In the spring of 2007 my husband had a very bad accident and this is his recounting of the events as they occurred:
Over the weekend I ate some bad food at a masjid function (lesson#1: beware of what you eat). Monday came, and I drove off to school as usual but my stomach wasn’t feeling well. I thought it was nothing and would eventually go away. So as the day progressed the pain didn’t really go away and I had a group presentation to give in the evening (my last class for the day). So I waited for that and planned on going home afterwards immediately. Just as the presentation ended I went home. The drive home is about 45 mins so alhumdulillah I made it very close to home, just 15 minutes left, and thats when things went bad.
I came to a red light at a very busy intersection. At this point I was feeling horrible, my stomach was killing me, I had cold sweats and was getting light headed. Just as the light turned green and the cars began to move, I remember getting extremely light headed and falling over in my seat to the left and going unconscious.
The events that followed, was nothing less but a nightmare for me. I woke up to find myself suspended upside down in my car, throwing up on the ceiling, windows shattered, all airbags were open, windshield cracked, car horn blaring and the the car was a total mess. I felt trapped inside, The car felt very small because many parts of the car had been dented in. I was still in my seat because the seat belt had kept me in (lesson#2: wear your seat belt).
Subhan’Allah, the thoughts that raced through my head when I woke up were unimaginable. You cannot know how I felt unless you have been in a similar situation. I could not believe this had happened, never in a million years would I have thought this would happen to me. I mean we pass by car accidents all the time and we look and stare, but we never think that could be us. It was like a nightmare, except I knew I was awake and it was for real. I just kept thinking, how this could happen, to me??? How??? I was totally in shock and beyond scared.
Obviously I didn’t want to remain in the car because knowing from TV shows and movies, we know that cars blow up when they crash. So alhumdulillah I managed to unbuckle the seat belt and crawl out the passenger side window. After crawling out, I just lay flat on the grass surrounded by many people who had stopped at the scene to help , may Allah reward them all and guide them to the straight path, ameen.
The sheriff came to me and started to ask me simple questions such as my name, address, etc. and asked for my wallet. I was in tears at this point, the sheriff asked me why I was crying (which I thought was dumb). But anyways, so the paramedics arrived soon and they put a neck brace on me (just in case my neck was messed up) and put me on a stretcher , and into the ambulance they took me. On the ambulance ride to the emergency room I threw up twice and the paramedic had to turn me to the side.
After arriving to the ER, they hooked me up to a bunch of machines and stuff. They called home and told my parents that I was involved in a car accident and to bring a extra pair of clothes. But the way they told my parents, they made it sound like it was a minor crash. So my parents didn’t realize it was such a major accident until they arrived to the ER. My parents and older brother came into the ER and came to my room. And they were so scared and worried for me, but when they saw I was doing fine, they were relieved, walhumdulillah.
The sheriff came in to return some paperwork and told us what what the eye witnesses saw. He said that, my car went full speed across the intersection, side swiped another car, jumped the curb, went airborne and rolled over a few times until it finally landed upside down. We were like, WHAT?? I had no idea what had happened because I had blacked out during the crash and when he told us I was even more shocked, I couldn’t believe I went through such a violent accident. The sheriff, the doctors, and others said it was a miracle that I came out alive, no injuries were sustained alhumdulillah, just a few scratches and cuts. Alhumdulillah I came out in one piece.
I cried so much with my parents in the room, I was just saying, that I could have died and I was very close to death, very very close but alhumdulillah that Allah (swt) kept me safe and in one piece. So they ran a whole bunch of tests on me during the night. I had trouble walking by myself and needed some help at first to get up and walk.
My family came as soon as they heard. When my younger sister came, she also actually fainted, and the doctors found out that it was also the same thing that made me black out , food poisoning over the weekend from bad food.
So we ended up coming back home at around 3 am. After all of this, I was feeling so weak, so tired, so exhausted, so drained. I came home and fell on my knees, still in shock, still in disbelief, still scared, I was just totally out of it. All I knew was that alhumdulillah, it was all because of Allah (swt) that I came out alive and in one piece.
In the next few days, we went to the junkyard to take a look at the car and take care of some paperwork. And subhanAllah when we saw the car, we were totally blown away, it was completely totaled. Alhumdulillah I came out safe.
After coming out alive and in one piece after such a life changing event, it has definitely given me a better prospective on life and how close we are to death. The fact that we don’t know when we can die is really scary, thus we have to make sure we are prepared, ready to face the next life, that we’re ready to crossover into a new experience.
Our purpose in this life is to worship and please Allah, not to follow our desires and live this life as if theres no tomorrow or accountability. We take this life for granted, but we don’t realize that we only have this one life to achieve true success, which is eternal happiness in Paradise.
May Allah (swt) guide us all to the truth, make us steadfast upon that, and help us in learning and living Islam to the best of our abilities and grant us Jannatul Firdous (Highest level of Paradise) and save us from the punishment of the Hereafter, ameen!