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Not a calamity, but a gift!

“And we will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient,muslims Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “indeed we belong to allah , and indeed to him we will return.Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided.” Q2: 157

NOWADAYS, Muslims are afflicted with many calamities. Some of the causes include: (1) Wisdom of Allah, in what He wills and decrees; (2) Sins and acts of disobedience, whether minor or major sins, or whether it is committed by a person or other people.

Allah, may test the people with calamity by way of requital and immediate punishment. On these Allah says: “…but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself” (Q 4:79). That is, because of your sin. Also see (Q42:30). Anas (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “If Allah wills good for His slave, He hastens his punishment in this world, and if He wills bad for His slave, He withholds from him (the punishment for) his sin, until He requites him for it on the Day of Resurrection.” (at-Tirmidhi (2396); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Sahiih at-Tirmidhi).

(3) Tests and trials from Allah see (Q 2:155-157). Anas ibn Maalik (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Great reward comes with great trials. When Allah loves a people, He tests them, and whoever accepts it attains His pleasure, whereas whoever shows discontent with it incurs His wrath.” (at-Tirmidhi 2396; classed as sahiih by al-Albaani in as-Silsilah as-Sahiihah, no. 146) (4) As a result of the evil plan of the enemies (5) As a result of the Muslim’s lackadaisical attitude to Islamic and modern knowledge (6) As a result of the Muslim’s negligence of their religion etc.

However, according to Islamic sources, of the aforementioned causes, the one that is more likely responsible for this sorry situation is the Muslim’s negligence of their religion individually and collectively. Because, apart from the first point mentioned above other points falls under it (that is, the Muslim’s negligence of their religion). Therefore, the way out is to return to Allah because, Allah says: “Allah will not change the condition of a people as long as they do not change their state themselves.” (Ar-Ra‘d: 11).

In this age, the calamity is actually great for the Muslim nation, but it remains and indisputable fact that the affairs of the Muslim nation will never be set aright except by the provision of Islam.

So, blaming the enemies of Islam for these calamities does not in any way absolve the Muslims from being responsible for their own woes, for how will the Muslims expect the unbelievers to solve their problems for them if they themselves fail to do so through the provision of Islam?

The solution therefore lies with total submission to the will of Allah. Whenever a calamity afflicts a Muslim, the first step to take is to have a sincere repentance. Every Muslim needs to have a sincere repentance. Muslims should also unite.


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