The grief, the anger, that comes out of Mr. Martinez’s voice, that eminates from his face, has really had an effect on me. I’ve spoken little of it to my family but every time I hear him speak, I have to hold back tears. And yet, the man was brave enough to connect his own personal tragedy with those parents who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook, empathizing with people who unimaginatively lost little children, may God have mercy on them all.
His points also ring true to the Society of the Spectacle nature of our culture, in which media outlets cajole us to fixate on the perpetrator (who, by the way, was only half white; odd that folks are obsessing over the white half of his lineage, but I digress) and distract us from identifying with the deceased and their loved ones.
If I were to meet Mr. Martinez, I don’t know what I would say in the face of his inconceivable loss. But I am reminded of a beautiful saying of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم that fits this mood and situation, in which, according to Abu Hurayrah, stating that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘Allah says’:
“I have no reward other than Paradise for a believing slave of Mine who remains patient for My sake when I take away his beloved one from among the inhabitants of the world”. (Sahih al-Bukhari, 6424)
ما لعبدي المؤمن عندي جزاء ، إذا قبضت صفيه من أهل الدنيا ثم احتسبه ، إلا الجنة
I pray that Allah will provide Mr. Martinez and all of those who lost loved one, solace and comfort. May God protect us all. Amin.