Sunday, January 04, 2009

Our Wake Up Call

Every now and then something happens that wakes us from a somnambulant state and forces us to see the world around us.
Sometimes it is a personal tragedy: the death of a loved one, the sickness of a friend, the dissolution of a marriage that was deemed idyllic.
And other times it is the rumblings of the world around us which tell us, all is not right.
This may manifest as natural disasters, societal discord, epidemics, etc.
What does it take, though, for a collective stirring, a wake-up call for the masses?
Does life have to smack us personally in the face before we take notice of suffering around us?
Too often we feel insulated and removed from the incident. Too often we feel lethargic, apathetic. So often we feel that when the television goes blank, so follows the world.
But lives continue to be destroyed; children are killed, or orphaned, or hungry; people are praying with their last breaths for their family's safety; and we, we sleep on...
But try as many may to ignore the suffering of those whom some even consider insignificant, it will come back to haunt them.
Indeed, it will come to haunt us all.
For, although the hand may remain complacently still, the heart is indelibly imprinted upon, and will circulate the bereft mothers' cries into an empty night,
until no one is left sleeping.

God help us to help; help us to care.


NBQ said...

Indeed. But the question is, what will be do/be in the aftermath?

Carly said...

The aftermath, I fear, is going to be so many more anguished mothers and fathers with a feeling of no hope...

NBQ said...

Yet it is amazing the defiance I hear from bereaved mothers and fathers on tv interviews... subhanAllah, those who face this no longer held back by or think in wordly measures... but the measures of the hereafter.
ولاتهنوا ولاتحزنوا وانتم الاعلون ان كنتم مؤمنين
ان يمسسكم قرح فقد مس القوم قرح مثله وتلك الايام نداولها بين الناس وليعلم الله الذين امنوا ويتخذ منكم شهداء والله لايحب الظالمين
2:141-139 وَلِيُمَحِّصَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَيَمْحَقَ الْكَافِرِينَ

"Do not ever lose heart, and grieve not, for you are bound to prevail if you are truly believers. If a wound hath touched you, be sure a similar wound hath touched the others. Such days (of varying fortunes) We give to men and men by turns: that Allah may know those that believe, and that He may take to Himself from your ranks martyr-witnesses (to truth).and Allah does not love the unjust. And that He may purge those who believe and deprive the disbelievers of blessings" (2:139-141)

The Prophet (P.B.U.H.) said: "If the child of a person dies, Allah says to the angels: 'Have you have taken the soul of the son of my slave?' The angels say: 'Yes, our Lord.' Allah tells them: 'Have you taken the fruit of his heart?' The angels reply: 'Yes, our Lord.' Allah says: 'What did my slave say?' The angels reply: 'He praised you, and said we all belong to Allah, and to Him we return.' So our Lord, the Most Powerful, and Most Majestic says: 'Build a house for my slave in Heaven, and name it the house of praise.'" (narrated by Tirmidhi)

The women once told Prophet Muhammad: "The men have the advantage in your company over us, so make a day just for us." The Prophet said: "Yes." So the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) came to them one day, and he advised them and talked to them. And from among the things he told them was: "Any woman among you who has three of her children die before her, this will be a barrier for her from the hell-fire." So one woman said: "What about two children?" The Prophet said: "Yes, and two children as well." (Bukhari)

Carly said...

Hey NBQ,
Jazzak Allah khair. :)