Saturday, October 08, 2005

"You are my community"

Thoughts and prayers are with families in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan

A few days ago, my blogger friend Shirazi wrote so eloquently on the topic of community from an online perspective. The post is titled You are my community.

About 1 a.m. U.S. Central time on Saturday, I learned about the earthquake that shook Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. I checked with my Pakistani friend to make sure that he, his family and his friends were OK. They were. The news about the quake saddened me. At that time, the casualty numbers were relatively low, but even one death and one injury impacts us all. I said a prayer and went to bed. When I awakened hours later, I saw that the number of casualties had increased substantially and that the number was rising quickly. At this writing, at least 400 children were reported to have died when their school collapsed in northwest Pakistan.

Asia is part of my community. It is for this reason that I offer my prayers and light a candle, especially since the powerful quake and aftershocks occurred as Muslims celebrated the holy days of Ramadan. May we all offer our support for our friends in the countries impacted by the devastation.

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5 comments:

Tarek said...

May Allah help them all. By the way what are those tags at the bottom of your posts ?

Deb S. said...

Tarek Amr, they are Technorati tags.

Rose said...

I'm praying for the casualties as well as everyone else. So sorry to hear that people died, especially the children.

Shirazi said...

Yes, you are my community. Thanks for mourning with me. Need prayers.

Deb S. said...

Rose, thank you. When it comes to prayer, I believe that there is power in numbers.

Shirazi, of course we mourn with you. The prayers continue. It is heartbreaking that the death toll and number of injuries are so high. Remember: God is there with everyone. Wishing you comfort and strength during these difficult times.