بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Disasters: a Test – or – Punishment

by Irshad Mahmood - Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre

A humble advise to Muslims as well as Non-Muslims

Why should Allah punish you if you have thanked (Him) and have believed in Him. And Allah is Ever All-Appreciative (of good), All-knowing. (Al_Quraan_004:147)

Disaster does not mean only Natural Disaster, it could be Cruel Ruler as well

Dated: 21 – SEP – 2005


More and more record breaking Disasters are coming all over the world and one after another. Regardless of Muslims or Christian or others, every one is suffering badly. It is time to Re-think, Repent and Enter into Islaam Whole-Heartedly.

Disaster gets more and more Killer, after an Informer (Warner) arrives in a town (city / country):

Whenever We sent a Prophet (Informer / Warner) to a town, We took up its people in suffering and adversity, in order that they might learn humility. (Al_Quraan_007.094)

Those Who Listen BUT Do Not Obey are the Worst Animal, since they do not understand:

You Hear it that is it, Now it is Between You and Allah:

O you who believe! obey Allah and His Messenger and do not turn back from Him while you hear. And be not like those who said, We hear, and they did not obey. Surely the worst of animals, in Allah's sight, are the deaf, the dumb, who do not understand. (Al_Quraan_008.020-022)

Government must have major foods/grains like Dried Milk, Wheat, Rice, Salt, Sugar, and Dried Chickpeas etc. in stocks for up to seven years if possible for any possible Drought. Lessons can be taken from the story of prophet Yusuf (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) as in the Quraan (Al_Quraan_012:043-050).

What to do when you know a Disaster has approached?

1>         Evacuate the place if needed. When you start feeling the Danger from the Disaster, Start Making the Athan every 10 to 15 minutes on all corners if possible. If it is safe step out from your place (home or work) otherwise stay inside to make the Athan.

2>         Recite Darood-e-Ibraheem before making any Duaas, like we do recite Darood-e-Ibraheem in all of our Salaat.

Allahumma Salli 'alaa Muhammad-in wa 'alaa aali Muhammad-in Kamaa Sallayta 'alaa Ibrahima wa 'alaa aali Ibrahima Innaka Hameedun Majeed.

Allahumma Baarik 'alaa Muhammad-in wa 'alaa aali Muhammad-in Kamaa Baarakta 'alaa Ibrahima wa 'alaa aali Ibrahima Innaka Hameedun Majeed.

O Allah! Shower blessings upon Sayyidina Muhammad and on the family of Sayyidina Muhammad as You showered blessings upon Sayyidina Ibrahim and on the family of Sayyidina Ibrahim. Surely, You are the Praiseworthy, Glorious.

O Allah! Bestow favours upon Sayyidina Muhammad and on the family of Sayyidina Muhammad as You bestowed favours upon Sayyidina Ibrahim and on the family of Sayyidina Ibrahim. Surely, You are the Praiseworthy, Glorious.

Then Recite as many Duaas as you need. Remember Allah knows all languages, in which language you will ask from Allah, HE will sure listen to your Duaas, Inshaa Allah.

3>         Keep Asking Allah to forgive you.

Duaa for Forgiveness:

لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

"None has the right to be worshipped but You (O Allah), Glorified (and Exalted) are You. Truly, I have been of the wrong-doers." (Al_Quraan_021.087)

رَّبِّ اغْفِرْ وَارْحَمْ وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الرَّاحِمِينَ

"My Lord! Forgive and have mercy, for You are the Best of those who show mercy!" (Al_Quraan_023.118)

4>         Keep Asking Allah for help. Only Yaa Allah Help, all others are shirk, including Yaa Ali Help or Yaa Muhammad Help.

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

Iyyaka nabudu wa iyyaka nastaeen.

You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for HELP for each and everything.

5>         Make TRUE intention that you will sure Learn and Practice the Quraan, Inshaa Allah.

May Allah forgive all of us and guide us to follow the Quraan and Really Authentic Sunnah. AMEEN.


How to help the survivors of the disasters?

Saving a Life is like Saving the Whole World. (Ref. Al_Quraan_005.032)

Help the victims from the depths of your heart with what ever you can, regardless of any race. If there are many dead, try to bury them immediately. BUT if the deaths are enormous then there is no need to waste time on counting bodies and waiting for others to come and recognize their loved ones. This may cause huge delay and diseases may spread which may double the figure of deaths.

Advise to the Victims of the disasters?

We feel very sorry from the depth of our heart and we help from the depth of our heart. It is very hard to face such a great disaster, than writing in words. When the relief (help) is on the way, be patient and try to organize and help those first who need the immediate attention among you. Try to give the first chance to children, old people, injured people, women. Try not to break the justice and try to divide the relief (help) equally among you with true justice.


Why Disasters?

Disaster gets more and more Killer, after an Informer (Warner) arrives in a town (city / country):

Whenever We sent a Prophet (Informer / Warner) to a town, We took up its people in suffering and adversity, in order that they might learn humility. (Al_Quraan_007.094)

Allah Never Destroys the Good Nations:

But why were there not among the generations before you those possessing understanding, who should have forbidden the making of mischief in the earth, except a few of those whom We delivered from among them? And those who were unjust went after what they are made to enjoy of plenty, and they were guilty. Your Lord never annihilates any community unjustly, while its people are righteous. (Al_Quraan_011.116-117)

Allah Never Changes the Conditions of a Nation till their People (NOT their Leader) Changes themselves:

In the manner of the people of Pharaoh and those before them; they disbelieved in Allah's communications, therefore Allah destroyed them on account of their faults; surely Allah is strong, severe in requiting (evil). This is because Allah has never changed a favor which He has conferred upon a people until they change their own condition; and because Allah is Hearing, Knowing. (Al_Quraan_008.052-053)

Corruption in the Land is because of Peoples Deeds:

Corruption has appeared in the land and the sea on account of what the hands of men have wrought (done), that He may make them taste a part of that which they have done, so that they may return. (Al_Quraan_030.041)

Disasters Continued:

Even if a Quraan caused mountains to move, or the earth to tear asunder, or the dead to speak (they will not believe). Allah controls all things. Is it not time for the believers to give up and realize that if Allah willed, He could have guided all the people? The disbelievers will continue to suffer disasters, as a consequence of their own works, or have disasters strike close to them, until Allah's promise is fulfilled. Allah will never change the predetermined destiny. (Al_Quraan_013.031)

Miserable Life of Disbelievers:

And whoever turns away from My reminder (message), he will have a miserable life, and We will raise him on the Day of Resurrection, blind. (Al_Quraan_020.124)

Disbelievers are Loosing their Lands:

Nay, We gave the good things of this life to these men and their fathers until the period grew long for them; Do they not then see that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders? Is it then they who will win? (Al_Quraan_021.044)

Destruction of Disbeliever's Land:

And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction. And how many of the generations did We destroy after Nuh! and your Lord is sufficient as Knowing and Seeing with regard to His servants' faults. (Al_Quraan_017.016-017)


Why Muslims and Muslims countries are getting more affected, while Allah promised to protect the believers? We need to find out immediately, what was the sins of those Muslims who were affected by such disasters, so that we can avoid those sins.

And if the people of the towns had believed and guarded (against evil) we would certainly have opened up for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they rejected, so we overtook them for what they had earned. (Al_Quraan_007.096)

Recently Indonesia got affected by Tsunami triggered by an under sea Earthquake on 26-DEC-2004. Before Bangladesh got affected by massive flood and over 2/3 of Bangladesh gone under water. History of Earthquake in Iran and Turkey is not too old as well. It looks like we are Muslims by name only. We have the Quraan and we believe on the Quraan that it is from Allah and free from any kind of error or contradiction BUT when the time comes to practice it, we try to deviate from it and start looking shortcuts. Enter into Islaam Completely and immediately without any delay.

Disasters are not without any reason:

Mischief (Disaster or Corruption) has appeared on land and sea because of (the evil) that the hands of men have earned, that (Allah) may give them a taste of some of their deeds: in order that they may turn back (from Evil) [Al_Quraan_030:041]

As for those who disbelieve, disaster ceaseth not to strike them because of what they do, or it dwelleth near their home until the threat of Allah come to pass. [Al_Quraan_013.031]

In the above two Ayaat Disaster points to both the Natural Disasters as well as Man Mad, including a Cruel Ruler.

Do we think that Allah will change our conditions, since we just recite Kalima and obey his few commands. It is our mistake. Allah never changes the condition of people unless they change themselves. Our Ummah has to change immediately, so don't delay, time is running out. Do you think that Cruel Ruler is not a Disaster, Think again.

Take an example of present condition in Iraq, their language is Arabic BUT they are widely divided into several sects, like Shia, Sunnee, Kurd etc. They still didn't change and get united immediately, so perhaps Allah didn't change their condition of being butcher as well as many others in the past and may be in the future. Who knows that they will be the next. Change yourself to unite perfectly and immediately. It is not an unity if you still are Shia, Sunnee, Kurd etc. Please read my article on Perfect Unity of Muslim Ummah.

Remember: After Listening or watching or reading etc. of Quraan and Authentic Hadeeth, it is your responsibility to think and decide as well as change accordingly and immediately. Yes, Rasool Allah already warned that there will be around 73 sects of Muslims BUT only one will go to the Heaven, doesn't mean that in any sects I am fine. I must need to find out the right one and change accordingly and immediately, only then there is a real hope to enter to the heaven. Tomorrow may never come so don't delay and Enter into Islaam immediately. Also telling others as well is your responsibility.


Possible Reason Why Muslim Ummah is suffering Badly:

Yet you it is who slay your people and turn a party from among you out of their homes, backing each other up against them unlawfully and exceeding the limits; and if they should come to you, as captives you would ransom them-- while their very turning out was unlawful for you. Do you then believe in a part of the Book and disbelieve in the other? What then is the re ward of such among you as do this but disgrace in the life of this world, and on the day of resurrection they shall be sent back to the most grievous chastisement, and Allah is not at all heedless of what you do. These are they who buy the life of this world for the hereafter, so their chastisement shall not be lightened nor shall they be helped. (Al_Quraan_002.085-086)

(Here Believing means Practicing. Islaam is a Practical Religion and NOT a Verbal Religion. Today vast majority of Muslim Ummah are not Practicing Islaam completely, so it means, they are believing in some parts of the Quraan, while disbelieving in the others.)

Allah has promised for the great bounty, BUT why Muslim Ummah are suffering:

And if the people of the towns had believed and guarded (against evil) we would certainly have opened up for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they rejected, so we overtook them for what they had earned. (Al_Quraan_007.096)

Do not hold the Messenger's calling (you) among you to be like your calling one to the other; Allah indeed knows those who steal away from among you, concealing themselves; therefore let those beware who go against his order lest a trial afflict them or there befall them a painful chastisement. (Al_Quraan_024.063)

Behold! You are those who are called upon to spend in Allah's way, but among you are those who are niggardly, and whoever is niggardly is niggardly against his own soul; and Allah is Self-sufficient and you have need (of Him), and if you turn back He will bring in your place another people, then they will not be like you. (Al_Quraan_047.038)

Shall I then seek a judge other than Allah? And He it is Who has revealed to you the Book (which is) made plain; and those whom We have given the Book know that it is revealed by your Lord with truth, therefore you should not be of the disputers. (Al_Quraan_006.114)

Those who don’t do Justice according to the Laws of Allah they are unbelievers:

Surely We revealed the Taurat in which was guidance and light; with it the prophets who submitted themselves (to Allah) judged (matters) for those who were Jews, and the masters of Divine knowledge and the doctors, because they were required to guard (part) of the Book of Allah, and they were witnesses thereof; therefore fear not the people and fear Me, and do not take a small price for My communications; and whoever did not judge by what Allah revealed, those are they that are the unbelievers. (Al_Quraan_005.044)

What about those Muslim Rulers, who don’t implement the True Islamic Laws, how come they are Muslim? What about those who appoint them by giving vote in a democratic system, although there are others asking their support, so that they may be able to implement the True Islaamic System (Khilafa)? What about those who don’t go for vote where there is a democratic system, to elect someone who is promising to implement the True Islaamic System? As an example, suppose 3% who wants Islaamic System, but didn’t vote, 49% vote to Non-Islaamic party while 47% vote to Islaamic Party. Then Non-Islaamic Party will be in the power only because of 3% people. Why there are so many divided Islaamic Parties?  Suppose that the majority of the people don’t want Islaamic System then, would you like to force the people or do Dawah and leave the rest on Allah? A Muslim can never vote to a Non-Islaamic party, while there are Islaamic Parties available. These things are extremely important and need TRUE Justice otherwise the corrupt Rulers will be appointed and will destroy the Nation. You must need to help those who are sincerely & peacefully trying to build the Khilafa (United States of Islaam).

Those who vote for NON-Islaamic Party May be actually Disbelievers:

O ye who believe! Whoso of you becomes a renegade from his religion, (know that in his stead) Allah will bring a people whom He loves and who love Him, humble toward believers, stern toward disbelievers, striving in the way of Allah and fearing not the blame of any blamer. Such is the grace of Allah, which He gives unto whom He will. Allah is All Embracing, All Knowing. [Al_Quraan_005.054]

Remember: There is no Compulsion in the Religion… (Al_Quraan_002.256)

Those who Divide the Religion are NO Longer Muslims:

As for those who Divide their Religion and break up into Sects, thou hast NO part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah. He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did." [Holy Quraan 6: 159]

Allah wants us to be United Perfectly:

If you DIFFER in anything (Faith, Salaat, Sayaam, Zakaat, etc.) amongst yourself, then REFER to Allah and his Messenger, if you really believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for determinations. [Al_Quraan_004.059]

Weather you believe or not, our Foundation (Worshipping Method) is widely divided into several sects. Not only every group, believing on, that they are right, BUT every person practically believe that he is right, and perfect, so he is acting accordingly.

Check your Faith, Kalimah, Salaat, Sayaam, Zakaat, Hajj, etc (Every Act including Worship). Think again, why you are different from other Muslims. First see yourself, may be you are not Correct.

Only No Innovations, No Additions or Subtractions in our Faith, Kalimah, Salaat, Sayaam, Zakaat, Hajj, etc. will bring us to Perfect Unity.


Allah Saved only those Who were doing Dawah:

But why were there not among the generations before you those possessing understanding, who should have forbidden the making of mischief in the earth, except a few of those whom (ONLY) We Saved ( from harm)? And those who were unjust went after what they are made to enjoy of plenty, and they were guilty. (Al_Quraan_011:116)

 

It is NOT only Duty of Scholars to do Dawah (Tell the TRUTH about the Message of Allah), to save the whole world from Disasters. A single Scholar may not do door to door Dawah to tens of millions of people. It is DUTY on EVERY Single Muslims to do Dawah with Wisdom. As an example, I included at the end, "My Way of Dawah". Do some dialog and give them Quraan, if they are really interested and give the address of Scholars to contact for more clarifications.

 


Allah Never Destroys the Good Nations:

But why were there not among the generations before you those possessing understanding, who should have forbidden the making of mischief in the earth, except a few of those whom We delivered from among them? And those who were unjust went after what they are made to enjoy of plenty, and they were guilty. Your Lord never annihilates any community unjustly, while its people are righteous. (Al_Quraan_011.116-117)

Allah Never Changes the Conditions of a Nation till their People (NOT their Leader) Changes themselves:

In the manner of the people of Pharaoh and those before them; they disbelieved in Allah's communications, therefore Allah destroyed them on account of their faults; surely Allah is strong, severe in requiting (evil). This is because Allah has never changed a favor which He has conferred upon a people until they change their own condition; and because Allah is Hearing, Knowing. (Al_Quraan_008.052-053)


Disasters in Muslim Countries:

If Disasters are coming in Muslim Countries, it does not mean that Disasters are a natural phenomena. Muslims are badly divided into sects and many of them have NOT yet Completely Entered into Islaam, actually many of them are disobeying Allah by neglecting the Quraan and Allah already has warned them as in Quraan:

As for those who Divide their Religion and break up into Sects, thou hast NO part (Not Muslim any More) in them in the least: their affair is with Allah. He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did." [Holy Quraan 6: 159]

If any (including Muslims) do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are Unbelievers. (Al_Quraan_005.044)

(True Justice you need do at home, at work, in the court, in the assembly and every where.)


Allah wants us to start Obeying him IMMEDIATELY so Don’t Delay:

And (remember, O children of Israel) when We made a covenant with you and caused the Mount to tower above you, (saying): Hold fast that which We have given you, and remember that which is therein, that ye may ward off (evil). [Al_Quraan_002.063]

As we can see, now a days more and more record breaking disasters are coming to the land, which may be an alarm to the human, so below are my advise to Muslims as well as Non-Muslims:


Advise to NON-MUSLIMS before it gets too LATE:

Think why are you getting disasters, if God (Allah) or Jesus (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) loves you. Don't say it is a Mother Nature, even then if it is a Mother Nature, why didn't God (Allah) or Jesus (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) protects you from the Disasters. It will be great lie. Although Science took many times U Turn, even then now a days you have a good opportunity of Science to check which of the Holy Book may be more LOGICAL, TRUE and FREE from any ERROR or Contradiction. Should you accept those Holy Book which says the Earth is Flat, or those which says to clean the place, sprinkle it with blood. Do you clean your operation theatre with blood or Anti Bacterial Medicine. Why don't you read the Quraan and get the Guidance from it, which is free from all errors and contradictions and fully protected by God (Allah). Don't think that man made law is right for you or majority of people (Democracy) is right. Today man says something and tomorrow changes those because he finds many problems with the man made laws.

For those who are not Muslims, they are advised to find the Real Truth Immediately, Learn the Teaching of Quraan and if you Really Find the Truth in it, then, you must immediately accept it from your deep heart, before it gets too late, regardless of what other people are doing, otherwise more and more disasters may come. Don’t forget that Noah’s Ark was also a punishment from Allah (God Almighty). Every where in the world we are getting record breaking disasters, like Tornado, Cyclone, Hurricane, Earthquake, Volcano Eruption, Floods, Wild Fire and Cruel Ruler, etc.


Advise to MUSLIMS before it gets too LATE:

For those who are Muslims, they are advised to think why in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey and other Muslim populated areas we are getting record-breaking disasters. Those are actually Punishments from Allah. If you don’t unite Perfectly and start worshipping Allah what really Allah expects from us, more and more disasters (Punishments) may come. Don’t under estimate, don’t do the Great Mistake again and again that “I am Right”. Come to Perfect Unity of Muslim Ummah NOW before it gets too LATE. Enter into Islaam Completely.


Whenever any problem or disaster like Tornado, Cyclone, Hurricane, Earthquake, Volcano Eruption, Flood, Wild Fire and Cruel Ruler, etc and does many damages, we need to do research and analyses in detail. Is it a Test from Allah or Punishment from Allah?

If a Nation Disobeys Allah and Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him), that Nation may get Punishment like Tornado, Cyclone, Hurricane, Earthquake, Volcano Eruption, Flood, wild fire and Cruel Ruler, etc doing many damages.

If a single person Disobeys Allah and Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him), that individual person may get punishment like accident, cancerous disease or other prolong disease.

As for those who disbelieve, disaster ceaseth not to strike them because of what they do, or it dwelleth near their home until the threat of Allah come to pass. [Al_Quraan_013.031]

To make sure it is not a punishment but a test, we need to have a detail analysis to CHECK the checklist, if we are really following Quraan and Sunnah and without any differences:

1>               Faith:                                           Is it according to Quraan and Authentic Sunnah?

2>               Salaat (Regular 5 Times):      Is it according to Quraan and Authentic Sunnah?

3>               Worshiping Methods:             Is it according to Quraan and Authentic Sunnah?

4>               Sayaam:                                     Is it according to Quraan and Authentic Sunnah?

5>               Zakaat:                                        Is it according to Quraan and Authentic Sunnah?

6>               Hajj:                                             Is it according to Quraan and Authentic Sunnah?

7>               Justice System:                        Is it according to Quraan and Authentic Sunnah?

8>               Dawah:                                       Is it according to Quraan and Authentic Sunnah?

9>               Muslim Unity:                            Is it according to Quraan and Authentic Sunnah?

10>           All other matters:                      Is it according to Quraan and Authentic Sunnah?


Avoid Great Mistake that “I am Right”.


Great Sins:

Any single act we do against what Allah is mentioned in Quraan is a Great Sin.


Committers of only one Great Sins:

Generally Muslim believes that he or she is only doing one great sin, rest is fine, since he or she is not committing any other sin.

Iblees was the first committer. [Al_Quraan_002.034]

People of Shueyb (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) [Al_Quraan_012.084]

People of Musa (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) about Sabbath [Al_Quraan_007.163]

People of Lut (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) [Al_Quraan_007.080-084]

Etc.


Allah wants us to be United Perfectly:

If you DIFFER in anything (Faith, Salaat, Sayaam, Zakaat, Hajj, etc.) amongst yourself, then REFER to Allah and his Messenger, if you really believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for determinations. [Al_Quraan_004.059]

Weather you believe or not, our Foundation (Worshipping Method) is widely divided into several sects. Not only every group, believing on, that they are right, BUT every person practically believe that he is right, and perfect, so he is acting accordingly.

Check your Faith, Kalimah, Salaat, Sayaam, Zakaat, Hajj, etc (Every Act including Worship). Think again, why you are different from other Muslims. First see yourself, may be you are not Correct.

Only No Innovations, No Additions or Subtractions in our Faith, Kalimah, Salaat, Sayaam, Zakaat, Hajj, etc. will bring us to Perfect Unity.

Cross Marriage between Arabs and Non-Arabs might be very helpful to come closer.


Change yourself NOW before it gets too LATE:

Verily Allah will never change the condition of a people until they (first) change it themselves. [Al_Quraan_013.011]

Enter into Islam whole-heartedly, and follow not the footsteps of the evil one. (Al_Quraan_002.208)


Forgiveness:

If any of you did evil in ignorance (without knowing it), and thereafter repented, and amend (his conduct), lo! He is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. (Al_Quraan_006.054)

(Asked Allah to forgive you and never ever think to do it again, otherwise it will be like a joke with Allah)


May Allah Forgive all Muslims. AMEEN.

May Allah UNITE all Muslims. AMEEN.


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