March 22, 2011

Smile, and Make Others Smile Too

Salam ukhuwwah fillah...

It rained heavily last night, it was not so sunny this morning. I love this kind of weather - cold and gloomy. I took the LRT to work. It wasn't crowded as usual. I glanced at my watch, I was early today. No wonder.

So, I walked out of the station and paced towards the office. When I crossed the road, I saw something that touched me deep in the heart. There was an Indian pakcik with amputated legs struggling to move on a wheelchair - all by himself.

Oh, he sure as hell didn't look like this.

... but pretty much like this. Lebih kurang lah.

So, this pakcik was struggling his way to the temple - I was just guessing because many Indians pray there - they would take off their shoes, light a fire on the coconut and then break it, some would wear sindoor (the read mark on the forehead) too. I always enjoy the view while walking to the office everyday.

It rained yesterday so there were potholes on the road - and that pakcik was moving with his wheelchair through them all. I was thinking, where's his sons and daughters? Why is he alone? Without hesitating, I approached him and asked if he needed my help. He said thanks. I know it's going to be hard for him because the way to the temple is hilly and steep, and the road was busy too. So I pushed him slowly up the hill on his wheelchair.

We had a lil conversation. I asked him where he's from. He said he came all the way from Shah Alam to go to the temple. It's a good temple and every Indian goes here. I nodded. When we reached the temple, he thanked me and I waved him goodbye. I turned back and saw him putting his hands together with his eyes closed - he started praying.

I was amazed of his determination. He must be a religious Hindu, all he wanted to do is to go to the temple, no matter what. I thought to myself, he has no legs and is wheelchair bound, yet he still made his way this far just to pray to God. I have legs and hands and strength and I'm a pro when it comes to using public transportation, but I still complain on how far I have to travel to go to the hospital for check ups. Ya Allah...

I hope he got his blessings today - and throughout his life. And I hope he'll manage to make his way back to Shah Alam safely. Aminn...

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