3/17/2011 09:26:00 AM
By: Muaz Nabil
Assalamualaikum wbt and good mornig everyone,
The whole Japan today are combating a battle with the destructive force brought by the 'nature' (so called by the 'westerners') about 7 days ago. Earthquake and tsunami. As they are struggling to cope and make a comeback, 'nature' brought another weapon at the destructed area, snow and cold weather. It probably will take some time for them to win this battle. Expert opinion predicted that it could take as long as 10 years to bring everything as they were before. In some places, probably never.
Since the first day of the tragedy, i'd been following the live news from CNN, BBC and some other sources such as newspapers, blogs etc. I always find that following 'natural disaster' interesting. I am amaze by the scale and the kind of thing happened. For me, it was a reminder and at the same time, you can try to imagine if something were to happen during the end of the day. As a Muslim, we believe that Allah SWT created something for a purpose. Even in such a disaster like this. I don't want to go into the debate about 'why HE did this is he were the most merciful etc' because then it will be out from my initial reason when writing this. If you want a good explanation about that, feel free to watch a short video by Dr. Zakir Naik.
At the moment, a nuclear plant is becoming a nuclear time bomb. You probably know in detail about this thing. In short, all the 3 safety plans that supposed to contain the explosion had failed and now they are preventing what is worse to come. All are because of earthquake and tsunami. As a human, we planed for the best. In the end, it was HE that determined everything. But the point here is that we have to be prepared and don't just rely on nothing. We have to plan and work towards it and remember that at certain point, we might need to change it accordingly. The backup is a must.
Amid the chaos at the moment, some people are starting to rebuild their life. What struck me the most is to see how they can do it in a very orderly manner. Very beautiful indeed. Normally, after every disaster, all that we can see are pictures of people 'fighting' against one another for the free stuffs. The flood in Pakistan and Bangladesh, rice truck accidents in Malaysia, 2004 tsunami in Indonesia and so on. However, the scenes in Japan is totally different. All we can see is that people are helping each other to cope with the tragedy. More stories could be read here.
20 years of my life, I haven't seen anything like this. After any disaster, all sources that I read from tell me that people struggling for themselves. However, since a week ago, another unfamiliar scene came out from Japan. After seeing this, now it all makes sense that they could recover very fast after the 2nd WW. And is you visited the link above, we can see that the Japanese were able to practically applied the theories that we were thought as a human especially as a Muslim. Be kind to others and not to only think about ourself. It doesn't just stop at individual level but even companies.
We talked a lot about creating Muslim individual, Muslim family, Muslim community and all the hierarchy up to the Muslim governing the world but so far, very little have been shown to the world when it comes to the practicality. The Japanese probably has shown us how we shall behave as a community and if you think closely, the only thing that they lack is Islam itself. If not, they probably would be the best Islamic Nation in the world. So, what are their secret? Care to share your thoughts? Maybe those friends who is in Japan at the moment or who have been there could share their thoughts or anyone who have read something about the Japanese would like to share something? ^___^
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.