Why Calamities and Destructions are Happenning to Muslims?
By: Mohamad Sharis Abdul Karim
Dear brothers, one question that may arise in our mind is why are
these calamities, and destructions happenning to muslims. Yes, indeed
the opressosrs are the wrong doers. They make destruction and kill
muslims and steal their properties. On the other side, it is worth
for us to look on ourselves so that we can improve our weaknesses.
I would like to recite one hadith…and I don’t intend
to elaborate on it. Let us hear and we judge it ourselves.
The companion ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Abbaas r.a., narrated
that the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said: “Five
matters result when five things happen: If people break their covenant
with Allaah, He will send an enemy against them; If they rule by
other than the Law of Allaah, poverty will spread among them; If
they become deceptive in trade, Allaah will deprive them of crops
and they will be struck with famine; And if they withhold the payment
of Zakaah, they will be struck with drought.” [At- Tabaraani]
In another narration he sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said:
“If they break the covenant of Allaah and His Messenger, Allaah
will send an external enemy against them who will seize some of
their possessions; If they do not rule by the Book of Allaah, nor
attempt to implement everything in it, Allaah will spread enmity
Conversely, obeying Allaah and His Messenger sallallaahu ‘alaihi
wa sallam is the source of victory. Allaah says “O
you who have believed, if you support Allaah, He will support you
[by giving you victory].” [Surah
Muhammad Ayah 7]
Indeed, Allah give victory to those who deserve it. And most of
the times defeat comes from ourselves.
One night, Sa’d Ibn Abi Waqqaas, may Allaah be pleased with
him, was checking on his army during the battle of Qaadisiyyah.
He passed by the tent of one group of soldiers at night and found
the men inside praying Qiyaam, or voluntary night-prayer, and remarked:
‘Victory comes from such a tent’ then he passed by another
tent and found the men inside sleeping and remarked: ‘Defeat
comes from such a tent.’ This was despite the fact that the
men who were sleeping only missed a recommended prayer and not an
obligatory one; yet Sa’d considered missing this recommended
act to be a reason for defeat.
Let us avoid destructions, disasters and humiliation. Muslims have
experienced to many appalling tragedy in their own land, It was
Bosnia, and now Palestine, and tomorrow we never know whose turn.
The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam was once asked:
“Would we be punished by disasters which befall us while we
have righteous people amongst us?’ he sallallaahu ‘alaihi
wa sallam replied: “Yes, if evil becomes widespread.”
Allaah says clearly on this issue in al Quraan:
“And fear the Fitnah (affliction and trial, etc.)
which affects not in particular (only) those of you who do wrong
(but it may afflict all the good and the bad people), and know that
Allâh is Severe in punishment". [Surah
Al-Anfaal Ayah 25]
Therefore, if Muslims truly wish for safety from destruction and
given victory, then they must change and improve what is in themselves
as Allaah says that which translates as:
“For each (person), there are angels in succession,
before and behind him. They guard him by the Command of Allâh.
Verily! Allâh will not change the good condition of a people
as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves.
But when Allâh wills a people's punishment, there can be no
turning back of it, and they will find besides Him no protector.”
[Surah Ar-Ra’d Ayah 11]