Do you know what it takes to build a life?
It takes nine months of patience, fear and caring. Nine months of nature working its way.
It takes hours of bone-wrenching pain to give form to the unseen but often felt and borne existence. Unseen, yet much loved.
It takes a year of sleepless nights, of trying to break every fall. It takes two self-less people to do the job. Two, to cushion every fall until they can stand tall.
It takes year after year of vigilance, patience, love, vigilance, patience and much love again. And fear of course if you live where I live.
It takes dreams, much planning but mostly dreams to build their future. Two plus a team of teachers to make dreams work.
It takes prayers, to give dreams their final shape until success comes. Prayers of the two and their eternal love.
Do you know what it takes to end a life?
A twisted mind, some greed, 0.8 kg metal and a bullet that pierces more than one heart leaving a void that can never be filled.
To Samia Aijaz and Zia Masroor, who would have made great doctors had they lived to see their dreams fulfilled. May you greet and lead your parents to Jannah, when the day comes.
As for us, we’ll remember you, not necessarily because we knew you, no. But every time we open our mouths to complain, we’ll remember you as the ones who weren’t given time to complain or retaliate against the way, life was mercilessly stolen from them.
It is Allah Who creates you and takes your souls at death; and of you there are some who are sent back to a feeble age, so that they know nothing after having known (much): for Allah is All-Knowing, All-Powerful.