After last week's tsunamis, there's been a lot of discussion about the role of "God" in tragedies, amongst those of us who waste our time with Higher Existence. Some people explain the tragedy as punishment for the transgressors. For others it is a trial to differentiate the true believers from the rest. For some, the pain and suffering in the world is proof that a Just God does not exist. And yet others see it as a sign that the Apocalypse is on its way.
What's my view? Ghalib the Lover explains (with a wry smile peeking through his weeping face):
جراحت تحفہ الماس ارمغاں داغِ جگر ہدیہ
مبارک باد اسد غم خوارِ جانِ دردمند آیا
The gift of wound, the souvenir of a diamond, the offering of a scarred heart.
Congratulations, Asad! Your sympathetic, compassionate beloved has arrived.
Make of it what you will.