Saturday, December 10, 2005

Are you cursed?

The October 8th 2005 earthquake in Pakistan was an unfathomable disaster. More than 73,000 precious lives were lost. But amongst all this gloom and doom - a bright ray of hope and life emerged. Pakistani nation rose up to the occasion in helping their brethren in distress. International community too supported wholheartedly.

Amongst all this was a debate that "why" earthquake occured. From the scientific - movement of the tectonic plates; to the metaphysical - God did it to them. What is really unfortunate is the fact that people actually say that earthquake occured due to the acts of people living there. That they were off the track of religion, were performing bad deeds and thus Allah punished them. I find this totally absurd.

Does it mean that the place where earthquake occured - people therein were corrupt, infidels, performed the worst possible acts? Is it a simple case of saints vs sinners? Does it mean that the rest of Pakistan which was not affected by earthquake; have angels residing. Am I good and they bad? this is the worst possible way of putting things.

The earthquake was and is a very strong test. Test for humans whether they come forward and help others in distress, do they open their hearts for them, do they help the affectees in every possible manner. Or whether they just sit and pass judgments on behalf of God certifying who is good and who is bad. Show humanity please.

[2:155]We will surely test you through some fear, hunger, and loss of money,lives, and crops. Give good news to the steadfast.

I dont like it when people say it like that. So I disregard it.

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