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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 24th May 2020 21:27
CALAMITIES, DISASTERS, DIFFICULTIES, TRIALS, ETC.

Allah Ta'ala declares:

"And whatever strikes you of calamities – it is due to what YOUR own hands have earned (i.e. misdeeds); although He overlooks much." (42:30)

"And verily, We will make them taste of the near lighter torment prior to the greater torment (32:21)

In the Tafseer of Ibn Katheer it is related that Hadhrat Ibn Abbas (radhiyallahu anhu) said regarding the aforementioned verse:

"The near torment means diseases and problems in this world, and the things that happen to its people as a test from Allah to His servants so that they will repent to Him."

These verses are general and apply to everyone, except the sinless (and virtually sinless) such as the Prophets (alayhis salaam). The trials and tribulations of Prophets, rather than cleansing their non-existent sins, serve instead to raise their ranks and also as an inspiration for their Ummah and future nations.

As for the rest of us who are sinful (i.e. virtually everyone), we should reflect on the verses above, introspect, do Tawbah, and resolve sincerely to abstain from the sins which have caused trials and calamities to descend upon us.

Allah’s Punishment is commensurate with the crime. The worse the crime, the greater the calamity.

Remember! Far far worse than sins are justification (Halaalization) of those sins, and even worse than justification of those sins is propagating your justification by which the doors are opened for others to also soothe their consciences while sinning. The trick of hiding behind scholars who legalize (Halaalize) doubtful matters does not work with this Divine Rule of calamities.

Humble yourself, repent and turn to Allah wholeheartedly, make proper amends (e.g. Rujoo'), adopt Taqwa (fear of Allah which leads one to abstain from all Haraam and doubtful matters), and you will experience first-hand the Help of Allah and Deliverance from Calamities as guaranteed by Allah Ta’ala:

“Whosoever adopts Taqwa of Allah, He will make a way out for him (from difficulties), and He (Allah) will provide for him from places he (the afflicted person) could never have imagined.” (65:3)

Ibn Abi Haatim narrates in his Tafseer of the verse:

“And whatever strikes you of calamities – it is due to what YOUR own hands have earned (i.e. misdeeds); although He overlooks much.” (42:30)

"When it was revealed, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

"By the one in whose Hands is the soul of Muhammad, there is no scratch from a twig, nor palpitation of a vein, nor a slip of the feet, except (that it occurs) due to a sin. And what Allah overlooks is more."

It needs to be noted that what Allah overlooks pertains to the private sins of a servant which do not affect others. If Allah wills, He may punish. If He wishes, He may pardon.

However, in relation to a sin which infringes on the rights of others, such as a reckless utterance which amounts to slander, or one that is responsible for the misguidance of others, the Sunnah of Allah is that the servant is required to make adequate amends before the calamity that descended as a result is averted. Even the silent bystanders of such a crime can be regarded as complicit and be justly liable for affliction of worldly calamities.

In the Tafseer of at-Tabari, it is related that Ibn Abbas (radhiyallahu anhu) said regarding this "lesser punishment":

"The calamities of this Dunya, its diseases (both mental and physical), and its misfortunes (of all forms) with which Allah afflicts his servants UNTIL they repent."

It behoves a servant suffering from disease, tragedies, pain, and the like, to sincerely search within himself, introspect deeply, and seek to make amends immediately, especially for those sins for which he has thus far obstinately refused to acknowledge as sins, before his pain and suffering is multiplied manifold with the arrival of the Greater Torment:

"And verily, We will make them taste of the near lighter punishment prior to the Greater Torment." (32:21)


NOTE: Kitmaanul Haqq (concealing, obscuring or obfuscating the truth), or even aiding others who are guilty of it, is a major sin which would naturally bring down painful calamities on the perpetrator and all those complicit ("innocent" bystanders).
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 28th May 2020 14:36
WHY IS THEIR OPPRESSION ON THIS UMMAH?

THE CAUSES OF OUR MISERY

"...We have closed the doors of mercy upon ourselves and have adopted all those actions which are the sure causes of Allah's wrath.

Is it any wonder that our troubles and problems should not increase and worsen?

Our pious ancestors and elders would not even enter such homes of the non-believers wherein there were pictures. Today we find that we, who came after them, even though claiming to be Muslims have adopted those very unlawful things with which we seek to adorn and beautify our houses.

Consider every teaching of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). See our response thereto and the response of the world around us. You will continue to be increasingly astonished at our disregard of the teachings of Islam!

All that I seek to point out at this stage is that the trials and tribulations we face today are purely as a result of our own doings. It is the cause of our illness and its remedy is supplied by the Rasul of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)- a truthful, trustworthy and expert specialist physician, whose diagnosis and remedial medicine is neither faulty nor will it ever be proven to be incorrect.

This physician has cleary diagnosed our ills and advocated exactly which medicine will be advisable as treatment. Now it is not the work of such a doctor to avoid the causes of the illness nor to treat the illness. If anyone of the patients do not pay attention to the already- given instructions, it is but to his own detriment.

What I want to show here is:

If the Rasul of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is indeed considered by us to be a truthful informer, what great injustice are we not doing to ourselves by knowingly allowing ourselves to be involved in those things which, according to him, most certainly causes our destruction? Why do we still adopt this line of action which causes ourselves great harm and misery? And yet our tongues still proclaim loudly that we are Muslims?

We are exactly like that sick man who suffers from diarrhoea. While his stomach continues to run because of open bowels, he still continues to takepurgative medicines and laxatives. This further aggravates his illness. Now he complains that his stomach does not stop running.

Let someone ask this foolish man: Dear brother, you treat your diarrhea with purgatives. Tell me: Are these medicines supposed to stop the running stomach or to increase it?

Why this oppression?

At this moment we are protesting against the persecution and oppression of the British colonial power in India.

At the same time we fear even more the future government that will take over (from them.) Did not Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) warn us about this? Did he not in very clear terms explain to us the causes of such goverments and actions? Is there any fault in the affectionate love, teachings and warnings of Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)?

May my soul, my father and my mother he sacrificed for him!! Never is it possible that there can be any flaw in his teachings!

He said:

“As you are (as far as your actions are) so will be the rulers that will soon be set over you.” (Mishkat)

Therefore if we desire the best (and most just) government to rule over us, there will be only one way of assuring that. And that is righteous deeds.

Therefore if we desire the best (and most just) government to rule over us, there will be only one way of assuring that. And that is righteous deeds.

In a second Hadeeth it is reported: Abu Darda (Radiallahu anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

“Allah says: I am Allah besides whom there is no Diety, the Master of Kings, King of Kings. Verily the hearts of kings are under the control of My Hands. When My servants obey me, I turn the hearts of kings and rulers towards them so that they rule over them with mercy and kindness and when My servants disobey Me, I turn the hearts of kings and rulers to treat them harshly, with anger and vengeance. Thereby they mete out torture and oppression. Hence do not occupy yourselves with praying for curses upon kings and instead turn to Me in remembrance and with humility. And I will preserve you against the tyranny of the kings.”

Similar guidance is also given in many similar Ahaadeeth...."

(Excerpt from Al-I'tidal of Hadrhat Shaykh Zakariyya Khandhelvi رحمه الله تعالى)
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