disaster relief

signs as Fyre Festival things
  • aries: the people who went to the beach anyway despite the whole thing being a huge disappointment
  • taurus: the random mattresses thrown across the grass
  • gemini: the disaster relief tents aka "luxury accomodation"
  • cancer: BYO locks for the lockers
  • leo: bread and cheese sandwich with some edible leaves
  • virgo: unloading all the luggage by throwing suitcases into the darkness of the night
  • libra: $12k tickets
  • scorpio: the weather
  • sagittarius: the number of celebrities that actually showed up
  • capricorn: the organisers
  • aquarius: #fyrefestival tag on twitter
  • pisces: kendall jenner on her way to save the day with some Pepsi
Luxury Bahamas Fyre Festival backed by Bella Hadid compared to ‘disaster relief zone’

A supposedly ‘luxury’ festival has been labelled ‘Rich Kids of Instagram meets Lord of the Flies’ after it descended into chaos as it was due to kick off over the weekend.

The advertisement vs. the reality. Copyright: [Fyre/ Twitter]Punters paid up to £10k for tickets to rapper Ja Rule’s Fyre festival in the Bahamas, however, have been left stranded after they arrived at a half complete site compared to a ‘disaster relief zone’.

Billed as a ‘cultural moment created from an alchemic blend of music, art, and food’ with revellers flown in by a ‘VIP-configured Boeing 737’, Fyre festival was due to be a weekend of comfort and extravagance.

However, festival-goers promised an experience ‘way cooler than Coachella’ reported half-built tents, feral dogs wandering around the site and mountains of rubbish. A stark contrast to the ad shots which featured the likes of Emily Ratajowski and Bella Hadid.

Models Elsa Hosk, Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid, Lais Ribeiro, Gizele Oliveira and Rose Bertram all visited the site for the festival’s launch back in December, raising questions today about the roles of paid influencers.
Customers were greeted by an empty concierge tent, and piles of unopened boxes as the venue seemed to have been abandoned only half complete.

On social media those stranded wrote that they were stuck with little food, water or electricity. Some online likened their luxury ‘cabanas’ to disaster zone relief tents.

While the website promised ‘chef-curated culinary pop ups’, the food posted on Instagram looked anything but.

There have also been reports of lack of security and tents being broken into and things stolen.

The festival hit even more problems when planes scheduled to depart Miami for the festival were grounded with airline reps saying that the island was over capacity.

The festival which was planned to take place over the next two weekends boasted the likes of Pusha T, Tyga, Blink 182, Major Lazer, Skepta and Disclosure.

But last night Blink 182 pulled out of the event. The band said in a message to fans: “Regrettably and after much careful consideration, we want to let you know that we won’t be performing at Fyre Fest in the Bahamas this weekend and next weekend.”

The festival has since been officially postponed.

In a statement, they said: “Due to unforeseen and extenuating circumstances, Fyre Festival has been fully postponed.”

“At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get all travellers home safely.”

You know why conservatism is a fucking scam? All throughout Obama’s 8 years they said we didn’t have money for anything: not for recession stimulus, not for better healthcare, not for a raise in minimum wage, not for new bridges and roads, not for natural disaster relief, not even for 9/11 First Responders’ lung cancer treatment. But, now, Republicans are in power, and immediately they don’t have any problem with buying an entirely useless wall to feed Trump’s self-blowjob vanity for 20+ billion dollars. Conservatism. Is. A. Scam.
—  Levi Olson

let’s be real though, if you’re buying things solely bc kylie jenner is telling you to, it’s not surprising that you’d find yrself stuck in a desert in a disaster relief tent. like that’s rly jst a logical extension of that approach

detritus

[dih-trahy-tuh s] 

(n.) or as an (adj.), detrital1. small, loose particles of rocks or other materials worn away from a larger mass; silt. 2. an accumulation of any disintegrated material or debris. 3. organic debris formed by the decay of organisms.

In the few days immediately following the tornado, she had been too preoccupied with post-emergency procedures to process the event emotionally, but grief seized her all at once as she knelt among the spray of detritus where her bedroom had once stood. It had seemed unreal before, like she had been transported to another place altogether, but seeing recognizable elements of her home in their new state of disassembly—a shard of kitchen tile here, the leg of a chair there—felt like an icewater plunge into reality.

knitsthenight  asked:

If we extend the humans-are-more-indestructible-than-you'd-think-at-first thing a little farther... what about a tradition emerging of young adult humans engaging in summer internships/gap years as part of galaxy-wide disaster relief/search-and-rescue teams? A bunch of different species and fast ships, and in emergencies, send a team of whoever can fix things quickly/ navigate that environment with ease/is actually SUPPOSED to breath those poisonous gases. Everyone wins!

Peace Corps: Galactic Edition? I have no creativity today but I hope someone writes this!

(Edit: spelling French-based words)

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New Zealand NH90s took to the skies of cyclone-ravaged Fiji today in their first overseas mission. They hitched a ride over on HMNZS CANTERBURY and are now operating out of Nausori Airport providing a critical link between the main population centres and the outlying communities. Today they dropped off supplies to Nasau village on the island Koro about 106km north of Suva.

Aaron Tveit and Kerry Butler singing “Seven Wonders” from Catch Me If You Can for Disaster Relief

It was amazing, even better than I imagined. I am still speechless at his voice!

Fyre Festival

It seems that rich music fans now have their very own Dash Con, minus the ball pit but with added disaster relief tents. I’ve been skimming through articles about it (seriously, do a google search, there are articles everywhere) and it’s both hilarious and sad.

It’s clear the “organizers” had absolutely no idea what they were doing and seemed to think that everything would magically work itself out on its own. The fact that they had to be reminded (via news articles) to pay their artists kinda gives you a scale of the ineptitude at play, here. Not only did they have no idea what they were doing they also couldn’t be bothered to hire anyone to do their thinking for them. I’m not blaming the various contractors since it seems they were receiving no input, no answers to their questions, and possibly no money.

I don’t have any sympathy for the people who got “stranded” on the island or who were “forced” to live in disaster shelters and who are complaining about food shortages. It isn’t as if Exuma is an uninhabited island. There are, in fact, real hotels there. And restaurants. And shops. There are also a lot of locals, some of whom would probably be willing to offer advice/help. Assuming, of course, that the people asking actually asked instead of demanding and remembered to be polite and considerate (ha) instead of aggressive and whiny.

Trust me, I’ve suffered my own travel disasters before (if nothing on this scale) and I can say that acting like an asshole is not going to get you very far. Also, if it’s clear that the people in charge have no idea what they’re doing maybe you should consider seeking outside help? You’ve already thrown $12K (or $250K) at this mess, so why not throw a bit more if it’ll help you be less stressed or get you away from “unbearable” conditions? And if you absolutely MUST get away RIGHT NOW and can’t possibly wait any longer, y’know, there are these things called boats that have been sometimes known to float on water and travel between various land masses.

If the people in charge have proven themselves to be brainless the ones who fell “victim” to this whole thing aren’t acting a whole heckuva lot better. If the local hotels and businesses are already swamped that’s definitely a thing and I can probably blame media for ignoring that bit in favor of sensationalizing the disaster aspect, but there are still options out there. And one of them is also called “patience.”

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Little West Wing Moments: Donna’s “What A Shame” Folder (46/∞)

JOSH
What's that?

DONNA
It's my "What a Shame" folder. All the stuff we never
have time for. The stuff we thought we'd fix when we
got here, but we never did. Foreign adoption policy.
Hybrid energy partnerships. Extending the roadless
conservation plan. Okay this one's not a shame, I just
didn't want to deal with it. Funding special education
for kids with disabilities. Ammunition control. What's a
gun without bullets? A 21st Century Teachers Corps.
We've got all those baby boomer teachers retiring.
Mentor programming...

anonymous asked:

Now I'm a new follower so if you've answered an ask like this before I apologize, but why do you ship Kachako?

I ACTUALLY HAVE NOT ANSWERED AN ASK LIKE THIS BEFORE SO NO WORRIES

i actually haven’t posted why i enjoy Kacchako so much, tho i have spoken with a few friends about it. but OH MAN…. oh gosh where do i even start jkslg;ha;lghkal;ghskal

ok so. a big part of it comes from their relationship in canon. both characters have a large amount of respect for each other. they’ve only interacted a few times (including in the omake), but each time is fairly insightful to the characters, and particularly when said characters comment about each other to other characters.

but it’s also how their relationship has a lot of potential in the narrative to drive both character’s development further really interesting directions.

to start, their fight. their fight at the Sports Festival was the first time Bakugou ever actually noticed Uraraka. before she was just sorta that unnamed girl who hung around Izuku. 

Uraraka had noticed Bakugou before, but mostly she just wanted to stay out of his way (like with her line after the class president vote when Bakugou asks who voted for Deku, “I hope he doesn’t find out it was me…”)

but oh man. their fight. their fight is AMAZING on so many levels. it’s not just about Uraraka and Bakugou battling each other, there are many, many layers to it.

for example, the reason why Uraraka is fighting so hard in the first place. she wants to support her parents. her family grew up poor, and the whole reason she’s at UA, trying to become a hero, is because she wants to help support her parents financially. this fight is her proving just how far she’s willing to go in order to fulfill that goal.

she’s willing to go toe-to-toe against Bakugou, who never goes easy on anyone, in order to prove what she’s made of. hell, she even thanks Bakugou for not going easy on her.

and it’s not just that. right before this fight, she realized that she was riding on Izuku’s success without improving herself all that much. she thought she was being friendly, but she realized that she really was just hoping that Izuku would get her through the day again.

she feels shame for it. when Iida said that he wants to prove himself against Izuku, she feels shameful of her own actions.

so she decided to change. she decided to put her all into fighting Bakugou, proving that she can make it to the finals just like Deku. that she can do it by herself. she wanted to prove it to everyone. she wanted to prove it to herself that she could do it.

this fight gave Uraraka so much character development. before this fight, she was still sorta… there. we didn’t have much character motivation, and she was mostly just the happy, bubbly Love Interest/main female character. we heard that she was poor, but this fight put that motivation to the forefront of her character and proved just how much potential she has to grow and develop.

and on Bakugou’s end, it’s really interesting. right from the get-go he warns her that if she’s gonna forfeit she needs to do it now, because he won’t go easy on her. and through out the fight he proves just that–however, despite the pummeling Bakugou gave her over and over again, she continued to come back for more.

she refused to give up. nothing he did could put her down for long. she always got back up on her feet and kept running in for an attack. 

Aizawa says it here clearly: by refusing to go easy on her, he’s acknowledging her strength. he’s showing her respect as an opponent. she’s not just a fragile little girl being beaten up by the Big Bad Blasty-guy, they’re equals on the battleground, and Bakugou refuses to let his guard down around her because they’ve both made it this far.

Bakugou lost against Izuku in the first Heroes vs. Villains training arc, and it was largely because he underestimated Izuku, and overestimated himself. Bakugou learned his lesson, and is refusing to do the same thing here. 

Uraraka went through the same things he did at UA. she was there during his fight it Izuku, she was there when the villains invaded, she made it through the Sports Festival and met him as an opponent. clearly, she’s not someone to treat lightly.

what’s particularly interesting tho, is that at the end of the fight, Bakugou looks EXTREMELY EXCITED to keep fighting her. 

Uraraka landed her final attack, which failed (because Bakugou used his largest blast to blow it away–you can see his hands shaking afterwards). Bakugou is ready to keep going, and rushes at her, with this huge, excited grin on his face, and says her name for the first time.

she surprised him. she impressed him. she shocked him.

Bakugou doesn’t remember people’s names. he can’t be bothered. he calls everyone by degrading nicknames, like Drooly, or Soy-Sauce Face, Raccoon Eyes, Deku, etc. The only characters he calls by name are All Might, Kirishima, and Uraraka.

All Might, because he’s the person Bakugou looks up to the most.

Kirishima is interesting. Bakugou has known Kirishima fairly well since at least the USJ incident. he kept calling him Hair-for-Brains until the cavalry battle at the Sports Festival, which is the first time he calls Kirishima by his name.

Bakugou first met Uraraka at the Sports Festival, and fought her for half an hour, at best. at the beginning, he calls her Round-Face. however, in that time, she impressed him so much that he started calling her by her name mid-fight.

when Bakugou starts calling people by their names, he doesn’t go back from that. he keeps calling them by their names. it’s his personal form of respect, that’s very subtle and understated. 

what’s also really interesting about their fight is Bakugou’s reaction after Uraraka falls. 

he looks shocked, in a way that we haven’t ever seen before. she impressed him so much, but then she falls and he realizes that she has a limit. someone he admires and wants to fight, actually has a limit.

it’s similar to his shock when All Might’s true form is revealed for the first time.

and after it’s over, Bakugou actually confronts Izuku about Uraraka. he berates Izuku for giving Uraraka that dangerous, self-destructive plan. in other words: in a very backhanded way, he’s saying he cares for Uraraka’s safety and well being.

he’s reprimanding Izuku for giving her a dangerous plan. Bakugou knows Izuku has a notebook full of notes on heroes and the other kids. Izuku mentioned it to Bakugou in their first fight. it would be a no-brainer to figure out that Izuku must’ve come up with a plan for Uraraka. and Bakugou is right, Izuku was willing to let Uraraka use his notes.

except that Uraraka refused to use them.

Izuku tells Bakugou point-blank that all that Uraraka did on the battlefield was her own plan. he had nothing to do with it. It was all Uraraka.

when Kaminari starts nagging on Bakugou for hurting a “harmless little girl” like Uraraka, Bakugou mutters to himself that there isn’t anything fragile about her. 

this is the first time Bakugou has ever actually praised or defended anyone. he’s always been very much about himself. in the beginning of the manga, he would go on and on and on about how great he was, and how everyone else (in his own class) were all losers, and this attitude is still fairly prevalent. 

he couldn’t even be bothered to remember his own classmate’s quirks. he’s gotten better about being egotistic since his fight with Izuku (and from watching everyone else in the class–he even admits that he didn’t think he could beat Todoroki at one point), but only just.

but he remembered her name. he defended her against Kaminari’s words. he respected her as an equal and as an opponent. later on, during his fight with Todoroki, he even berates Todoroki for holding back against him, and the manga hovers over Uraraka for a second.

Bakugou says only those who try their damnedest to win are allowed to stand before him. he’s referring back to Uraraka. again, in a roundabout sort of way, he’s showing her a lot of respect and praise.

coming from someone like Bakugou, who’s had so many issues with self confidence, ego, and refusing to even acknowledge those around him, that is a lot.

this fight was amazing for both characters, because it gave them BOTH amazing character development. this fight showed just how far Uraraka was willing to go, just how strong her determination is, in fulfilling her goal. this fight was also the first time we’ve see Bakugou develop away from the ‘angry-rival.’ this is the first time we saw him compliment and respect someone else.

this fight is the catalyst for so many amazing things, and the development doesn’t stop there.

after the Sports Festival, when the kids are trying to figure out where they want to intern, Uraraka decides to go with Gunhead. largely because of her fight with Bakugou.

she realized that, while she wants to be a disaster relief hero, knowing how to fight in close combat is an invaluable skill that she should learn, and it’ll be a huge advantage to her. it was thanks to her fight with Bakugou that helped her come to this conclusion, and allowed her to improve herself more.

and to move on a bit, lets look at the Omake chapter [which you can find a translation for here]

oh man. this omake. THIS OMAKE.

Uraraka isn’t afraid of Bakugou anymore. not since their fight, in fact. she’s confident enough around him to willing to confront him face-to-face, about his issues with Izuku.

she sees through his act. she says that Bakugou was so cool during their fight, but when it comes to Izuku, Bakugou tries to push him away, as if he’s scared. and he is. he’s scared of Izuku’s progress. it terrifies him. but he’s in denial about it.

Uraraka confronts him about this, sees right fucking through Bakugou’s denial, fear, and pride, and tells him straight up that she thinks he should try to be friends with Izuku again. no other character has done this before. only Uraraka has been able to see through Bakugou so clearly.

Bakugou, presented with this tho, of course yells, goes into fighting stance, and challenges her to a fight (which she responds to immediately with her own battle cry and fighting stance, lmao). and then after Midnight makes them sit down again, Bakugou is back in denial.

however, he keeps calling her by her name. he’s calling her ‘Useless Uraraka’ in his head, but he’s still calling her by her name, which just continues to show his own respect for her, even as he’s pissed and angry.

this omake is fantastic because it gives us a hint into the characters and their relationships. Uraraka has clearly notices the issues between Izuku and Bakugou, and tried to mend them in her own way. Izuku is her friend, and Bakugou respected her as an equal in their fight, and she wants them to be friends again. and she even notices that Bakugou fears Izuku on some level, which is a fantastic bit of introspection from her end.

and later on, she continues to show that she understands Bakugou well. in fact, she’s one of the few people who understands him the best.

she says right here that Bakugou would probably view being rescued as a disgrace. and considering the last time he got rescued, she’s right. the only reason the rescue mission worked out in the end is because Kirishima was there.

with Kacchako, there’s just so much room for development. even now, each characters have been pushed further into growing thanks to each other’s actions, and they’ve both shown a remarkable amount of respect and understanding towards each other. 

there’s just so much self growth and positivity that could be had with this ship, and i would love to see more of these two interact in canon. if i had to choose a ship that i’d love to see in canon, it would definitely be this, because i think there’s a lot of opportunities for development and growth and for new and interesting places for the narrative to go.

particularly concerning Izuku. Uraraka saw through Bakugou and realized that he fears Izuku. i would love to see her try to become the common ground between them. she, along with Kirishima, could be the bridges that allow those two to mend their relationship in the long run.

again, there’s just so much potential for this ship, both for the characters, their growth, and the narrative.

AHH ANYWAY THIS GOT REALLY LONG BUT i hope that all makes sense!!!

related posts: [a meta about the omake] [a meta about Bakugou and Uraraka’s fight]

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“Hi everyone,

As you might know, I served with AmeriCorps in Providence for 3 years. AmeriCorps pays people a small stipend to serve in nonprofit organizations, schools, and other public agencies. These volunteers provide vital classroom support, clean up after natural disasters, and help build the capacity of nonprofits. Nonprofits increase and improve their services, and corps members receive irreplaceable professional training and financial support for education.

All of this work occurs for a tiny fraction– just .029% – of the total federal budget.

Unfortunately, President Trump’s new budget proposal calls for the complete elimination of AmeriCorps.

This move will eliminate about 80,000 jobs, mostly filled by young people who are just starting out in the workforce or trying to find their way. It will eliminate 80,000 positions that support these areas: disaster relief, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures (such as drug and alcohol prevention training), and veterans and military family support. It will also eliminate the Senior Corps, which provides an opportunity for 270,000 people, ages 55 and up, to give back to their communities.

This is where we come in. Because of the unique position of current AmeriCorps volunteers, they are unable, by contract, to advocate for their own jobs. It is considered lobbying. The continuation of this program depends on alumni, like me, and our networks.

Please call your representatives and tell them to fight for AmeriCorps.

If you have questions, please let me know.

Thank you,
Callie”

My best friend wrote and sent this out yesterday. AmeriCorps needs you, call your representatives!

BTS donated 100 million KRW to the 416 Sewol Families

‘416 Sewol Families’ is an organization founded by the families of the dead and missing, as well as survivors of the Sewol Tragedy. Each member donated 10 million KRW and Big Hit donated 30 million KRW. At the time of the Sewol Disaster, ARMYs also donated relief goods to those who suffered. BTS also donated these funds quietly and were not told that their donations would be publicized. BTS decided to donate with hopes that this would give the surviving families of the tragedy even just a little bit of help and didn’t wish to tell the media about their donations.

anonymous asked:

what's your opinion on yoko?

I think yoko is an awesome artist who rarely receives the credit she deserves. The yoko hate that cycles itself through the fandom is so offensive and one dimensional. Ive seen so many people bash yoko for such random things, ive even seen extremely racists posts about her, honestly people are so disgusting.

I feel like people never actually take the time to learn about yoko before criticizing her. Yoko was well established artist and musician before her partnership with john. She was a classically trained pianist and pioneer in conceptional art. Despite the backlash she received for her groundbreaking feminist work she continued to create new art and share her messages.

Ono’s fundamental contribution to the formation of Conceptual Art was involving the audience into the completion of the work. It is designed so that anyone can make it - a crucial dimension of its meaning.Ono was one of the strongest feminist voices to emerge from the art world in the 60s. Her Cut Piece (1964), a first for feminist art performance, invited audience members to take turns cutting off her clothes using a pair of scissors. It also brought the audience into close contact with the artist, which was a new concept and crossed traditional boundaries. (x)

While people will criticize her relationship with john, she was an incredible support source for him. She encouraged his individuality, and help him pursue his career as a solo artist. She introduced john to feminism and peace activism and helped inspired some of his greatest works such as imagine.

Yoko suffered from many tragedies in her life from having her daughter stolen her to witnessing her husbands assassination, and being a constant target for negative media. Despite all this she was always very charitable, and spoke on issues that are important to her.

As Lennon’s widow, Ono works to preserve his legacy. She funded Strawberry Fields in New York City, the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, and the John Lennon Museum in Saitama, Japan. She has made significant philanthropic contributions to the arts, peace, Philippine and Japan disaster relief, and other causes. In 2012 Yoko Ono received the Dr. Rainer Hildebrandt Human Rights Award endowed by Alexandra Hildebrandt. The award is given annually in recognition of extraordinary, non-violent commitment to human rights. Ono continues her social activism, inaugurating a biennial $50,000 LennonOno Grant for Peace in 2002 and co-founding the group Artists Against Fracking in 2012. (x)

To watch people throw around petty opinions about how she is such an awful person is extremely unfair. Honestly i feel like yoko hate stems from all the negative press published about her when the media wanted to blame her for the beatles’ break up. Im not saying yoko is perfect, im very aware of that and the problematic things she has done. Just like im aware of all the problematic things the beatles have done. So honestly it doesnt seem fair to attack her while acting like the beatles are innocent angels lmao.

Anyway i think yoko is pretty dope and i wish more people gave her the respect she deserves.

anonymous asked:

Can you think of a good example of a non-villainous rage hero? I know you've already talked a lot about how no aspect is inheritely bad, and having a familiar example might help other people see what you mean by this, but so far most of the characters mentioned as probably Rage heroes seemed to be viewed either negatively or as villains.

well a big one that I can think of is Bruce Banner aka the Hulk, who is a Maid of Rage, another slightly less serious one is the Soldier from TF2 being a Sylph of Rage

the ideas of being angry, afraid, stubborn, cautious, paranoid, stoic are not inherently villainous traits because they are not inherently bad things to be, but I think a lot of people do have trouble seeing “good” characters inhabiting those traits

but if you think about it, all of those things can be spun as a person being Passionate, Righteous, Only concerned about Justice and Morality and not budging on those concepts, having an immovably strong moral ground, the idea of unshatterable strength in any form, a perfect shield/defense, an ultimate protector, someone who instinctually jumps onto the front line infront of someone else. All of which are inherently Heroic Ragey ideals

which reminds me of a really old post about the Aspects differing types of Leaderships I made a long time ago, where Rage’s was Protective Leadership, or Leadership by Authority

it was the idea that in emergency situations, people will naturally elect or flock to a person they see as embodying traits of unshakeableness, dependability, strength or expertise, and give that person a lot of authority over everyone in that situation, examples would be Firefighters, Doctors, Police, Disaster Relief, Military etc anything we would consider an “emergency” position, or it can be simply the person with the most expertise/dependability in situations like a group of people being trapped somewhere

so basically this is how I embody a truly Heroic Rage hero in homestuck, the people we naturally flock to in emergencies, and those with unshakeable protective instincts and strengths, stubborn, truly moral and righteous

its where all of these things go bad is where we get Villains, but the good interpretations of these things naturally give us Heroes

The greatness of Allah

Ibn Al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) said:

He governs the affairs of the various kingdoms and He commands and forbids, creates, sustains, gives death, gives life, gives power, strips power (to and from whom He wills) and alternates the night and day. He gives varying fortunes to people and alternates governments (and states), destroying some and bringing some into existence. His Command and Power are dominant in the heavens and their zones, the earth and all that which is on and in it, in the seas and in the air. His Knowledge has encompassed everything and He counted everything. He hears all types of voices and they do not confuse Him. Rather, He hears each voice in its distinct language and need, and no voice will make Him busy from fulfilling the need of another, and no need will ever escape His Perfect Knowledge (and His Power to deliver).

He does not become bored because of the many needs of those who need. His Sight encompasses all that which there is. He sees the movement of a black ant on a barren rock during a dark night. To Him, the Unseen is uncovered end the secret is secret no more,

“Whosoever is in the heavens and on Earth begs of Him (its needs from Him). Every day He has a matter to bring Forth (such as giving honour to some, disgrace to some, life to (some, death to some, etc.).” [Quran 55:29]

He forgives an evil deed, makes depression vanish and brings reprieve from disasters, relief for whoever needs it, wealth for the poor, guidance for the misguided, light for the lost, help for he who is desperate, fullness for the hungry, cover for the barely clothed, cure for the ill and ease for he who suffers. He accepts he who repents, gives reward for he who does good, gives aid for he who was dealt with injustice, destroys an arrogant person, covers mistakes, gives safety after fear end elevates some people and humiliates others.

If those who inhabit His heavens and His earth and all those whom He created, whether mankind or the Jinns, had hearts similar to the most pious heart, His Kingdom will not increase.

If all His creation, whether mankind or the Jinns, had hearts similar to the heart of the most wicked heart, this will not decrease from His Kingdom. Also, if all those who inhabit His heavens and His earth, all mankind and all the Jinns, the dead and the living, stand up on one strip of land and each asks Him for his need, and He then fulfils their needs, this will not decrease from what He has a bit.

He is the First, nothing is before Him, the Last, nothing is after Him, the Most High, nothing is above Him, and the Most Near, nothing is nearer than Him. He, Exalted and Ever High as He is, is the Best Whom one can and should remember, the only One Who deserves to be worshiped and thanked, the Kindest of all those who own and the Most generous of all those who are asked to give.

He is the King Who has no partner, the One Who has no competitor, the Samad (Self-Sufficient) Who has no offspring, and the Ever High, none like unto Him. Everything perishes save His Face and every kingship is bound to perish except His.

He will only be obeyed by His Leave, and His Knowledge uncovers all disobedience to Him. When He is obeyed, He thanks for it, and when He is disobeyed, He grants forgiveness (for those who truly repent to Him). Every punishment from Him is just and every bounty is a grace. He is the Closest Witness and the Nearest One with His Perfect Care. He controls the forelocks of everything and has the full records of all deeds end the books of all ages. The hearts are unmasked to Him and the secret is unveiled. His giving and punishing is merely a Command, “Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, ‘Be, and it is!’” [36:82].

[“The Weakening of Faith - Its Symptoms – Causes & Cure” by Shaykh Muhammad Saleh al-Munajjid]