allah. Ameen.
There are so many things you ponder in such vicissitudes. You consider yourself lucky to have been saved. You count your blessings in true sense. The very facts that your life is saved and limbs are intact are more than enough to make you thankful, no matter how short-lived.
Fear prevailed for a very long time as people fastened their belts to be prepared for aftershocks. That day I truly prepared to pray as if it was my last prayer. I kept thinking what if there are aftershocks when I am sleeping and the building collapses! Audhubillah. Indeed, Allah is Al Hafeez, Al Muqeeth –The Protector, The Sustainer.
“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe’.” (Qur’an, 14:7)
As I woke up the next morning, I realised the opportunity I have been given to live. Did the people who climbed Dharahara towers in Nepal have any idea that the famous monument will collapse just the very few seconds they were inside it? On the other hand, I think about those who must have exited it a few minutes back or were planning to enter it a few seconds later! Were they not saved with precision? Only Allah controls when you have to be called. It is but ignorance to delay turning to Allah to a future date. The house in which you are sitting might collapse just as you are reading this sentence! May Allah protect you and guide us.
My father and I were having a discussion over my career this morning. Very amusingly, he was explaining me how important it is to position ourselves well in our career in a job which makes us happy. It is only then that we will be able to face all adversities in life with a proper spirit. Otherwise we will despair. He explained how everyone has been placed properly in this world- just as God wanted him to be. How the earth has been placed with absolute perfection and even a change in one degree in its angle with lead to destruction.
Alhamdulillah, I heard him with a smile and though he was implying all this in a different direction, I could not stop thanking Allah for putting earth in this perfect angle 🙂
“He is the One Who has made perfectly everything He has created: He began the creation of human beings with clay, And made his progeny from a quintessence of the nature of a fluid despised: But He fashioned him in due proportion, and breathed into him something of His spirit…”
Quran 32:7-9 (As-Sajdah, the Prostration)
Ever wonder how tiny humans look when we are in an aircraft? We are weak, insignificant and heedless. Yet, we have One Allah who takes care of each of us. We humans despair seeing these calamities. Yet, we do not turn to Allah upon imagining the destruction that will be on the Last Day. Audhubillah.
Every thing, with the most minute details, that happens in our lives is absolutely non-random. We need to sit back and find our way to Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Indeed, He is the Most Merciful and Most Forgiving. No matter how much we have failed Him, it is only as His slave that we shall find complete solace In Shaa Allah.
May Allah ease all your affairs. Salam(peace).