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Message from Jamiat JHB – Natural Disasters

Message from the Ameer of the Jamiatul Ulama
Natural Disasters
Every so often our attention is drawn to the unfolding of such events that have resulted in the loss of hundreds or thousands of lives and wreckage in the lives of thousands of others as has happened in Japan recently. Droughts, floods, erupting volcanoes, tornadoes, typhoons, earthquakes and their like have been seen to wreak havoc in the lives of millions of people. 

While there is no way of denying that these events we witness form part of what is described as natural geographical phenomena, we must look beyond. The system through which these events unfold can be traced and identified in many ways. Their development can be plotted and predicted to a certain extent and their conclusion can be explained using scientific theory that makes much sense.

It must however be remembered that the system through which these ‘natural phenomena or disaster’ occur is not a system that came to exist on its own, nor does it continue to exist in its own right.

Allah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) created everything in a specific way and with specific systems under which they function. Additionally, the systems of nature, created by Allah are subject to the Will of Allah and are not disinclined or indisposed to change or operating in a manner other than what they would be expected to. Allah is the Creator and Controller of everything.

Allah (subhanahu wa ta’aala) often uses the components of nature to remind us of His Power and Greatness. Allah reminds that we must turn to Him and worship only Him. He warns us that we must submit to His will and be conscientious in our obedience to Him.

Disobedience of Allah results in difficulties (including ‘natural’ disasters’) coming upon us and turning to Allah can avert possible afflictions.

May Allah (azza wa jalla) make it possible for us to see the trust. May He guide us to turn to Him in worship and repentance. May He accept our ibaadah and guide us in all that we do. Aameen.

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