From The Editor
Alhamdullilah, we are in the throes of February and heading into March. 2021 has been eventful thus far, much like 2020. The year 2020 will go down in history as being the year when the world changed. 2021 will be remembered for the year in which the vaccine came into being. Our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will one day page through the history books and read about a pandemic that changed the world in the year 2020, just as we have become familiar with reading up on the Spanish Flu that decimated over 50 million people in the years spanning 1918 to 1920.
If any, what has the pandemic taught us. What lessons have we learnt from this new world order. What will we take with us when we see the back of this pandemic (if we ever will)?
With most matters being uncertain at present, the only certainty we have is that death is inevitable. When, where and how, is knowledge that nobody has. But with it comes the hope and the belief that everything comes from Allah Ta’ala and we accept His decree. The many deaths that we have had during this pandemic in South Africa affirms that Allah’s gaze is on us and Allah Ta’ala has in His infinite mercy accepted many as shuhada (martyrs). Fortunate is he who has been chosen by Allah Ta’ala and has been granted the death of a martyr. Our hearts bleed, our eyes shed tears, yet we know that they are the chosen ones and we will insha’Allah be reunited with them one day in the gardens of paradise.
At the time when Nabi (SAW) lost his son Ebrahim and wept. Abdur Rahman bin ‘Auf commented that even our beloved Nabi (SAW) wept in grief. Nabi (SAW) in a most eloquent, yet powerful and expressive manner responded:
THE EYES ARE SHEDDING TEARS AND THE HEART IS GRIEVED, AND WE WILL NOT SAY EXCEPT WHAT PLEASES OUR LORD. Sahih Bukhari
Johannesburg, South Africa