Her Thoughts About God and Faith

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She was born a Sikh, but her fate and faith had taken her to the Islamic world. She neither goes to the Sikh temple nor the mosque for religious prayer. However, she does not hesitate to stop by a Hindu Temple, church, Sai Baba Temple, Mosque, or Sikh temple. She respects all religious buildings or holy buildings with the same respect as the Golden Temple. She covers her head and takes her shoe off before entering any holy building or shrine. Most of the time, people have looked back at her and wondered why she does it. She does it because she was taught when she was a child. She respects all religions and the faith and their God. However, she has her own theory about God. She says, “God lives in people’s hearts and souls. God teaches us to be good humans. He does not teach us about war or Jihad”. She thinks God is a superior power, but she does not hesitate to fight with God. She blames God when something bad happens. However, she never forgets to appreciate or thank God when something wonderful happens in her life.

She often says, “I am here to fight with you. why you have done such a thing”. It does not matter what and where happens in the world. She does not know who she fights with or praises, but all she knows there is God. She has suffered many times when people have made their judgments just by looking at her name, Sara Altaf Khan. Well, they were or are not making a judgment against her. They were making a judgment against her Muslim name, which tells her how much people dislike Muslims. All she wants is to say that Islam doesn’t teach hate. Neither Islam nor any other religion teaches hate crime or holy war. Some bad people in each religion use people’s sentiments for their own selfishness. Those bad people don’t have any religion. She won’t call them animals either because she does not want to disrespect the animals. She calls those bad people evil, demons, and devils. You can find those types of people in each faith. Often, she wonders why we treat people how they look or what they practice. Can we treat each other with respect?

In 911, she was called a terrorist when she responded to an emergency call. She was a paramedic at that time. It was a cardiac emergency. She still remembers a stubborn man who refused to get her help because of her looks. She laughed, “seriously, man, I don’t have a bomb in my ambulance to kill you. I am sure that you would die of a heart attack if I didn’t take you to the hospital on time”. Sometimes, she thinks, “I should tell him that his hate against others would kill him.” Anyway, the patient’s son had asked for an apology. It was an emotional time for all Americans and humanity, but it does not allow us to judge somebody. On social media, she often gets comments which show people’s intellectuality. She used to get angry, but not anymore. Now she just tells herself, “let people use their brain if they have one.”

Does color make any difference? Does someone’s nationalism make any difference? We live in a diverse culture, color, and faith. Then why don’t we respect each other?. Are animals better than humankind? She was born brown color. She is not a billionaire who could medically change her skin color according to people’s likes or dislikes. She often gets confused about being brown when she stands in the black and white color world. She wants to share some of the interesting events with her fellow bloggers. A white man came to the emergency room with his father and brother for his chronic back pain and asked her to fill the prescription of Oxycontin and Norco. She refused to write the prescription but offered him a one-time pain reliever while in the ED. The patient told her, “I know you won’t write it because you don’t like white people. You don’t know me. I am a federal agent and go behind your license”. The nurse was also in the room and dispatched the security right away. However, she told the patient, “Which agency do you work for, sir? I have their numbers on the speed dial. I can ask them if they are okay with writing the prescription for the drugs. Don’t threaten me with being a federal agent. Don’t call me racist or colorist. Get lost now. Leave my unit before I lose my temper. Next time go somewhere else”.

One busy night, the black mother brought her 12-year-old beautiful daughter, who had an abscess on her thigh. The mother was drunk, and she often left the emergency department while telling the nursing staff that she was going to get some fresh air. The nurses did not mind because another sober adult relative was at the girl’s bedside. The girl needed a small incision to drain the pus. As she numbed the site, the girl started to cry because of fear, which is very common. She tried to talk to the little girl. Suddenly, the mother tried to grab the surgical blade from her hand and said, “Oh, I will cut it out. She is my daughter and won’t be scared of me. She is scared of you because you are a stranger”. She thought, “seriously, how safe is giving a surgical blade to the drunk mother.” She refused, but her mother started to yell at her, “black lives matter.” Now she stands confused about how black lives mattered in this case?. The mother continued to yell at her and call her, “you don’t like black people.” There was another black woman who was a school teacher listening to the conversation. The teacher came to ask her, “I am sorry for this. Can I give you a hug? I think you deserve it and you need it” The teacher observed how hard we worked. She did not mind getting a hug from a stranger because she also felt, “yes, I need it.”

Once, an Indian patient came to the emergency department. She was a lawyer, and later she refused to pay the bill because she thought some unnecessary tests were done by an Indian doctor. She thinks, “You have come to the ED complaining of chest pain. Of course, I will run the cardiac test. I had forgotten my blessing stick/magic stick back home in India”.

Those are just a few examples that often make her confused for a while. But she always comes out of it easily: “I am a healthcare professional. my job is to provide care which each person deserves based on their medical necessity, not based on colorism and racism or any isms”.

She was new to the job and the USA. She had never been to anybody’s house before. She responded to the call by being a paramedic. She went to somebody’s house with her crew. She saw a bible next to the alcohol glass on the nightstand. She had kept the bible in a clean place after cleaning it nicely. She thought, “I can’t believe it. How could someone keep the holy book in such a dirty place”.

The rest of the rescue team looked at her with surprise, and one of the officers asked her, “Where have you come from?” She thought the holy book should be kept in a higher and clean place away from alcohol, food, etc., as she was taught in the Sikh temple.

Last week, she was half-sleep sitting on a chair when she heard the noise. She opened her eyes and saw her son was trying to hang the picture of Babaji (Sikh Guruji) on the wall. Somebody had given her a x-mas present to see the Golden Temple, which her son was trying to hang up on the wall. Suddenly she asked the boy, “Have you washed your hands before touching the picture?” The boy said, “mum, I have just taken a shower.”

She was not satisfied, “You need to respect every faith, boy.” It does not matter if it is your faith or not”.

She heard the boy saying, “I am not sure if God exists. My mother should not be sitting on the chair now if he does exist. My father should not have abused you. The man you love and trust most should not have abandoned you. Instead of sitting on the chair with her crippled mind and broken bones,  my mother should be saving people’s lives and lectured them about their health”.

She asked the boy, “Ask sorry from God right now. You should not disrespect God”.

The boy sat next to him, “I love you, mom. I lose faith in God whenever I look at you”.

She hugs her son, “I love you too. It is not God’s fault. It is my fate to suffer. I was born for this. See, God has given me a handsome boy”.

The boy has left her room, but many questions start coming to her mind.

14 thoughts on “Her Thoughts About God and Faith

  1. Sadly enough, racism and hate exist all over the world. It is people of understanding, like yourself, who realize all lives matter, no matter who. That is a hopeful thing for humanity.

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  2. Ironically, only people whose faith is weak or aren’t true believers in the supreme power can be lured into terrorist acts to spread their faith as people who believe in God know that he does not need his children to fight to spread his name by committing heinous acts

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    1. Please don’t mind me stating this, but neither God created us so that we suffer on this planet Earth, nor God himself/herself suffers. This is a big misconception, and I just don’t know why people feel happy about it.

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  3. Very much emotional write up. There are people who need to open their small minds instead of their filthy mouths. It’s really weird to hear that people with such small minds exists even after their education. But we should not blame our fate. Everything happens for a reason. You have touched the peak of emotion. Keep going.🤗

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  4. Jesus offered salvation to everyone – all races, ages, genders, nationalities. He taught grace, forgiveness, and loving one’s enemies. And when He was crucified for it, He died saying “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” May you experience His amazing grace, peace, and joy, today and always.

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  5. So do I. You may have noticed that at the center of His teaching is His identity as the Son of God – “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” This is certainly something to take into consideration, especially since He proved Himself by rising from the dead. I’m so glad that when He died for all of us, that wasn’t the end of it, and for those of us who believe in Him, death isn’t the end for us, either. “God is love,” and love triumphs!

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  6. Beautifully written. My only query is, if one has understood that there is one and only one God, then why to convert to any religion? God can be achieved even without the support of any religion. Thanks and regards.

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