Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Attribution to God


On one of those rare instances where the TV is actually tuned to an adult program, I got to catch last Sunday's 60 Minutes. Can you imagine my delight when it was on the "Hudson Miracle"? I mean, what a great story! An interview with Sully, the captain, certainly would be captivating!

And I listened to him, charming man that he is.

I listened to the crew.

I listened to those passengers who almost didn't make it.

Did I miss something? I wish I could watch it one more time. Maybe I didn't hear. Maybe my often talkative son distracted me.
Or maybe the editing process took it out of the interview.

Where was God?

I really didn't hear anyone thank God.

Sure, they thanked each other and hugged and cried tears of joy at their survival. And that's really nice to see; happy people who made it through an unimaginable hell.

But who brought them through?

It wasn't the pilot.

It was God working through the pilot.

Now, the pilot has a hard time sleeping at night. I don't doubt it. When we don't thank God and attribute our blessings to Him, our minds can't really rest. Plus, it allows the evil eyes of envy to start working on us.

Today, see how many times you can thank God. I mean, hopefully there is no accident in the hours ahead but maybe there is something simple.

Like...

a smile from someone you missed, or

a child feeling healthier after a brief illness, or

finding money (even if it's only a penny), or

hearing good news, or

getting that parking spot close to the entrance, or

feeling the weather warm up, or

YOU TELL ME!

Or better yet, tell God. Give thanks to God. This is all from God. Alhumdulillah.

6 comments:

Safiyyah said...

Salaams Sis:

Right?!

Sometimes people even blame God :(

Safiyyah said...

Salaams Sis:

Me again :)

I am watching them on Larry King Live right now. They are saying that they attribute the Miracle to "luck" and "doing our jobs."

Ya Allah.

Isma said...

Subhanallah, you know I was thinking the same thing as I followed this story. They're praising "Sully" the pilot like he was the savior. It's a great survival story; but it's very sad to see people very unappreciative to God.

Anonymous said...

Did God want the people in the Buffalo airplane to die yesterday then?

Yosra said...

Asalamu Alaykom Sisters,

Glad you feel me.

Asalamu Alaykom Anonymous,

Quick Answer: Yes!

Long Answer: Everyone of us has a beginning and end known to God.

Within our lifetimes, we are given many blessings. When our blessings are done--when every little moment and goodness has been given---then we die. It's not a moment before or a moment after the appointed time. There is no cheating a human being by having them die because there is no, "before their time."

Famous story which circulates of a construction worker who fell to his death...only he didn't die. He stood up unharmed much to everyone's amazement. Everyone thought he had, "cheated death."

To celebrate, lunch was on him. He was going to buy sandwiches for everyone. He went to cross the street and was killed instantly by a car.

Why didn't he die before? It wasn't his time.

Why did he die doing something so ordinary? It was his time.

None of us know our time. If we did, we would go crazy. Those people who died (and may God forgive them their faults and accept them into Paradise)did so on the exact day they were supposed to.

Our lives are finite. Prepare for death now. How? By living the best you can. Only God is infinite. Pray to God that your life is worth your life. Ask forgiveness of God for whatever wrongs you did and don't do them any more. Tell those you love that you love them. Show charity to people in need.

Those people who died don't have another chance to be better. You do. We all do. Alhumdulillah.

Safiyyah said...

Alhamdulillah Yosra. What an excellent explanation, Masha Allah! Everything is by the permission of Allah (swt).

This even pertains to Gaza, Alhamdulillah. And Darfur. And the Holocaust.

Knowledge that Allah (swt) is the Supreme and can do what He wants is what places the Muslim heart between hope and fear.

As to Buffalo, at least New York's Governor mentioned God while being interviewed about the tragedy.