And this time was done by a coward one. He threw a punch at my friend’s face and ran away dastardly! Currently my friend is being observed and treated at the hospital. Hopefully everything will be fine with him.
I don’t know what else these maniac Russians want from us, foreigners. Do they expect us to leave their country at once? Are they satisfied if they manage to beat up on every single foreigner here?
These nauseating Russians might suffer from any peculiar sort of psychological problem(s) I suppose. Normal people with clear mind won’t do any harm to others, that’s why doctors live by the quote ‘primum non nocere-first do no harm’. Harming other people won’t put you on advantage. I bet it will just aggravate their self-inflicted pain anyway.
Speaking of which, actually I get blase with this sickening event. I myself was assaulted by a bunch of hooligans 2 years ago. Did I learn anything from that horrifying experience? Not much lesson can be learnt, to tell the truth, except to leave the rest to God. And did I desperately beg my friends to accompany me wherever I go thereafter? No. Sometimes we just enjoy the freedom of being alone, don’t we?
One might expect to be super cautious whenever going out, with that suspicious, extra vigilant face. Bringing the pepper spray as your new gadget is a good idea as well. Or maybe you would consider moving in groups everywhere you go.
However, I observe the same, typical pattern for every assault that occurred since I was first year- it occurs in a blink, abruptly, without one anticipating. Furthermore, there is no chance we can defend ourselves, unless we run away with all our heart, like what I did that time. Maybe I sound a bit like a specialist, but believe me I just speak from my experience.
Am I saying that we don’t have to make any efforts? Don’t get me wrong, folks.
Whatever is destined to happen, will happen. What I am trying to convey is, no matter how well-prepared we are, how good our silat/taekwando/judo is (if we happen to know the martial art), we are helpless and hopeless when encountering such an unexpected assault. We just can’t help it, really. Pathetic,right?
Nevertheless, don’t forget that how helpless and hopeless we are, God is always there. He for sure, will help us and never leave us alone. For Muslims, you can recite ‘Bismillahi tawakalltu a’lallah’, upon leaving your room.
This is based on a hadith:
Anas b. Malik narrated that the Prophet (saw) said:
When a man goes out of his house and says: “In the name of Allah, I trust in Allah; there is no might and no power but in Allah,” the following will be said to him at that time: “It is enough for you, for you have been sufficed, guided, and protected.” The devil would meet another devil and say to him: How can you deal with a man who has been sufficed, protected and guided?
In short, what you can do when you encounter such an attack (here in Russia) are:
1. Run immediately, even if you can fight back. It’s not that you are being a coward here, but safety first guys.
2. Recite any prayer that comes across your mind. Bismillah or salawat, that will do.
3. Hide when you are almost invisible by the chasers.
4. Contact anyone whom you can trust, so that your friend can tell the guard, police,etc.
These guides might not work for you. It depends on your fight-or-flight response after all.
May Allah protect us from any evil deeds, insyaAllah. Amin.