If Allah (swt) is the "All Loving", why does he allow natural disasters and pandemics to affect this world?

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edited Apr 26 '12 at 18:42 NesreenA ♦ 199722 NesreenA's gravatar image

In life, we are crossing a bridge to the after life. We face difficulties. The way we deal with these difficulties determines where the bridge is leading.

Difficulties teach us to grow and become stronger. It gives us the chance to show our humanity and compassion.

If there were no difficulties in life, then we are in heaven? do we really deserve heaven? How you live determines. Scientifically speaking, there are huge explosions happening inside the planet, with loud sounds, heat, that Allah protected us from. If the pressure keeps going without frequent outlets, it will explode. It is a law by Allah and this is how the earth is balanced. Also, Allah made the good general and the evil an exception. For example, He provides health to a person for his whole life except when he is old. He became sick after health and death after living.

If you face a difficulty, face it with patience, persistence, gratefulness to Allah and you shall be happy and fulfilled. In conclusion, we are in this life to face difficulties, learn from them, be as good as we can deserve going to heaven.

May Allah bliss you

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answered 232 Cloud's gravatar image

To taste your faith! You should have equally ask why is rain falling?

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answered 101 wasgu20's gravatar image
edited Jan 31 '12 at 01:04

I dont believe any man or woman who walks this earth can answer this some things are not meant for us to know but be assured Allah knows what he is doing We just have to be thankful that when natural disaster hits we were spared from such tragic happening Alhamdulilah!

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answered 12 Fatima%202012's gravatar image

and we are not in al ganah "haven" we still on earth, what would be the difference between al ganah and the lower life "al donia" if there is no problems in earth that is my opinion and allah a3lam "god is knower "

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answered 21 mohamed's gravatar image

arises from desire and emotions of anger, dispute, disharmony and groups actions like thugs, political motivation, greed. Muslims are a wonderful lovely people who may have been unfairly instigated by political for economic, dispute and security intent. Look at the bruneians, a muslim country of so peace loving. A loving mind that contradict Allah teaching of harmony creates disaster that may not necessarily takes place now, in may be near future depending on the degree of severity. May peace be upon all.

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answered 151 Amitayus's gravatar image

Praise be to Allaah.

Yes, there is great wisdom behind calamities, including the following:

1 – To attain true submission and servitude (‘uboodiyyah) to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds.

Many people are slaves to their whims and desires and are not true slaves of Allaah. They say that they are slaves of Allaah, but when they are tested they turn on their heels and lose out in this world and in the Hereafter, and that is an evident loss. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And among mankind is he who worships Allaah as it were upon the edge (i.e. in doubt): if good befalls him, he is content therewith; but if a trial befalls him he turns back on his face (i.e. reverts to disbelief after embracing Islam). He loses both this world and the Hereafter. That is the evident loss”

[al-Hajj 22:11]

2 – Trials prepare the believers to prevail on earth

It was said to Imam al-Shaafa’i (may Allaah have mercy on him): Which is better, patience or tests or prevailing? He said: Prevailing is the level attained by the Prophets, and there can be no prevailing except after trials. If a person is tried he will become patient, and if he remains patient he will prevail.

3 – Expiation of sins

al-Tirmidhi (2399) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Trials will continue to befall the believing man or woman in himself, his child and his wealth until he meets Allaah with no sin on him.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2399), classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 2280.

It was narrated that Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) “When Allaah wills good for His slave, He hastens the punishment for him in this world, and when Allaah wills ill for His slave, he withholds the punishment for his sins from him his sin until he comes with all his sins on the Day of Resurrection.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2396); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (1220).

4 – Attainment of reward and a rise in status

Muslim (2572) narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The believer is not harmed by a thorn or anything greater, but Allaah will raise him in status thereby, or erase a sin thereby.”

5 – Calamities provide an opportunity to think about one's faults and shortcomings and past mistakes.

Because if it is a punishment, what was the sin?

6 – Calamity is a lesson in Tawheed, faith and trust in Allaah

It shows you in a practical sense what you really are, so you will realize that you are a weak slave, and you have no strength and no power except with your Lord, then you will put your trust in Him in a true sense, and will turn to Him in a true sense, and put aside your position, pride, arrogance, self-admiration and heedlessness, and you will understand that you are poor and in need of your Lord, and you are weak and need to turn to the Most Strong, the Almighty, may He be glorified.

Ibn al-Qayyim said:

Were it not that Allaah treats His slaves with the remedy of trials and calamities, they would transgress and overstep the mark. When Allaah wills good for His slaves, He gives him the medicine of calamities and trials according to his situation, so as to cure him from all fatal illnesses and diseases, until He purifies and cleanses him, and then makes him qualified for the most honourable position in this world, which is that of being a true slave of Allaah (‘uboodiyyah), and for the greatest reward in the Hereafter, which is that of seeing Him and being close to Him. End quote.

Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/195

7 – Calamities drive out self-admiration from our hearts and bring them closer to Allaah

Ibn Hajr said: Yoonus ibn Bukayr narrated in Ziyaadaat al-Maghaazi that al-Rabee’ ibn Anas said: A man said on the day of Hunayn: “We will never be defeated today for lack of numbers.” That upset the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and then they were defeated.

Ibn al-Qayyim said in Zaad al-Ma’aad (3/477):

In His wisdom, Allaah decreed that the Muslims should first taste the bitterness of defeat, despite their great numbers and adequate equipment and strength, so as to humble some people who felt proud as a result of the conquest of Makkah and who had not entered His land and His sanctuary as the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had entered it, bending his head whilst riding his horse to the extent that his chin almost touched the saddle, out of humbleness before his Lord.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And that Allaah may test (or purify) the believers (from sins) and destroy the disbelievers”

[Aal ‘Imraan 3:141]

al-Qaasimi (4/239) said:

i.e., to cleanse them and purify them of sin and of pride and arrogance. He also cleanses them of the hypocrites, and make them stand out distinct from them… then He mentions another reason, which is “to destroy the disbelievers”, for if they prevail they will transgress and overstep the mark, which will be the cause of their downfall and destruction. The laws of Allaah dictate that when He wants to destroy His enemies and erase them, he makes available to them the means which will lead to their doom and eradication, among the greatest of which, after their kufr, is their transgression and tyranny in persecuting, opposing and fighting His close friends… Allaah destroyed those who waged war against the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) on the day of Uhud and persisted in kufr. End quote.

8 – To demonstrate the true nature of people, for there are people whose virtue is unknown until calamity strikes

al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad said: As long as people are doing fine, their true nature is concealed, but when calamity strikes, their true natures are revealed, so the believer resorts to his faith and the hypocrite resorts to his hypocrisy.

Al-Bayhaqi narrated in al-Dalaa’il that Abu Salamah said: Many people were confused – i.e., after the Isra’ – and some people came to Abu Bakr and told him. He said: “I bear witness that he is telling the truth.” They said: “Do you believe that he went to Syria in one night then came back to Makkah?” He said: “Yes, and I believe him in more than that, I believe what he says of the Revelation that comes to him from heaven.” And because of that he was named al-Siddeeq.

9 – Calamities strengthen people’s resolve

Allaah chose for His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) a hard life filled with all kinds of hardship from a young age, in order to prepare him for the great mission that awaited him, which none could bear but the strongest of men, who have gone through hardship and who are tested with calamities and bear them with patience.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was born an orphan, then it was not long before his mother died too.

Allaah reminded the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) of that when He said (interpretation of the meaning):

“Did He not find you O Muhammad) an orphan and give you a refuge?”

[al-Duha 93:6]

It is as if Allaah wanted to prepare the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to bear responsibility and endure hardship from an early age.

10 – Another reason behind calamities and hardship is that a person becomes able to distinguish between true friends and friends who only have their own interests at heart.

11 – Calamities remind you of your sins so that you can repent from them.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allaah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself”

[al-Nisa’ 4:79]

“And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much”

[al-Shoora 42:30]

Calamities offer an opportunity to repent before the greater punishment comes on the Day of Resurrection. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And verily, We will make them taste of the near torment (i.e. the torment in the life of this world, i.e. disasters, calamities) prior to the supreme torment (in the Hereafter), in order that they may (repent and) return (i.e. accept Islam)”

[al-Sajdah 32:21]

The “near torment” is hardship in this world and bad things that happen to a person.

If life continues to be easy, a person may become conceited and arrogant, and think that he has no need of Allaah, so by His mercy He tests people so that they may return to Him.

12 – Calamities show you the true nature of this world and its transience, and that it is temporary conveniences, and shows us that true life is that which is beyond this world, in a life in which there is no sickness or exhaustion.

“Verily, the home of the Hereafter that is the life indeed (i.e. the eternal life that will never end), if they but knew”

[al-‘Ankaboot 29:64]

But this life is just hardship and exhaustion.

“Verily, We have created man in toil”

[al-Balad 90:4]

13 – Calamities remind you of the great blessings of good health and ease.

This calamity shows you in the clearest way the meaning of health and ease that you enjoyed for many years, but did not taste their sweetness or appreciate them fully.

Calamities remind you of blessings and the One Who bestows them, and cause you to thank and praise Allaah for His blessings.

14 – Longing for Paradise

You will never long for Paradise until you taste the bitterness of this world. How can you long for Paradise when you are content with this world?

This is some of the wisdom behind calamities, and the interests attained by them, and the wisdom of Allaah is great indeed.

All people should know that Allaah is All Wise, and that there is great wisdom behind His commands and decrees. He may let His slaves or some of them know the wisdom behind them, or it may be concealed from them as a test and a trial.

What He decrees in general matters happens for a general reason, such as sending the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Allaah has told us that He sent him as a Mercy to the worlds. And similarly He created the jinn and mankind so that they might believe in Him and worship Him alone.

Ibn Taymiyah said:

Based on this, everything that He does, we know that there is wisdom behind it. This is sufficient for us in general terms, even if we do not know the details. Our lack of knowledge about the details of His wisdom is like our lack of knowledge about the details of His Essence. Just as it is proven that His attributes are perfect but we cannot know how His Essence is, so we do not reject what we know and are sure of (that He is perfect) because of what we do know (the details of His perfection). Similarly we know that He is All-Wise in all that He does and commands. The fact that we may not know the wisdom behind some minor decrees and issues should not undermine the basic principle of what we know of His wisdom. So we should not deny what we know of His wisdom because we do not know all the details of His wisdom. We know that whoever realizes the brilliance of mathematicians, doctors and grammarians but does not share their attributes by virtue of which they deserve prominence, cannot criticize what they say because he does not comprehend what they are saying. People are less likely to understand the wisdom of Allaah in His creation than the common man is to understand mathematics, medicine and grammar. So objecting to Allaah’s wisdom is more ignorant and the one who does that is worse off than an ignorant man who criticizes mathematics, medicine and grammar without having any knowledge of these disciplines.

Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 6/128

Undoubtedly in Allaah’s allowing children to suffer there is great wisdom which may be hidden from some people, thus they object to the Divine decree and the Shaytaan takes advantage of this issue to turn him away from the truth and right guidance.

Among the reasons why Allaah allows children to suffer are the following:

1- It is a means to show that the child is sick or in pain; if it were not for that suffering it would not be known what sickness he is suffering from.

2- The crying that is caused by the pain brings great benefits to the child’s body.

3- Learning lessons: the family of this child may be committing haraam actions or neglecting obligatory duties, but when they see the suffering of their child, that prompts them to give up those haraam actions such as consuming riba, committing zina, not praying or smoking, especially if the child’s suffering is due to an illness that they caused, as happens in the case of some of the haraam things mentioned above.

4- Thinking about the Hereafter, for there is no true happiness and peace except in Paradise; there is no suffering and pain there, only good health, well-being and happiness. And thinking about Hell, for that is the abode of eternal and never-ending pain and suffering. So one will do that which will bring him nearer to Paradise and take him further away from Hell.

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah said:

Then think about the wisdom of Allaah in causing children to cry a lot, and the benefits that that brings to them. The doctors and naturalists have attested to the benefits of that and the wisdom behind it. They said: There is moisture in children’s brains which, if it were to remain in their brains, would cause a great deal of harm. So crying draws that moisture out and drains it from their brains, which makes them stronger and healthier.

Moreover, crying and yelling widens the breathing passages and veins, and strengthens them, and it strengthens the nerves.

How greatly do children benefit from the crying and yelling that we hear from them. If this is the wisdom with regard to crying that is caused by pain and the wisdom behind this never crossed your mind, the same applies to the suffering of children and its causes and good consequences. There is a great deal of wisdom that may be hidden from most of the people and they are greatly confused about it.

Miftaah Daar al-Sa’aadah, 2/228.

He also said:

These pains are one of the inherent features of man’s development from which no man or animal can be free. If man were free of pain he would not be a man, rather he would be an angel or some other creature.

Children’s pain is not more difficult than the pain experienced by grownups, but grownups have become accustomed to pain so it is no longer a big issue for them. What a great difference there is between what a child suffers and what a rational adult suffers.

All of that is one of the main aspects of the human condition. If man were not created like that he would be a different creature. What do you think if a child gets hungry or thirsty or cold or tired – is it something that he was singled out for and tested with that the grownups are not tested with? Man – and indeed animals – have been created on this basis.

They said: If someone were to ask: Why has man been created thus? Why was he not created without this vulnerability to pain and suffering?

This is a flawed question, because Allaah has created him in a world of trials from a weak substance. So he is vulnerable to diseases and suffering, and Allaah has created him in such a way that he is vulnerable to all kinds of pain…

The fact that these pains and pleasures coexist is one of the signs of the Hereafter, for divine wisdom has decreed that there should be two abodes: an abode that is devoted fully to pleasure, in which there is no pain at all, and an abode that is devoted fully to pain in which there is no pleasure at all. The former abode is Paradise and the latter abode is Hell.

Miftaah Daar al-Sa’aadah, 2/230, 231.

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answered 1051 Abdullah1's gravatar image

Aslam Alykum

Allah make a disaster on people when he is angry from them, to make them return to Allah rights.

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answered 521 Hazem_tawfik's gravatar image
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I find some of the teachings in Islam extremely disturbing. First of all, if you are a disbeliever when the prophets were alive they did not desrtoy the disbelievers especially Jesus as a prophet he taught the nation and if they did not wish to believe then jesus left them alone, he did not destroy them as you quoted here - Ibn al-Qayyim said:

Were it not that Allaah treats His slaves with the remedy of trials and calamities, they would transgress and overstep the mark. When Allaah wills good for His slaves, He gives him the medicine of calamities and trials according to his situation, so as to cure him from all fatal illnesses and diseases, until He purifies and cleanses him, and then makes him qualified for the most honourable position in this world, which is that of being a true slave of Allaah (‘uboodiyyah), and for the greatest reward in the Hereafter, which is that of seeing Him and being close to Him. End quote.

Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/195

7 – Calamities drive out self-admiration from our hearts and bring them closer to Allaah

Ibn Hajr said: Yoonus ibn Bukayr narrated in Ziyaadaat al-Maghaazi that al-Rabee’ ibn Anas said: A man said on the day of Hunayn: “We will never be defeated today for lack of numbers.” That upset the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and then they were defeated.

Ibn al-Qayyim said in Zaad al-Ma’aad (3/477):

In His wisdom, Allaah decreed that the Muslims should first taste the bitterness of defeat, despite their great numbers and adequate equipment and strength, so as to humble some people who felt proud as a result of the conquest of Makkah and who had not entered His land and His sanctuary as the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had entered it, bending his head whilst riding his horse to the extent that his chin almost touched the saddle, out of humbleness before his Lord.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And that Allaah may test (or purify) the believers (from sins) and destroy the disbelievers”

[Aal ‘Imraan 3:141]

al-Qaasimi (4/239) said:

i.e., to cleanse them and purify them of sin and of pride and arrogance. He also cleanses them of the hypocrites, and make them stand out distinct from them… then He mentions another reason, which is “to destroy the disbelievers”, for if they prevail they will transgress and overstep the mark, which will be the cause of their downfall and destruction. The laws of Allaah dictate that when He wants to destroy His enemies and erase them, he makes available to them the means which will lead to their doom and eradication, among the greatest of which, after their kufr, is their transgression and tyranny in persecuting, opposing and fighting His close friends… Allaah destroyed those who waged war against the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) on the day of Uhud and persisted in kufr. End quote.

In christianity we believe that nobody should steal your Joy and that if your Joy and happiness is stolen it is the enemy.

With god being a Jealous God, god is actually angered at all the hatred, lies, deceipt, treachery, anger, lesbians, gays, Black-Magic-Wrath Beast Theology and all other sin that is on the eart as Satan which is a fallen angel from Heaven threw a spirit of disbeilief over the nation so those who beileved in god and his prophet, went up and those who did not went down.

I don't know about Islam but Jesus died on the cross and went through pain but he certainly did not wish for us to go through Pain and I agree this is morally disgusting whoever believes in this, they really need to think about what they are preaching because no - one wants their children to cry? U can cleanse someone of sin by praying and fasting if they go to a Pentecostal church if anything is wrong there is something called Delieverance where if any evil thinking or even disbelif is present they need to be delivered from this through prayer the kind of thing that you people are preaching I believe is scaring people away from religion. If you are a non-believer why see his/her as a kufr - why not pray for them isn't that what Jesus did? He did not go round saying you or you, are a disbeliever did he not pray for them and preach the gospel and those who did not believe he left them alone and those who believed as long as they prayed to God through his name they would enter Paradise another thing which Muslims don't believe is tha Jesus is the Son Of God - God blew life into Mary - Mary concieved Jesus - Jesus perfrmed Miracles and Jesus died on the cross - no ther person becuaseif there was why don't muslims know the person who died on the cross then. Everybody has a body and a spirit without these none of us can live. When our physical body is dead our spirit lives on and this is what happened to Jesus - they killed him on the cross, his spirit went down into the darkest pits of Hell called Sheol and fought with Satan to set the captives free and when all the captives were set free i.e thieves, murderers, prostitutes e.t.c. Jesus rose again his spirit that is and that is when the holy spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecoste and everybody was in shock that they killed Jesus but roase again - Jesus was the only prophet that performed Miracles no other prophet did this becuase of the immaculate conception of how he was born he was born immaculate conception through Mary and came in the form of man to preach the gospel - Muslims don't recognise and do not want to believe this. Also The holy spirit is mentioned in the Quran and Christianity - however muslims don't acknoweldge it as much as christianity you should have the gift of the Holy Spirit. There are nine spiritual gifts in the bible and when Jesus was in danger dreams and visions were shown Mary and Joseph fled to safety Dreams and visions in the bible are recognised as part of the nine spiritual gifts they are a gift of prophesy - gift of knowledge e.tc nine allowing you to see visions dreams these are gifts from god give to man to be able to spiritually see and not be blind and without the Holy spirit people are walking blindly with scales over their eyes. The holy spirit is mentioned in the quran but is not used the same way as Christianity and this is extremely disturbing as god gave nine spiritual gifts for a purpose and to ignore them is like walking in unbelief - no matter what religion teaches what - It is in the Quran and in the bible and further proof if you want to finf out more is to definitely go to a Pentecsostal Church and if this does not satisfy you - watch a programme called A Muslim Journey To Hope where even Imams have changed to christianity because they saw visions from God and they were definitely not satanic. People will choose their own beliefs that is not a problem because Jesus left the unbelievers alone howevere there is an after-life and if you do not believe in God and the teachings of Jesus when the angel if death comes to take your life - the angel of death will als you what you did on earth and if more bad weighs than good then your sould will end up going down into hell- the gates of hell will open. If you still don't believe I will say one thing - There are no unbelievers in Hell - Satan was in heaven and was kicked out of heaven into hell because of Sin. That's why there are no unbelievers in Hell so if you would like to be prayed for please go to a Pentecostal church in or around your area so they can pray blessings into your life.

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Probably because He doesn't exist.

Seriously, there is no possible justification.

The explanations listed above can only be those of a jealous, pernicious god.

Allowing children to suffer because it benefits their bodies. Please give me some scientific proof for this.

In fact, who even cares? To be okay with this sort of thing is morally disgusting.

Have a good hard look at yourself.

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I do not agree with you

(Feb 14 '12 at 19:53) Al Ummat ♦ Al%20Ummat's gravatar image
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