"I was leaving a mosque, walking towards a market, when I heard a big sound. My ears became blocked immediately and I fell unconscious. I woke up in a hospital where I stayed for six months. Two months after the blast, they amputated my leg. It was very difficult for me, but I thank God that I had another chance to see my wife and six children again. Those are the moments of our lives where we always say Alhamdulillah as believers." Jan Mohammed Khan, 45, former farmer currently unemployed due to his disability, injured by a remote control bomb in Peshawar, Pakistan on 9 October 2007.
In recent years, Pakistan has been rocked by hundreds of attacks on civilians. From roadside bombs to suicide bombings and target killings, attacks take place on an almost daily basis in cities across the country, as a result of terrorism, sectarian conflict, and a mix of political, religious, and criminal violence. In the last ten years, over 5,000 people have lost their lives and some 10,000 have been injured in attacks perpetrated by militants in Pakistan. Of those lucky enough to survive, many carry physical disabilities or mental scars for the rest of their lives.
Suffering is far from unknow in a part of the world with a high rate of poverty, and also often hit by natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. However, many devout Muslims embrace those tragedies as their particular fate. Pakistan is a majority Muslim country, where faith is the most sacred and precious thing in many people's lives, and where the devout believe in al-Qadr (Destiny) - that all that exists or happens is an expression of Allah's will. Believer's accept their fate because they trust in His will.