We are amazingly carefree and heedless. Although, day in and day out we see and hear countless mishaps around us. The news is filled with more accidents and calamities than any good news of reconstruction, rehabilitation, repair or development.
It is possible that the news covers most of the exciting and attention seeking part of the happenings like unusual things, crimes, and alarming events and does not focus much on the calm and serene good things that are also there. But still, as we take a look around us we mostly see people having various problems in life. We hear of people dying either of natural calamities, accidents or murders. The picture comes out to be quite negative. Throughout history we have been shown a big picture of wars and destruction and wiping out of civilizations. And still, today, right at this moment while I type this sentence, hundreds of thousands of people in various parts of the world are going through great difficulties and pain. Some are dying in the hospitals or on the streets, some are going through immense pain of various kinds, some children are being tortured, some women are being abused, some men are been exploited, some people are dying of hunger, some are homeless or jobless and are finding life one miserable thing to carry on with.
Throughout the world there is some or the other kind of calamity going on, natural or imposed.
People don't just die of hunger or illness they also die of the cruelty and heedlessness of those in power.
Whatever the scene may be, we are here at the other end watching, listening to or reading these mishaps.
Do we feel secure that all this could not happen to us?
Did the girl who was molested ever thought that it could happen to her?
The person who was murdered did ever imagine that one day he would die that way?
Those who were wiped out due to floods, earthquakes and Tsunamis did even dream that their life would end like that?
No one is secure. No one should feel secure of the unwarranted mishaps that might take us away in seconds.
We recently heard of the Muslims of Burma who had been persecuted by the Buddhists just because they are Muslims. They fled in boats and were stranded at the sea for days. Can we understand their plight?
No, because this is something that we have not witnessed with our own eyes or have been through it.
If we are at a position where we sit in the comfort of our offices or homes, enjoying peaceful and seemingly secure life, we must not become heedless of the chance that we might also suffer something that can cost us our lives.
How can we feel 100% secure when we do not have power over anything?
We take things too lightly and do not want to burden ourselves with the overwhelming thought of accountability and vulnerability.
Those who talk of sensitivity, care, consciousness and a conscience that is constantly aware of the fact that our life is just a matter of numbered breaths, are considered as "pessimists"or "negative"thinkers.
We should be constantly aware that the One Who has power over all things, the One Who has created us and this world, has the power to shake us up if He sees that His slaves are not behaving well. Or this might just be a test for the believing ones.
As mentioned by Allah in His noble Words:
"Then do you feel secure that [instead] He will not cause a part of the land to swallow you or send against you a storm of stones? Then you would not find for yourselves an advocate."Chapter The Night Journey Sign 68
The point I am trying to make is that one should not live a heedless life. One should not see the mishaps as things happening on the other side of the world which is far from me. They could not happen to me. I am healthy, doing fine, living comfortably so I am quite safe-this is true and we should be thankful for it! But the way to thank God for keeping us safe is to have a heart for those who are not safe and never to feel secure from the Power of the Creator Who is Ever Watchful over us.
"Do you feel secure that He who [holds authority] in the heaven would not cause the earth to swallow you and suddenly it would sway?"Chapter The Sovereignty Sign 16
This earth, that we inhabit, is a Creation. It is controlled by God. The inhabitants of this world are humans; intelligent and responsible beings. When they become heedless of their purpose here, the Almighty has all the Power to remind them and His ways are known to Him alone. He can give respite to anyone He wants and He can be quick in punishment for anyone He Wishes.
"Or do you feel secure that He who [holds authority] in the heaven would not send against you a storm of stones? Then you would know how [severe] was My warning."Chapter The Sovereignty Sign 17
So, let us not live a life of heedlessness and be conscious of our vulnerability as a mere creation of the All Powerful, the Almighty God.
Let us be humble and always think of a larger purpose of our life and our existence,
our purpose and our goal of life,
should be larger than life itself.