DO NOT TAKE OFFENSE
He opened his eyes in pitch dark. . .he could feel someone wandering around. . .vaguely. . but he could not see. . .
He tried to recall. . . the last thing he could remember; his bed and everything around it had shaken with a strange humming sound. . . Everything was deliriously shaking. . . And then it was pitch dark. . .he could not remember anything else. . .
As if a moaning sound could be heard from a distance. . . As if one or more persons were mumbling. . . But he could not see. . . Then he could smell a discomforting odor. . he felt nauseated. . . He wanted retch. . .but he could not. . . He tried to lift his arm. . but it was as if his arm was not there. . . he tried to sit up. . .
He hit his head on something. . at that moment he was filled with fear. . strangely he did not know what he feared . . yet he was afraid. . .
The mumbling around him was becoming more evident. . .”what a pity” “How sad” were the words he could depict among the sobbing. . .then that thing over him suddenly was lifted. . . a dense light dazzled his eyes. . .
He was able to see his surrounding from where he lay. . .there mirage-like white silhouettes around him. . . he saw a white bearded face which knelt over him. . .this was a face he did not recognize. . . he looked around as to see someone he knew. . but he could not make out their faces from the place he was lying. . . the light was dazzling his eyes. . .but he was barely able to depict his wife’s face. . her lips were moving, but he could not understand what she was saying.
Then he saw the bearded face kneel over him again. . .he was wearing white clothes. . he was mumbling something he could not make out . . .
Suddenly he recalled everything. . .that nightmare of a night . .when everything shook. . the falling of the walls on him. . then a blinding darkness and a deafening silence. . . that terrible earthquake. . .
“That means, I was saved from those remains. . .” he said to himself. . . “That means I’m in a hospital. . . probably the white clothed person is a doctor,” he thought. . .
He was filled with indescribable emotions. . . he wanted to cry . . .but could not. . .
It was as if his inner corners had dried up.. . He wanted to speak . . .but could not hear his own voice. . .
He could not feel his legs. . .still he was filled with fear and despair. . .
“Probably” he thought . . .” I have lost my legs. . .”
“They had to amputate them, I guess. . .” he thought. . .
The mumbling around was increasing. . .”This abominable scent, I wonder where it is coming from?”
Just at that moment he was able to depict a known face among those surrounding him. . it was his father. . .
Suddenly he felt heart broken. . a strange sadness and regret filled his soul. . .he was not on good terms with his father for three years. . .he was not on speaking terms. . he tried to remember why he had been offended. . .but he could not. . .
“That means” he said to himself “it was today that I was going to be able to see him again. . .” since he had hurt him, disappointed him for reason he could not even recall. . . and had not even called on him in three years. . .he despised himself. . .
“Forgive me Dad! “ he shouted . . but he could not hear his voice emerging from his lips. . .
He was crying . . But his tears were not running on his face. . . It was as if his tears were falling into his soul. . . He was crying like April rain. . .suddenly he felt a chill. . .his back felt cold as if he had been lying on a block of ice. . .
He could not exactly depict those surrounding him from where he lay. . but the mumbling was progressively increasing. . then the mumbling stopped. . . The silhouettes stabilized. . .
And he heard a deep voice say: “ For the (deceased) man” (beginning of a prayer said at Islamic funerals)
And then everything was again pitch dark. .
Do not hurt your friends. . .do not take offense from them. . . you may not have time to become reconciled.
Let not those among you who are endued with grace and amplitude of means resolve by oath against helping their kinsmen, those in want, and those who have left their homes in God’s cause: Let them forgive and overlook, Do you not wish that God should forgive you? For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Verse 22, Light (Nur), Sura 24
MAY GOD BE YOUR BELOVED AND YOUR COMPANION
SHOWING THE WAY
(AKIN ÖRSMEN 10.11..2005)
* The Coranic verses have been taken from the Holy Qu’ran, A. Yusuf Ali, 1975 publication, Pitman Press, Great Britain