‘Seek the abode of the hereafter with what Allah has given you, without forgetting your portion of this world. And do good as Allah has been good to you. And do not seek to cause corruption in the earth. Allah does not love corrupters.’ (Surah Al Qasas 28, Verse 77)
My colleagues and I had to cover a distance of five kilometers on foot. Our transport wasn’t available that day due to the declared curfew and we had to return home walking in a group, on an empty street. It had been eight months since the Bahrain uprising and the on-going tension was still evident. The clash between the troops and the masked men would seldom erupt and people trying to escape would take shelter in nearby facilities. The Arab spring which started in 2010 had spread like wild fire in many countries within a year.
Each time they kindle the fire of war, Allah extinguishes it. They rush about the earth corrupting it. Allah does not love corrupters. (Surah Al Ma’idah, Verse 64)
On that particular day, a sudden curfew was declared by the local authorities and all those who were away from home had to make arrangements to reach home or stay at a friend’s place. As for us, the van which was supposed to drop us back home was stuck in another area, and so here we were trying to cover the area where these fights could start again. I never really understood whose fault it was – who were the people to be blamed. Each side had their own story to tell. Though all of it can be true or false or half the truth – those facing the side effects are the actual sufferers. It is the sad truth about a war zone area or a country facing civil wars – the only people who matter are the ones who didn’t choose this but suffered losses.
‘I still remember being forcefully dragged of a bus and beaten up,’ informed one of my colleague. ‘Why did they do that?’ I enquired. ‘Because they have the power to do it,’ he added plainly. I was shocked to hear that. Another colleague had a different story to narrate. ‘My friend works in the armed forces and was burnt during a clash. He suffered third degree burns and is still recovering,’ she went on.
All I could think was – How do these people, whoever they are, however powerful, forget that their deeds are not going unnoticed and that every act is recorded accurately to be presented infront of the Lord of the Universe.
Your Lord best knows the corrupters. (Surah Yunus, Verse 40)
The discussion went on and just as we got completely engrossed in it, a gunshot was fired. We froze and everything went quiet. We looked at each other, ‘it was a gunshot,’ alarmed one of our colleague. ‘We should take the longer route,’ he suggested. We were about to enter the same lane where the gunshot was fired as it was a shorter route. Subhan Allah.
I am glad, we were in a group and had each other during this situation. Had the gunshot been fired a little later than it was, we would have walked right into our end that day. But, there are no ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ to any situation. What happens is the ultimate truth and so here we were taking the extended route and leaving the group one by one, hoping and praying that we reach home safe. As I entered my house that day, I was relieved and narrated the incident to my family. I was living with them back then.
In a way, we all were glad to be safe and secure from all harm that could have befallen us during this crisis. My family too had their own story to narrate. My parents were asleep when a sudden blast woke them on the morning of 14th February 2011. They still recall the empty streets, restricted communication and uncertainty that followed the incident. All praise to Allah (swt) and his infinite power, Bahrain was one of the least affected countries. The clash was between the State and the rebels and neither harmed civilians or destroyed property – atleast not on-purpose.
Do not corrupt the earth after it has been put right. Call on Him fearfully and eagerly. Allah’s mercy is close to the good-doers. (Surah Al Araf 7, Verse 56)
But there were countries which were destroyed – people displaced and suffered heavy loss of life and property. I often wonder about the end result of those responsible for spreading chaos on earth and the reward for those who merely become a target to these evil schemes.
That abode of the hereafter – We grant it to those who do not seek to exalt themselves in the earth or to cause corruption in it. The successful outcome is for those who guard against evil. (Surah Al-Qasas, Verse 83)