Monday, October 18, 2010

Latest update from Latakia

Emotions here are very much like a roller coaster ride. It looks like we're not moving out today. Although it's a disappointment to many the camaraderie keeps everyone united. Alarmist reactions & thoughts will be of no good right now. What the volunteers need is loads of words of support & encouragement & needless to say, dua.

We place our trust in Allah & have also entrusted the leadership of VPUK. We must stick by that. Anything less than that is tantamount to chaos.

At the moment, there doesn't seem to be any indication of impending danger or compromise of safety and any such talk is only going to play into the enemy's hands. There are many volunteers who take everything in stride & accept the delays that are inevitable. There are some who complain & grumble but we must always remember that Allah's will will have its day.

The organising of this convoy can be better, but we have no way of knowing the full extent of what the organisers are dealing with. Between negotiating with the Arabs, Egyptians & the hidden hands of Israel must be nightmarish. And even under the most extreme pressure, I have yet to see the organiser snapping, complaining. They always have a smile. Zaher, who's one of those banned had only kind words for me last night, when I bumped into him. We must come to terms with the fact that for once, we are not in control of this event.

So as much as concern is appreciated, it must be kept in perspective. You cannot possibly know what its like here by just listening to one or 2 persons. There is a myriad of emotions, reactions & perspectives which is all too normal, & one person's view may not necessarily reflect others'. Lets keep our spirits high & positive & remain steadfast & patient. As one of the Irish guys said earlier today, "if it was easy, everyone would be here."

I remain positive Insha Allah & may Allah grant us a safe passage when He sees fit.


(sent by Azra via email)

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