Anas ibn Malik [may Allah be pleased with him] reported that one day a Bedouin riding a camel came to the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] and asked him: “Can I leave the camel alone and trust in Allah?” The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] replied: “Tie your camel first, then put your trust in Allah.”
Wear your seatbelts and say the prayer for mounting transport.
Supplications for Travels and Journeys
Don’t think it won’t happen to you. I’ve known far too many people that have died in car accidents that were not wearing their seatbelts. Even more heartbreaking than their deaths was watching their families trying to cope with the loss.
I agree with you, seeing someone hurt who could have helped themselves, and instead relied solely on the assistance of a deity (or similar), is a real killer. In more ways than one. Theres an old joke about the farmer whose land is flooded, and he refuses to leave the land when the police come to warn him about the rising waters, refuses to get into the boat with the National Guard when they come paddling up, refuses to reach for the basket from the helicopter that comes hovering over him as he squats on the roof of the house. “God will protect me”, he keeps saying– and eventually he drowns. Standing before the golden throne, he says Lord, why didn’t you protect me? Why didn’t you save me? And the mighty voice, exasperated, replies “Didn’t you see the police I sent? The National Guard? The helicopter? “
lol, yeah I like that joke, too. There are a couple of Muslim versions of that one as well.
I’m a truck driver, and in 2001 I was driving along a narrow lane in Surrey (a county on the outskirts of London) when an idiot in a Jeep Cherokee swerved off the A22 (highway) and straight into the front of my truck. As was common with trucks until quite recently, the truck did not have seat belts. I was protected by the steering wheel, but my passenger was, as you might expect, flung forward and hit his head on the windscreen. He wasn’t seriously hurt, but had concussion and had to go to hospital. To this day I hate driving trucks with anyone in the passenger seat, because they never do up their belts, but if we have a crash and they have a worse injury than he had, guess who’s responsible?
I generally tell my passengers that there are 3 main rules in my car.
1. Fasten your seatbelt
2. Don’t backbite
3. Don’t litter
A road sign close to my house says: Fasten your seatbelt, it’s a short distance to your windshield.
I’ve never understood why trucks and buses do not have seatbelts or emphasize the importance of wearing them.
SubhanAllah, it’s so sad to see the rising amount of deaths because the person wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. We should take it as a reminder bi’ithnillah.
I was just about to mention the Rules of riding in your car mashaAllah.