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The gift of wound

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

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.

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1 Responses to 'The gift of wound'

Anonymous Anonymous says:

Chanad, let me quote your favourite poet to you.

hamko ma'aloom hai jannat ki haqeeqat lekin
dil ke KHush rakhne ko, 'GHalib' yeh KHayaal achcha hai

"I know the truth about heaven Ghalib,
But it is a good thought to keep the heart happy"

And ask a question:
If God can prevent evil, but doesn't, then He isn't all-loving.
If God intends to prevent evil, but cannot, then He isn't omnipotent.
If God both intends to prevent evil and is capable of doing so, then how can evil exist?

Please dont answer by saying that we should not try to understand god etc etc etc because that isnt rational.


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