Friday Reflection: The Tsunami Disaster in Indonesia September 2009: Motivational And Inspirational Story of Human Weakness and Dependability on God


As Salaamu 'alaykum and peace to all,

Friday Reflection: The Tsunami Disaster in Indonesia September 2009: Motivational And Inspirational Story of Human Weakness and Dependability on God

It was just another normal day. And I was just doing my normal thing.

Then, BREAKING NEWS flashed on my TV set. My favourite News Channel- Al Jazeera brought me a devastating news.

The news that has reminded me of His Words in His Book,

Never did We destroy a population that had not a term decreed and assigned beforehand. [Surat Al Hijr 15: 4]

Ya Allah, immediately, I felt my tummy cringed.

Which country is being hit this time? How bad is it?

I kept on reading the scrolling news at the bottom of the TV set that says something like this,

A huge earthquake has brought death and destruction to the Indonesia island of Sumatra.

Footage from the town of Padang show how the 7.6 magnitude temblor flattened homes and hospitals leaving thousands of people trapped under the rubble.

Residents scrambled to put out fires caused by the quake while rescue workers struggled to reach the coastal town after access roads were cut by a landslide.

Visual, I need visual! - I could almost hear myself screaming.

And the visual I so wanted to watch came on...

Hours later, as I sat reflecting on the natural disaster faced by biggest Muslim-populated country in the world, I realized how easy things can change in our lives.

One second we are getting ready for work, preparing for a meeting, eating, drinking, teaching, withdrawing money from ATM, climbing stairs, waiting for the kettle to boil, switching on the computer, giggling with friends- not knowing just in a few seconds things could change dramatically.

I imagined those were among the activities some of the people in Padang, Indonesia were doing when Tsunami hit them suddenly.

Ya Allah... please have mercy on their soul, and please give them strength to face this tribulation

Talking about tribulation, I remembered William Arthur Ward once said this,

“Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is tonic. Tribulation is a test tube.”

Exactly! Tribulation is a test tube. Test tube that is being shake and shaken non-stop until all and everything that is inside it are mixed up.

But, then, just like anything that is in a test tube, soon the shaking and 'experiment' will end, and it will definitely end, inshaAllah...

And I reminded myself that I should lengthen my prostrations to enable me to supplicate for my brothers and sisters, as what Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“The closest that a person is to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so say a lot of du’aa’ then.” Narrated by Muslim, Abu Dawood and al-Nasaa’i.

And this would be my prayers for them, inshaAllah....
Ya Allah, please make the recovery fast and easy for the people of Indonesia; and for the families and victims of the Tsunami disaster September 2009, ameen...

Do you want to make your prostration longer too, my brothers and sisters?

Let's do it together!


Sis Zabrina also known as Zabrina A. Bakar, is a Life Storyteller, motivational and inspirational writer and speaker; and author and creator of Islamic motivational book Life Open Secret book series She maintains an active blog at and social networking platform a Web 2.0 at

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