Sahar, New Age Islam
It had been
raining since early morning, and I was just about to get down to some work when
I heard a squeak.
“Squeak! Squeak! Squeak!” it went on and on.
I stepped out into the backyard and spotted a
baby squirrel—perhaps just a few days old—which seemed to have fallen down from
its nest in the rain and wind. There it
was, lying helpless, hungry and shivering.
I could not spot its nest or its mother.
The baby needed immediate attention. I called
up a wildlife rescue team, put the baby in a box, and headed towards the
centre, where it could be picked up, taken to the hospital and treated for any
injuries and stress and fed well.
As I held the box with the squirrel kid
inside, I thought about its mother’s anguish, the pangs of separation from its
child. I asked God to help the mother squirrel and relieve its pain and prayed
that He would unite the kid and mother soon.
When the baby squirrel was finally taken to
the hospital by the rescue person, I felt happy that it would be taken care
of. But at the back of my mind I was in
a gloom. The news about the attack on a social club in Orlando, Florida, on
June 11 by a Muslim, which had resulted in grievous loss of life, had been
My mind kept going back to the people who had
died in the attack and those who had been injured. They, too, had someone back
home—fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, relatives, and friends, who would be
grieving their loss.
I headed towards my office, planning to do
some work. But I simply could not focus. I shut my eyes and went into
reflection. What had happened in Orlando was serious murder, murder of
humanity, murder of human values, murder of basic human rights of people and
their right to live. My inner voice told me that while condemning the attack
was important, we also needed to look within, to go inside within ourselves as
individuals, and, more than anything, turn to God for help, beseech God to
guide us to and along the path of peace, and ask God to cleanse the world of
the rot of radicalism and extremism.
Prayer, Prayer And More Prayer. There Is
Nothing As Powerful As Prayer.
Ramzan is meant to be a month of mercy,
forgiveness and tranquillity. I wish Muslims all over the world who are fasting
will make use of the precious moments of the time before breaking their fast at
Iftar to pray earnestly to God to heal the world, to help those in
distress, to guide the world to the straight path, to save the world from
terrorism and all other evils, to bring peace, and to give solace to those who
have lost their dear ones in the recent terror attack.
Some days ago, I had sent out a picture
depicting little “Ramzan Lanterns” of light and joy in my greetings to my
friends from different faiths, wishing them peace. The lantern represents good
cheer and hope. I trust God Almighty will keep the light of this lantern
shining bright in our hearts, so that we spread positivity and peace all
I dedicate a lantern of peace to the grieving
people of Orlando, as a symbol of solidarity with the victims of the terror
attack. I pray that God, who is so loving that He rushes to help a tiny
helpless baby squirrel in distress, will help the world become a peace-filled
place one day very soon.
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