“Natural disasters” are undoubtedly a punishment from Almighty Allah (SWT) upon those who continuously disobey Him and spread fasaad (corruption) on the earth, such as pornography, idol worship, homosexuality and paedophilia etc.
The proof for this is evident in the way in which Allah (SWT) used to deal with past nations such as ‘Aad (from Yemen), Thamood (between Hijaaz and Tabook, Saudi Arabia) and the People of Loot.
Allah (SWT) says: “Have you not seen how your Lord dealt with ‘Aad?”“Of the (city of) Iram, with lofty pillars.”“The like of which was never created in any land.” (EMQ al-Fajr, 89: 6-8)
Despite their tall, strong and lofty buildings, Allah (SWT) showed them who the Most Powerful was by sending them blasts of wind, destroying all things by the command of its Lord until there was nothing left except their dwellings: “They (the People of ‘Aad) said: “Have you come to turn us away from our aaliha (false gods)? Then bring us that with which you threaten us (destruction), if you are one of the truthful!”“He (Hood) said: ‘The knowledge (of the time of its coming) is with Allah only, and I convey to you that wherewith I have been sent, but I see that you are a people given to ignorance!’”“Then, when they saw it as a dense cloud coming towards their valleys, they said: “This is a cloud bringing us rain!” Nay, but it is that (torment) which you were asking to be hastened! A wind wherein is a painful torment!”“Destroying everything by the Command of its Lord! So they became such that nothing could be seen except their dwellings! Thus do We recompense the people who are Mujrimoon (polytheists, disbelievers, sinners, etc.)!” (EMQ al-Ahqaaf, 46: 22-25)
“Verily, We sent against them (‘Aad) a furious wind of harsh voice on a day of evil omen and continuous calamity.”“Plucking out men as if they were uprooted stems of date-palms.” (EMQ al-Qamar, 54: 19-20)
Thus, Allah (SWT) does punish those who disobey Him, spread corruption and declare war upon the believers. Furthermore, the Messenger Muhammad (SAW) said: “Beware of the supplication of the oppressed! For there is no barrier (veil) between him and Allah (i.e. it will be answered immediately).” (Al-Bukhaari and Muslim)
With the enemies of Islam committing crime after crime against the believers in Islam, it is no surprise at all to see Allah (SWT) responding to the supplications of the believers and inflicted severe pain, financial loss and destruction upon nations such as the USA. We ask Allah (SWT) not to punish us with the wrong doers, and to accept any Muslim who dies due to a “natural disaster” as shaheed (a martyr).
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