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Catastrophes – The Sunnah Of Allah. by Taamas111 (m): 3:27pm on January 12
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

What are Allah's Sunnah? How can we relate
destruction in Muslim area by earthquake to
destruction in non-Muslim place such as

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of
the Worlds. I testify that there is none
worthy of worship except Allah, and that
Muhammad is His slave and Messenger, may
Allah exalt his mention as well as that of his
family and all his companions.
Linguistically, Sunnah means the way,
therefore the Sunnah of Allah is His Way.

The destruction by earthquakes or
hurricanes and tornados, or other
catastrophes is one of Allah's Sunnan in this
planet Earth, He afflicts whichever country
He wishes. This is either a way of reminding
people with His Might so that they will fear
Him, whether they are Muslims or non-
Muslims, and then they would repent to Him
and return to Him, or a way of warning so
that the disobedient people will take heed
and regain their senses and stop disobeying
Him, or is a punishment for acts of
disobedience which took place before.
Earthquakes are one of the soldiers of Allah;
Allah Says (what means):
{ And to Allah belong the soldiers of the
heavens and the earth. }[Quran 48:4].
{ And none knows the soldiers of your Lord
except Him. }[Quran 74:31].
Hence, the destruction could afflict Muslim
countries and non-Muslim countries, this is
for great wisdoms which only Allah Knows.

It is not possible for us to compare between
the two incidents or give reason for their
occurrence, what we are obliged to do,
however, is to know that this is from Allah's
Will, and that He did this for a wisdom
which not all of us know.
Nonetheless, it should be mentioned, that
there is a great difference between the
Muslims and the non-Muslims who die in the
earthquake and other catastrophes.
The non-
Muslims who die are eternally in Hellfire and
eternally tortured, but the Muslims who die
in these catastrophes will enter Paradise,
Inshaa' Allah, and they might be included
amongst the martyrs mentioned in authentic
narrations. The Prophet said: " There are
seven categories of martyrs beside those
killed in the cause of Allah: 1) A person who
is killed in an epidemic, 2) a person who is
drowned, 3) a person who has bed sores that
cause fever and a bad cough resulting in his
death, 4) a person who dies of a stomach
disease, 5) a person who dies in a fire, 6) a
person who dies under falling debris (in a
disaster), and 7) a woman who dies during
childbirth. " [Ahmad, Abu Daawood, An-
Nasaa'i and Ibn Maajah]

Allah Knows best.


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