Natural Disasters are not always Wrath of Allah

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This post is response to those who are accusing Islam as the religion of Angry God.Talking about recent flood disaster in Pakistan,some claimed that Muslims do not wish to help their brothers who are facing great natural disaster.

*(Saudi Arabia donated 44 Million USD, Turkey donated 11MillionUSD, and most Muslim volunteers worked without talking much!). Islam is being blamed as a religion that taught natural disasters as a punishment from God to Muslims. That is the reason why most Muslims do not help their brothers who are being punished by the God, they said. And that is the reason why I write this post.

Allow me to clarify the punishments mentioned in the Holy Quran. Almost all these punishments are also mentioned in the Old and New Testaments.

Even in Buddhism, which is not monotheism, also mentioned these types of natural disasters as punishment for the deeds done in the previous life.

To make it short, all the religions see natural disasters as a form of reminder from the Creator or whatever cause they believe.

In Islamic teaching, there are many verses and chapters in the Holy Quran mentioned about punishments from Allah SWT. But if you really read the chapters and verses you will find all following similar conditions before Allah SWT punished groups of people.

  1. People or society was doing wrong things (moral, social, spiritual, faith) against teaching of Allah.
  2. Allah always sends a Warner (Prophet) to correct their wrongful act.
  3. People refused to change their wrongful act even after having repeated warnings and signs from Allah.
  4. People showed their arrogance by harming the Prophets who brought the message to them.
  5. Finally because of denial, refusal and arrogance Allah punished that society.

We cannot draw parallel with such events and most of the natural disasters that effects  almost every country of this world today.  Because,

  1. Majority of the affected people are not doing any major sins intentionally
  2. There is no Warner to warn them,
  3. There is no intentional arrogance against the Creator from the (Majority) people who are affected by natural disaster.

So the common natural disasters faced by almost every country now and then, are not punishment from Allah, but test from Allah SWT.Allah also see and judge the way all mankind react to these kinds of tragic disasters. ( Including you and me)

Japan used to face very frequent and powerful earthquakes. They knew very well about underwater earthquake can cause very powerful waves and even they named it as Tsunami. Japanese people prepared very well for earth quakes and Tsunamis and they have very efficient Disaster Management System for any kind of natural disasters. The same example can be given to most of the developed countries. They are able to handle all kind of disasters, from wild fire, snow avalanche, land slide, mud slides, Hurricanes, Cyclones, to Earth Quakes by forming National Disaster management centers. These centers are well funded and well equipped with modern technologies, so that they can even warn their people of impending disasters before it struck.

Now, it is quite clear that natural disasters are not because of an angry God, but it is part of creation, and also a part of the test not only to the sufferer of said disasters, but to those who do good by helping, donating unfortunate people.

Moreover, it is obvious that following are the main causes of lost of lives and misery, and suffering of the millions  people affected by the different kinds of Natural Disasters.

1. Poverty

2. Poor Education.

3. Poor planning, poor infrastructures

4. Poor Governance

5. Mismanagement of country.

Unfortunately, most of the Muslim countries fall into above all categories, which  is why, we see many tragic lost of lives and properties, much more than developed countries whenever  they are struck by a disaster.

As a Burmese Muslim, I would like to remind those who are trying to sow hatred among Burmese people with different faiths, that Islam is nothing to do with misery of people in Pakistan, but their own weakness is the cause of their suffering. Likewise, Allah did not punish more than 100,000 people who lost lives in Cyclone Nargis of Burma, but due to the causes same as I have mentioned above.

We know Allah by his name. Among his names of Allah, the first and foremost after Allah is All Merciful, and following reference are for those who sincerely wish to know more about Allah SWT and his attributes.

Allah is All Merciful, 1:1,1:3,2:160,2.163,2;192,2:226.3:31 …

Allah is Full of Mercy 6:133,6:147,18:58

Allah is Preserver of safety 59:23

Allah Protector 2:107

Allah is Source of Peace 59:23

Allah is Wises of Judges 95:8

Allah’s grace to humanity 1:7,2:231,3:171,3:174,4:69,4:83,4:113,4:175,5;7,5:11,5:20,8:53,11:3,14:11,14:34,16:18,16:53,33:9,37;3,93:11

However Islam is for all mankind, and Alllah SWT is Rab’ of all the worlds and also ETERNAL TRUTH.  Allah’s  laws will be unchanged until the day of Judgment. If following conditions are not observe by any nation,

  1. People or society was doing wrong things (moral, social, spiritual, faith) against teaching of Allah.
  2. Allah always sends a Warner (Prophet) to correct their wrongful act.
  3. People refused to change their wrongful act even after having repeated warnings and signs from Allah.
  4. People showed their arrogance by harming the Prophets who brought the message to them.
  5. Finally because of denial, refusal and arrogance Allah punished that society.

Even mighty nations of the 21 st Century will face the same fate as all the Nations Destroyed by Wrath of Allah clearly stated in the Holy Quran, more than 1400 years ago.

Allah knows the best,

Kyaw Kyaw oo

9 thoughts on “Natural Disasters are not always Wrath of Allah

  1. kyawkyawoo says:

    To Whom it May Concern
    I have deleted your comment because it is against the rules set by moderator of this blog. Your comment is with so much of hatred and blasphemy towards Islam.
    Your comment also demonstrates Ignorance about Islam.
    However i feel that the question you posed was valid if you do not use profanity.
    Allah gives favor to non Muslims ?For this worldly life, Allah gives equal chance to all mankind, and also give the free will to choose. If you work hard to become Astronaut you will have high chance to become one of them. If a country as a whole work hard, that country will prosper, for sure.
    Because Allah is Just. He always give equal chance to Muslims and non Muslim in this life.For the Muslims there is no short cut for prosperity without working hard in education, economy,managements ect.
    However, since Allah shows signs and the Holy Book to all mankind. You are free to choose what you want to believe.
    After seeing signs and if you decide not to believe, than you transgress the Law of Divinity, for that and other deeds that you have done in this life there will be a day of Judgment.On that day Allah will judge you what ever you have done with free will, and that is the day you may get reward or you may need to pay back.
    Allah only misguide the people those are defiantly disobey.

    I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to think deep and try to reflect and ponder. Do not sow hatred so much, it burns your heart.
    Kyaw Kyaw Oo

  2. kyawkyawoo says:

    Salam,
    Thank you for sending the link for petition. My personal opinion is his act is going to be counterproductive.
    All human beings are born with love to Allah, however this kind of arrogance can be seen in people with harden heart. Firauh, people of Lut, and many examples mentioned in the Holy Quran are example of people like Terry Jones.
    People from US are not that dumb as we think. His act will instigate millions of non Muslims to read the Holy Book to find that allegation is True or not.
    Allah protect His Holy book and His dean. Terry Jones, you and I, all are being tested for our action and our choice according to our free will.
    May Allah bless all of us in the Holy Month of Ramadan, forgive the sins of every Muslims.
    regards.
    KKO

  3. James says:

    I am well educated in Islam – most of my friends are EDUCATED Muslims. There’s a considerable difference between them (and like higher class Muslims) versus the average low-brow rabble (the “sons of dogs” for one insult my closest friend always comments upon with respect to jihads) that is almost always in the news for one reason or another.

    However, you seem to focus ONLY on the good things.

    Islam is, by nature, a violent religion if you read the Qur’an and UNDERSTAND it. There are AT LEAST two dozen comments about violence / acting violently / fighting, etc. in the Qur’an outright. There’s at least a dozen more that have more subtle hints to violence. There’s over 500 verses which indicate cruelty – mostly to women.

    I mean what other religion but Islam allows for the selling of preteen girls as sexual slaves due to they’re falling into a lower sect in society.

  4. kyawkyawoo says:

    James, I think you have very shallow knowledge of Islam, however i do not know why you use the word ” well educated in Islam”. Anyway, I am willing to reply any point that you feel Islam is violent, or whatever, but for a vague and hasty generalization of the faith of a Islamophobic, I simply dont have time, Thanks for your comments.

  5. Nadeem Athar says:

    After reading this article whether we discuss natural calamities or other misfortunes in life that mankind is subject to it’s imperative that we realize that misfortunes are not always a punishment from Allah that in some cases they are a test from him but of course he knows with certainty whether they are penalties or tests among mankind unlike us humans.

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