Monday, May 15, 2006


Pakistan Made Me Think: 4

Friday 10th March 2006 - Post 2pm

Earthquake tremor at about 1pm.

Woke this morning and the imam at the local mosque was speaking about death. [This could be heard via loudspeaker].

Decided to visit grandparents at the family cemetry to the side of the village and mosque. And then as we were sitting in the veranda getting ready to pray the afternoon prayer; Zuhr - came the 5.5 after-shock of the October earthquake.

Have never felt so scared before. We ran from the veranda to the courtyard .. and sat on the floor. Felt the Earth shake from side to side.

[Lasted a few seconds] but felt like eternity.
La Howla Wa La Quwata Illa Billa.
There is no power no might except from God.

Yes - we're in Safe Hands.

.. feel very much overwhelmed.
Came inside and read Surah Zilzaal.

Poor Earth.

May the Protection of Allah Almighty forever stay upon us, Ameen.

As if someone held our house and shook it side to side.

Poor animals.


A second tremor and doors moving -

One realises that our only Refuge is God Almighty. He is the Best of Protectors.

As is evident I wrote this just after we experienced a tremor.. A very scary experience, which I haven't quite recovered from to this day. After this day any loud noise or movement appeared overpowering and reminded us of the tremor. I could never imagine what the victims of earthquake disasters must have gone through, and how the memories of such tragedies affect people for the rest of their lives. Spiritually, I could not accept for some time, why this had happened. Why? It is a very testing time for peoples' faith. Nonetheless, many experiences negative in nature are necessary for human beings to grow more in their human-ness.

Also see:
Background / Introduction
Journal Entry 1
Journal Entry 2
Journal Entry 3
Why I went away
5.5 aftershock? SubhanAllah. I can't imagine how you must have felt. Though we may question 'why', we may never know. So many aspects of our lives serve as tests, trials or reminders of who we are and where we're going. We need these experiences...wa salaam xxx
Yes definately true x x x x x

We just never will know why we undergo certain experiences.
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