Black Spirituality Religion : ***THAT WHICH DOES NOT KILL YOU....***

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  1. SAMURAI36

    SAMURAI36 Banned MEMBER

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    {NOTE: I am posting this in the Spiritual Section, not only because I think it's most appropriate given my situation, but also because this is where I spend the majority of my time on this site......My apologies if this is not the appropriate place for this message.}

    It is said that "that which does not kill you, only makes you stronger"....

    I am now forced to put that saying to the test.

    On April 7th, 2005 I left my apartment for work that morning, and returned home that evening to find it, and the other apartments in my unit burned to the ground.

    Conflicting stories have arisen, regarding the source of the fire (from faulty electrical wiring, to negligence on the part of one of the other tenants--possibly both?), however the result is the same....

    The property managers of the apartment complex were kind enough to relocate 9 out of the 20 families that lived in the burned down unit (myself included), however many were not so lucky, as there were only so many vacant apartments in that complex at the time.

    For the past couple of days, I have been at the mercy of close friends, coworkers, and members of the community, who have been kind enough to help me recuporate in my time of need.

    I was able to retrieve a few of my belongings from the fire, but the majority of it is a total wash. I am only happy that I was not there at the time, and that all the families in the building at the time were able to escape unharmed.

    Now, I will be spending the next month or so, coming to some life decisions, and gaining back my mental and spiritual bearings during the time of this loss.

    Right now, aside from e-mail, I have only minimal means of communication, so I will only be able to respond periodically.

    However, if anyone who receives this would like to contact me, or have me contact them, please reply with your info, and I'll be sure to get back with you.

    To say the least, this is going to prove to be a rather trying time ahead for me, as I've never had to rely on anyone other than Self......But I've proven resilient and resourceful in the past, and I will do so again.

    As it was said on the 6 MILLION DOLLAR MAN: "We can rebuild him......Bigger, stronger, faster, better...."

    In the meantime, I ask that you all keep me in your thoughts and meditations.

    SALAAM & HOTEP (Peace) be unto you all.....

    SAM36, aka Shahiym Muhammad.

    [email protected]
     
  2. Ralfa'il

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    Sam

    Salaams

    Sorry to hear what happened bro, may the mercy and grace of Allah continue to protect your personal being and keep you strong.
     
  3. HODEE

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    It is said that "that which does not kill you, only makes you stronger"....

    This is a spritual based saying. Trials and tribulations test your faith. Stay strong and trust that God will provide and has provided in our lives.

    For the past couple of days, I have been at the mercy of close friends, coworkers, and members of the community, who have been kind enough to help me recuporate in my time of need.

    Thank God for those you have that are there for you in this time of need. Do not feel like a burden, they know you are independant. ( They don't mind helping and your not taking the support for granted. ) They hope and we are praying for you to get back on your feet soon.

    Do you have relatives you can call or write and borrow ( get support donated ) from if needed?

    Get a copy of the report from the fire marshal, and check it. If the wiring caused the fire you may be able to get reimbursed by the owner of the building. If a tenant caused the fire, the owner will certainly sue them. Use your heart and judgement to do this yourself. Carry apartment insurance ( renters insurance ) in the future. I did the whole time I lived in an apartment.
     
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    I find it so difficult to respond to situation such as this. I know nothing I can say will bring anything back. Anyhow, I still feel your lost and yes!; that which does not kill you will make you stronger. I truly believe that! I will ask the creator to watch over you and to help keep your spirit strong. You came to this spiritual forum with a bang! No! I mean with a mighty roar! your presence added more light to us as well. I will continue to look for you in the posts! The door is always open for you Brother! Get here when you can!

    :grouphug: :blowkiss:
     
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    This is the info that I'm most interested in. Would you have any available information, as to how I can go about getting retribution in the event that either one was the culprit? Website links, or something of that nature?

    Also, I had renter's insurance, but unfortunately I let it lapse...... :eek:oops:

    I was intending to relocate to another state last year, and planned to reinstate my insurance once I moved....However, I had to keep postponing the move date, and I never re-up'd the insurance....

    The irony of all of this is, I had been planning to move in the next month or so.

    Anyways, if anybody has some pertinent info that they feel might be beneficial to my situation, please feel free to share it, either here, or in my given e-mail address.

    PEACE
     
  6. HODEE

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    Unfortunately I have only come across articles that state renters have no recourse. The landlord has no responsibility for your personal losses.

    Still it doesn't hurt to look into this. If the owner is at fault, ( faulty wiring ) ( found to be arson by the owner ) you may be able to recover something.

    Personal losses are hard to put a dollar amount on. Contact the fire department and request a copy of the report. If they won't give it to you. Go to the small claims court and sue the owner for a Subpoena copy. In California where I am.. the amount is five thousand in small claims. Check your state and see how much it may be. Most are only twenty-five hundred.

    Better still check into getting a subpena without sueing until you get the report. But you do want one.

    You may be able to go to your court and file for one just to get the information because you were affected by the incident. Try that first. Then seek an attorney, start listing your belongings and if someone has pictures of your apartment those would be very handy.

    Always take pictures of your home or apartment, it comes in handy for a claim for burglary or fire. Put the photo's in a metal or ( fire proof box ) or a safe deposit box.

    Give us the state where you live. We may be able to zero in better on the state law or procedure.
     
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    peace to the god,

    it is very true that which does not kill us can only make us stronger!!!

    - I am at one with your pain & loss my brother & I thank the ALL for showing you mercy & having you somewhere else at the time of the fire. Surely, the Supreme Being is El-Rahman El-Rahim & shows favor to his chosen ones.

    - In the midst of this trial, the creator has already proven thru your friends, family & co-workers that everything will be alright. So let the fire in your mind bring forth the flames of light & life, as to remove this dark hour of inconvienience. Once you get to the end of the tunnel, you will be the 6 million dollar man!!!!!!!!!

    The Goddesses & Gods of Destee.com are here for you anytime you need to vent or just clear your mind..........

    When Ibrahim was cast into the fire for destroying his peoples Idols, the fire was kept cool because Allah was in the fire with him to protect him. Surah 21!!!!!!!!!!

    - soon you will have to add the attribute Warrior after Samurai!!!!!!!!!

    peace & love my brother.............
     
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    My spirit goes out to you brotha Samurai. The creator was truly with you to protect you from this disaster. I will continue to correspond with you, and look to see if there is anything I can do to help you brotha

    Ase!
     
  9. river

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    Sam,

    Here is a link where you can enter your state in the box on the right under the banner and get all kinds of information about renters' rights specific to the state you live in.
    http://www.badlandlords.info/


    On the spiritual side,
    The full impact of your loss to your emotions may not have hit you yet because it is so soon and you've been occupied with survival. When you are settled and alone with your thoughts it might hit you like a ton of bricks. Don't be surprised when that happens. Don't let the evil one lull you into forgetting your resolve.

    Love and peace

    River
     
  10. TheWitness

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    Look for an email from me with Destee as the subject so as you wont delete it. :)
     
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