The brief time and experience of Qudrat Wardak with us will
always remain another testimony of Hoosier goodwill, generosity,
and humanitarian spirit. We rejoiced in his miracle recovery
from a delicate heart surgery, return to his family in Afghanistan
this week, and thanked God for a precious life saved. In
his angelic smile, we saw mirrored a reflection of the divine
in human nature and an unimagined connection to one another
across thresholds of faith, culture, origin, geography,
Qudrat Wardak stand for his dad, Hakim
This morning, we feel deeply shocked and
saddened in Qudrat's untimely passing. A fleeting ray of
sunshine that traveled to Indiana as little Qudrat (meaning
God, Nature and Miracle) has suddenly disappeared. He leaves
a lasting and reassuring trail of boundless human goodness
and our faith in service of others.
Our "warmly-adopted new Hoosier,"
Baby Qudrat, came to deliver this uplifting message to us
and to the world personally. Now, this tiny light that lit
up and captured our heart and spirit has merged with the
Infinite Light. We send grateful prayers for his safe journey
"Home." May his parents and extended family find
comfort and strength in his uncommon journey.
Kanwal Prakash "KP" Singh
Indianapolis, Indiana USA
Here is a follow-up column (attached) on the sudden passing
away of baby Qudrat. He was doing so well after his successful
delicate heart surgery at Riley Hospital for Children in
Indianapolis and died two days after his joyous return to
his native Afghanistan and reunion with his family.
An abbreviated column is posted under the title "Qudrat's
uncommon journey" in today's Indianapolis Star. This
story deeply touched and emotionally bridged the people
of Indiana and Afghanistan. It represented the generosity
and nobility of human compassion and outreach that leaves
a lasting trail of hopefulness and reassurance of man's
capacity for incredible good and the divine intervention
to make it happen. This fairytale story of Qudrat was another
magnificent reminder of the innate goodness in human nature
that reveals itself from time to time and strengthens our
trust in each other and God's trust in us that some universally-uplifting
lessons have not been lost on His Children.
The great Indian poet-laureate and humanitarian sage Rabindranath
Tagore wrote once that "Every child comes with a message
that God is not yet despaired of man." The heart-warming
story of Qudrat and countless others around the world daily
reaffirm that man's kindness to strangers as an act of our
humanity and faith in service of others pleases God,the
One Universal Guardian and Architect of all Creation. We
simply need many more such offerings of love and kindness
to place at His Lotus Feet and continue to celebrate and
honor His Love and Benevolece for each of us. Each such
thread across cultural and spiritual thresholds enlarges
and embellishes our shared "temporal tapestry"
and brings us closer to another part of our extended family
across the global village.
Kanwal Prakash "KP" Singh
Indianapolis Indiana USA