Written by Zulfadli Yazab
This year's theme for Ramadan touches on rahmah and there is a lot to be said.
In simple terms, rahmah means blessings, grace, compassion and if we are taking it wholly it means love. There are many ways of showing them. Question is, to whom do we dispose blessings, compassion, and grace to? Are we going to be selective about it? If we are, there is much to ponder should we be deserving the same from anyone for that matter.
Here we, the Rogue One Squadron are very grateful to be able to do just that. It is an opportune time to give alms be it in the form of money, skill or gifts.
This week we are embarking on a humanitarian journey in Pidie Jaya Regency in Aceh, Indonesia.
In December 2016, Pidie Jaya was hit by a 6.5 strong shallow earthquake. If you think shallow is not impactful, here is quick science for you.
Shallow quakes generally tend to be more damaging than deeper quakes. Seismic waves from deep quakes have to travel farther to the surface, losing energy along the way.
Think of waving deep in a pool - there is no splash and if you do the same closer to the surface, it starts to form a higher frequency wave and it will take some time before the water becomes calm again.
The disaster had about 11,000 displaced, and ranked the top ten deadliest earthquake in 2016 with more than a 100 dead, destroying houses, infrastructure and mosques - the one place Acehnese go for hope was shattered down to rubble.
6 months on, we are here with them to provide them with emotional and in-kind support within our means. While infrastructures are back to serve and homes are built to shelter them, this is the first time some of them are going through Ramadan and will be celebrating Eid with their loved ones.
We hope with our outreach we are able to help them punch above their weight. May this journey make you and I introspect deeper about our blessings that we probably fail to appreciate. Keep a lookout on this blog for our next update!