Today was a very learning day. And it was a good thing (Alhamdulillah) that I ignored the whispering of the nafs ... ''Oh it's too hot outside! How will you drive this far!" ..and the like, and went to the Astaghfaar (asking forgiveness from Allah) program arranged at the Institute where I had taken the Quran course for 3 months.
It was actually REALLY hot outside, and my car ride was miserable because of it. But anyway, the trip was well worth it because the speakers were great, and the dua was passionate. One of the speakers was a lady who had been to the camps set up for the flood victims. She narrated pretty horrible stories of the poor people, and what they had to go through - and even now, their aazmaish (trial) hasn't abated; they're still in pretty much troubled area - where fighting for food is common... so much so that even when this lady's team distributed prayer mats once, there were huge fights over it. And the painful irony is, that out of 100 people, only 2 or 3 would know how to pray!
The second speaker talked about Surah Anfaal - and I'm going to quote here, because I think it's really important to keep these things in mind.
Well, when the azaab (calamity) strikes, it strikes everybody. Not just the perpetrators.
It was very awakening :(. We were told that the flood victims now need rashan (food items) as well now, as the initial stock is drying up! May Allah SWT Help them, and Help us do osmething for them. I hope I can volunteer - there are quite many camps in Karachi now, and this is much more accessible than, say, Muzaffargarh...
So summing up: I learned that:
1. The flood victims need our help and support even more now, that the winter is approaching.
2. Just blogging about the issue isn't enough. Some real action is needed.
3. The poor people don't even know how to pray, some basic deen education is also needed. And is being imparted...
4. We really need to pray for Dr Aafia Siddiqui. Her sentencing is tomorrow. And even though there are all the odds pointing towards a life imprisonment, I'm still hoping and praying for a miracle to take place, and her to come back home to her kids. Ameeeeeeeeen.
5. If we don't wake up now, we're going to be surrounded by even more aazmaaishes - as if enough isn't happening now. We were shaken in 2005.. we didn't wake up. We were shaken with milder earthquake... Balochistan. We didn't wake up. And now the floods and extreme injustice especially in terms of bloodshed... is taking place. What ELSE can go wrong here, I shudder to think about.
So please... (me first, then you)...