A Lesson in Nature


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Madiha Salam

Madiha Salam is a freelance writer.

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ayubia-national-Park-and-hiking-trackA few days back I was touring the beauty of the northern areas of Pakistan. Being at Ayubia, after a long tiring day we sat on a bench to relax in the evening. There beside our bench was a family of four people; parents and two kids. The boy was about six years of age and the girl was two. That family, like us, was also relaxing. In some time there was havoc on the benches where that family was sitting. The mother who was feeding her daughter left the daughter and the cereal bowl and ran a distance away shouting. The boy was standing nearby and the father had went away to fetch some snacks. When we looked back, there was a monkey near that bench who very silently picked up the baby’s meal and started eating it. The panicked mother started to shout but the monkey didn’t move. When the brother of that baby tried to make the monkey run away it attacked the boy and scratched his face. In a few minutes some locals gathered with small catapults in hand and made the monkey run away with the stones.Soon the condition was under control and the mother ran and picked up her kids. She had become quite hysteric.

I at that moment could only think of the Day of Judgement, when the horrific events will be such that mothers will leave their babies and will run away. The all loving mother who can give her life for children when confused by the monkey initially left her baby and ran away. However, soon she realized the jeopardy her kids were into and became worried for them. But on the day of judgement she will not think of anything and will only run to save herself.

This was a learning experience for me, giving me high thoughts of the less time we have left and the more we have to do in this world. May Allah guide us to right path and save us from the horrid events of the Day of the Judgement and the ultimate hell fire. Ameen.

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