Tsunami Disaster: An Islamic Perspective

For those who want a fuller understanding of the matter we suggest you listen to the following lectures available in www.alkawtharacademy.org: The Signs of Allah (Free Download) The Eclipse The inhabitants of South East Asia alongside thousands of tourists were affected by the violent earthquake that occurred under the sea near northern Indonesia on 26 th December 2004, sending huge waves crashing into coastal regions of many countries.

The catastrophe has touched the hearts of humanity with people from all round the world trying to assist financially. However, the Tsunami disaster has led many people to ask "Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?"

The faith of those who believe in God has been brought into question. In this short address Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq explains the tragedy from an Islamic perspective. He raises the point that although others may question our faith, Muslims should not put their faith into question. He further explains how the limited human mind cannot completely understand the decree of Allah. Furthermore, such disasters are not freak occurrences but a test from Allah, afflicting everyone, good and bad.

Overview of the Disaster

The earthquake that caused the Tsunamis, was the most powerful to hit the earth in 40 years, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale.

The death toll from the devastating tsunamis in Asia has reached 130,000, and The World Health Organization (WHO) says as many as five million people are at risk, with little water, food or shelter. The WHO also reported that diseases could double the natural disaster?s death count before the situation can be stabilized. "Unless the necessary funds are urgently mobilized and coordinated in the field, we could see as many fatalities from diseases as we have seen from the actual disaster itself," said Dr. David Nabarro, head of crisis operations at WHO.

The breakdown of the deathtoll is as follows:
Approximately 94,081 killed in Indonesia
Over 29,744 killed in Sri Lanka
Over 9,451 killed in India
Over 5,046 killed in Thailand
200 killed as far away as Somalia in East Africa
90 killed in Myanmar (Burma)
74 killed in the Maldives
67 killed in Malaysia
10 killed as far away as Tanzania in East Africa
3 killed in Seychelles
2 killed in Bangladesh
1 killed as far away as Kenya in East Africa

The United Nations reported that the disaster would require the biggest relief effort the world has ever seen.

Islamic Relief Worldwide Response

Islamic Relief Worldwide has launched a $10 Million Appeal to aid the victims of the Asia tsunami disaster. Islamic Relief Worldwide?s work is primarily taking place in the three most severely affected countries, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and India.

"By no means shall you attain Al-Birr (piety, righteousness, etc., it means here Allâh's Reward, i.e. Paradise), unless you spend (in Allâh's Cause) of that which you love; and whatever of good you spend, Allâh knows it well". (Âli-'Imrân: 92)

"Say (O Muhammad SAW) to 'Ibâdî (My slaves) who have believed, that they should perform As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât), and spend in charity out of the sustenance We have given them, secretly and openly, before the coming of a Day on which there will be neither mutual bargaining nor befriending". (Ibrahîm: 31)

Narrated By Adi Hatim: Heard the Prophet (upon whom be peace) saying: "Save yourself from Hell-fire even by giving half a date fruit in Charity". (Bukhari: 498)

Narrated By Haritha Wahab: I heard the Prophet (upon whom be peace) saying: "O people! Give in Charity as a time will come upon you when a person will wander about with his object of charity and will not find anybody to accept it, and one (who will be requested to take it) will say, "If you had brought it yesterday, would have taken it, but to-day I am not in need of it." (Bukhari: 492)

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, "Seven people will be shaded by Allah under His shade on the day when there will be no shade except His. They are:
  1. A just ruler;
  2. A young man who has been brought up in the worship of Allah, (i.e. worship Allah (Alone) sincerely from his childhood),
  3. A man whose heart is attached to the mosque (who offers the five compulsory congregational prayers in the mosque);
  4. Two persons who love each other only for Allah's sake and they meet and part in Allah's cause only;
  5. A man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth for an illegal sexual intercourse with her and says: I am afraid of Allah;
  6. A person who practices charity so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (i.e. nobody knows how much he has given in charity).
  7. A person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes get flooded with tears." (Bukhari: 504)
Dear all Nesacisers, we brought this old article from darulislam.info, and republished it here as a good thought. May we learn something from it hopefully... (alumnismpn1ciamis.com)

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