Posted By Veiled Muslimah on/at 5/25/2008 01:21:00 PM

Assalāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāhi Wabarakath,

I realise sometimes we don't truly appreciate what we have and then these 'reminders' pop up from places you don't expect and then you realise, the blessings from Allah subhanna wa ta'ala.

When I'm going in the Car, sometimes I look at the labourers working in the hot sun while I'm cool and cozy in my air-conditioned car. They work hours and hours, sweating and hot for a meager wage. They go back to small bunkers and don't even have proper living conditions while I come home to a house, family, food, animals.

My problems seem so minuscule compared to those labourers. While I worry about my clothes, or my exams or because of a silly reason, which may seem so huge at that time, it is nothing compared to what the Iraqi Women have to go through. Especially those who have to resort to prostitution or sell their girls to get food in their stomachs. Or those Women and Girls who have been raped in Iraq and Afghanistan. The torture, the terror and the horror they have to face, similar to what Abeer Qassim Hamza faced when she was raped, killed and burned. I shudder to think about what her last moments had been like, the terror and the helpless fear she must have faced while they did that to her, subhan'Allah.

Then you have the Palestinians, the terror those people live in and have been living in for so long. The Children are taught since kindergarten how to avoid bullets in School, while I went through a fun and loving schooling. The psychological impact that must have on them is awful. And more than 4000 Palestinians children have been kidnapped, shot to death and imprisoned by Israeli soldiers. In the recent Gaza crisis they were starved to death and had no food or water, while I almost have two to three dishes at home to choose from. I even have a choice in food, while there are those who go hungry and ultimately die.

And, subhan'Allah, how can I forget my brothers' who are imprisoned in the prisons of the Kuffar, especially in Guantanamo Bay? Their torture and horror is indescribable. They are put in small cages, without seeing their families or Parents. They are tortured brutally, their beards shaved off. Some of them have died because of 'harsh interrogation tactics', and it makes me weep. Allahul Musta'an.

Sometimes we have arguments at home among siblings or the family, but who doesn't? At that time they seem to big, but there are families out there who have Fathers who abuse and torture their children, families who don't love each other, who don't eat together or talk among each other. That silly argument which everyone forgets with the passage of time is nothing.

At least I don't go hungry, or have to search in dustbins for pieces of food, like the poor street children of Egypt, Africa or Pakistan do. I have a cupboard full of clothes to choose from, while there are those who stitch and re-stitch garments again and again because they have no other clothes to look through.

I was speaking to someone who went through a divorce, at that time it was very hard. But, recently, we heard a case of a girl who is abused, physically and mentally by her husband and subhan'allah, the divorce this someone I know went through seemed so trivial, because her husband was respectful and so were were his Parents when she was going through that divorce. But this girl we heard about, is beaten and kicked by husband, but she wont ask for a divorce because she has children.

Our lord has blessed us with so much, that no matter how much we try to thank Allah we will never be able to do so.

Sometimes we go through situations which to us, may seem extremely huge and tough, but in reality, they would be nothing compared to some other people around the World.

فَبِأَىِّ ءَالَآءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ

Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinn and men) deny? (13)

Ar-Rahman - Holy Qur'an

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redstar said...

Do you see the average person worse off in Muslim countries or in Western countries?

I see Western countries, where religion is far less important, taking much better care of their average citizens and residents, than elsewhere.

Veiled Muslimah said...

redstar, I think that is a huge generalisation. Suffering happens everywhere.

Aalia said...

Excellent reminder, Sis. Please check out my post I did a while back, it has a video clip so you might wanna either lower the volume (it has music) or scroll down the page and pause the recitation of the Quran. BTW Surah Rahman is one of my favourite surahs... it always makes me cry in the end :-)

zaytuna said...

Subhan Allah..
We tend to take all the blessings around us for granted.
May Allah ease the pain of those who suffer, ameen.

Jazaki Allahu Khairan =)

Veiled Muslimah said...

Aaalia, will check out that specific post inshallah. I went on your blog, I liked it. :)

Zaytuna, I know right... And there are times we forget and then all of a sudden are reminded. Ameen to your dua. Wa iyaakum. :)

Autonomous said...

This was such a post, may Allah bless you sister I'm so proud of you.

Veiled Muslimah said...

autonomous: Jazakumullahu khairan.

Amel said...

alhamdulillahu, allah has made my life so easy n comfortable. u made me cry sister

Amel said...

alhamdulillahu, allah has made my life so easy n comfortable. u made me cry sister

Veiled Muslimah said...

:*( I know, when I was thinking about it all, I just felt even the clothes I had were so much in excess, and what those people have is nothing, subhan'allah. Alhamdulilah aa'la kulli haal.

American Muslima Writer said...

Subhan'Allah thank you for this reminder. Every single person is above another in wealth and staus and every single person is below someone in wealth or status and we must remeber our place sometimes when we feel life can be difficult and look below.
Even something as simple as clothing and Shoes can be a blessing.

Ali said...

Absolutely beautiful post, thank you so much. I have been quite depressed lately reflecting at my life, but reading this it just makes me realise how selfish it is of me to do so. It also brought tears to my eyes reading again about the Mahmudiyah killings…

Veiled Muslimah said...

AMW & Ali, you're welcome. I think we all go through times when we become 'selfish' or feel depressed, as if everything around is gone wrong and that fate isnt doing us justice, i've realised in times like these when we reflect on the more unfortunate among us, we realise the blessing of allah subhanna wa ta'ala.

I'm glad to have made a difference. :)

Habayeb said...

masha'allah sis, gr8 post.Very nice reminder.

Veiled Muslimah said...

jazakiallahu khairan :)

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