Finish that jigsaw puzzle.

Two children had an early morning today. They decided not to disturb their parents and played a game of jigsaw puzzles between the two of them.They couldn’t even complete the game, it was time for school. Grudgingly, they left the game half completed, on their dining table, and left for school. Their mother smiled at them from the door, reminded them to finish their lunch which she had prepared like everyday, so lovingly.
But then, they had an early night as well. Hours before night was to come. It is 5 pm. They are not back yet. The jigsaw puzzle remains unfinished. The only difference-they’re a little wet, and very salty.


Today has been tragic. A school of Peshawar, Pakistan was attacked by some ruthless, heartless, vile militants. A hundred children died. For nothing. A hundred stories like the one above. A hundred early nights. Way too early. Let this not be about a school, a city, a province, a country, or a religion. Let this be about those children. Let this also be about their teachers, about the people who died trying to save them. Let this be about bleeding hearts. Let this be about dead little humans, and about alive little humans. Let this be about this tragedy. Cry. Be remorseful. Depress yourself. Let everything be gloomy. Let the sun vanish, let the clouds go grey, let the dark prevail.
And then think of those children. Think of their rosy cheeks, bright smiles, colourful eyes, beautiful lives. Let that colour your life. Breathe it in. Breathe them in. For their souls are now all around you. Let that colour seep in, absorb it. Then make their deaths worthwhile. Finish that jigsaw puzzle.

10 thoughts on “Finish that jigsaw puzzle.

  1. This is devastating Moniba. May Allah grant the Parents Sabr and courage to go through this unbearable loss. And bless the innocent souls with the Highest of the Paradise. Aameen

  2. Insanity I can understand, but I just don’t know what it says about humans that they can do something like this for an ideal – whether political, religious or personal.

    I wish I could think of some way to make their deaths worthwhile, but some things are just pointless. If it doesn’t result in reprisals in kind that will at least be some sort of consolation.

      1. Let’s not call them humans.

        I think maybe that’s the mistake they’re making.

        You know in the late 60s and early 70s the US bombed the stuffing out of a whole bunch of isolated mountain villages along the Ho Chi Minh trail in Cambodia. Shortly afterwards a large group of homicidal maniacs descended from the mountains and destroyed the whole country in a massive genocide.

        Seems to me the US and Pakistan governments have been doing the same thing in the FATA lately. I wonder if they expected a different result.

        Don’t lose sight of the humanity of others Moniba, no matter how despicable they may seem. It’s a recipe for losing your own.

  3. ان لله وان اليه راجعون
    I’m so sorry for that, my dearest.
    May Allah grant all of them with His Hannah, and give patience to all parents. May Allah keep you, your family n your country from any destruction and terrors. Ameen.

  4. Its disturbing to know that some of our race has evolved into something that even the beasts would despise. It was one of those days when you feel sickened and ashamed of being a human

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