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Friday, 2 September 2016

WARNING SIGNS OF ALLAH: Floods, Fires & Quakes.

Warning Signs of Allah:
Floods, Fires & Quakes

What Else Do We Need To
Change Our Ways?

(M. Javed Naseem)

ٱتَّبِعُواْ مَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكُمْ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَلاَ تَتَّبِعُواْ
مِن دُونِهِ أَوْلِيَآءَ قَلِيلاً مَّا تَذَكَّرُونَ
“Follow (O men!) the revelation given unto
you from your Lord, and follow not, as friends
or protectors, other than Him. Little it is
you remember of admonition.”
(al-Quran 7:3)

Prolonged rains, flash floods, earthquakes, fires and plagues – these are all warning signs from the Almighty Creator. They tell us that God is unhappy with our behavior, actions and lifestyle. We are responsible for all the corruption, injustice and bloodshed in the earth. And if we don’t change that, He is going to ‘change’ us. He can topple our world upside down in a second and a new generation would emerge from the devastation – a generation that would fear Him, obey Him, give thanks to Him by remembering Him and ask for His mercy. And the Most Merciful would bless them.

That’s what we are supposed to do. He warned us not to spread corruption, injustice, disunity and transgression but we did not care. We ignored His commands and His subsequent warning signs of small losses of crops, material and life. Consequently, He will reprimand us with a strike that will get our attention – a bigger disaster.

وَكَم مِّن قَرْيَةٍ أَهْلَكْنَاهَا فَجَآءَهَا بَأْسُنَا بَيَاتاً أَوْ هُمْ قَآئِلُونَ
“How many towns have We destroyed (for their sins)?
Our punishment took them on a sudden by night or
while they slept for their afternoon rest.”
(al-Quran 7:4)

When are we going to wake up? Our revolt is not against Allah, it is against ourselves! We can’t do any harm to Him, we are harming our own cause!

Here are a few verses from the Quran, Surah al-A’raf. These verses refer to the favors and blessings that Allah bestowed upon us from our birth to death. We see how Devil challenged humans to send us astray (eventually to Hellfire where he is destined to go too). He begged Allah to give him respite till the Day of Resurrection and he would prove his point (that man is ungrateful and disobedient to his Creator Lord.

I am convinced that the Devil did make his point. From amongst the 7 billion people of this world, majority of people are disobedient and ungrateful to God. They are responsible for all the corruption, injustice and bloodshed (wars) in this world. They are really defying God and mocking His commandments. So, the Devil was right about them. They deserve the fate of the earlier nations.

Allah reminds us:
وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَاكُمْ ثُمَّ صَوَّرْنَاكُمْ ثُمَّ قُلْنَا لِلْمَلاۤئِكَةِ ٱسْجُدُواْ لِـآدَمَ فَسَجَدُوۤاْ
“It is We Who created you and gave you shape;
then We bade the angels prostrate to Adam,
and they fell prostrate …”
(al-Quran 7:11)

وَلَقَدْ مَكَّنَّاكُمْ فِى ٱلأَرْضِ وَجَعَلْنَا لَكُمْ فِيهَا مَعَايِشَ قَلِيلاً مَّا تَشْكُرُونَ
“It is We Who have placed you with authority on earth,
and provided you therein with means for the fulfillment
of your life. Small are the thanks that you give!”
(al-Quran 7:10)

So, which of the favors of Allah are we going to deny then? From the birth until now He has been bestowing His mercy and blessings upon us. He expects only one thing from us and that is “righteousness”. And the righteousness can only be achieved through His obedience and remembrance!

يَابَنِيۤ آدَمَ قَدْ أَنزَلْنَا عَلَيْكُمْ لِبَاساً يُوَارِى
 سَوْءَاتِكُمْ وَرِيشاً وَلِبَاسُ ٱلتَّقْوَىٰ ذٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ
ذٰلِكَ مِنْ آيَاتِ ٱللَّهِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَذَّكَّرُونَ
“O you Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment
upon you to cover your shame, as well as to be an
adornment to you. But the raiment of righteousness,
that is the best. Such are among the Signs of Allah,
that they may receive admonition!”
(al-Quran 7:26)

يَابَنِيۤ آدَمَ لاَ يَفْتِنَنَّكُمُ ٱلشَّيْطَانُ كَمَآ أَخْرَجَ أَبَوَيْكُمْ مِّنَ ٱلْجَنَّةِ
 يَنْزِعُ عَنْهُمَا لِبَاسَهُمَا لِيُرِيَهُمَا سَوْءَاتِهِمَآ إِنَّهُ يَرَاكُمْ هُوَ وَقَبِيلُهُ
مِنْ حَيْثُ لاَ تَرَوْنَهُمْ إِنَّا جَعَلْنَا ٱلشَّيَاطِينَ أَوْلِيَآءَ لِلَّذِينَ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ
“O you Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you,
in the same manner as He got your parents out of the
Garden (of paradise), stripping them of their raiment,
to expose their shame; for he and his tribe watch you
from a position where you cannot see them. We made
the evil ones friends (only) to those without faith.”
(al-Quran 7:27)

And here’s the challenge from the Devil: He’ll attack us from all sides, in all fields, in every affair to prove his point that Man is ungrateful and disobedient to his Creator.

DEVIL said: 
ثُمَّ لَـأَتِيَنَّهُمْ مِّن بَيْنِ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِمْ وَعَنْ
 أَيْمَانِهِمْ وَعَن شَمَآئِلِهِمْ وَلاَ تَجِدُ أَكْثَرَهُمْ شَاكِرِينَ
"Then will I assault them from before them and behind
them, from their right and their left. Nor will you find,
in most of them, gratitude (for your mercies)."
(al-Quran 7:17)

And here’s how Allah answered him!

ALLAH said: 
قَالَ ٱخْرُجْ مِنْهَا مَذْءُوماً مَّدْحُوراً لَّمَن تَبِعَكَ مِنْهُمْ لَـأَمْلَـأَنَّ جَهَنَّمَ مِنكُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ
“(Allah) said: Get out from this, disgraced and expelled.
If any of them follow you, Hell will I fill with you all.”
(al-Quran 7:18)

The strongest of all warnings! A very clear decree! If any human being follows the Devil in this world, he will be thrown into Hellfire along with the Devil. The message is loud and clear, no ambiguity there! So, what’s the way out for us? The only way out is to obey our Lord Almighty, follow His commandments, and live like righteous people. We need to prove to Him our loyalty, devotion, sincerity and honesty.

قُلْ أَمَرَرَبِّى بِٱلْقِسْطِ وَأَقِيمُواْ وُجُوهَكُمْ عِندَ كُلِّ مَسْجِدٍ
 وَٱدْعُوهُ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ ٱلدِّينَ كَمَا بَدَأَكُمْ تَعُودُونَ
“Say: My Lord has commanded justice; and that you
set your whole selves (to Him) at every time and place
of prayer, and call upon Him, making your devotion
sincere as in His sight. Such as He created you
in the beginning, so shall you return."
(al-Quran 7:29)

It’s pretty fashionable these days to refute or deny God; promote secularism; even promote Devil’s friendship. That’s the height of ungratefulness, shamelessness and stubbornness. You defy all logic and reason to promote secular agenda and at the same time you take sides with one religion or another, favoring one ethnic group or another. That’s freaking hypocrisy! Double standards! Hypocrisy simply means dishonesty. But as they say that every dog has its day. Enjoy a brief spell of cheap publicity! Your days are numbered and soon you’ll meet your fate and your Creator!

إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ كَذَّبُواْ بِآيَاتِنَا وَٱسْتَكْبَرُواْ عَنْهَا لاَ تُفَتَّحُ لَهُمْ
 أَبْوَابُ ٱلسَّمَآءِ وَلاَ يَدْخُلُونَ ٱلْجَنَّةَ حَتَّىٰ يَلِجَ ٱلْجَمَلُ
 فِى سَمِّ ٱلْخِيَاطِ وَكَذٰلِكَ نَجْزِى ٱلْمُجْرِمِينَ
“To those who reject Our signs and treat them with
arrogance, no opening will there be of the gates of
Heaven, nor will they enter the Garden, until
the camel can pass through the eye of the needle.
Such is Our reward for those in sin.”
(al-Quran 7:40)

لَهُمْ مِّن جَهَنَّمَ مِهَادٌ وَمِن فَوْقِهِمْ غَوَاشٍ وَكَذٰلِكَ نَجْزِى ٱلظَّالِمِينَ
“For them there is Hell, as a couch (below) and
folds and folds of covering above. Such is Our
requital of those who do wrong.”
(al-Quran 7:41)

So much for the wrong-doers, evil-promoters and war-monger butchers! But a true believer tries to follow the path of the righteous, and always puts his trust in Allah. His reward is guaranteed!

وَٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّالِحَاتِ لاَ نُكَلِّفُ نَفْساً
 إِلاَّ وُسْعَهَا أُوْلَـٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ ٱلْجَنَّةِ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ
“But those who believe and work righteousness,
no burden do We place on any soul, but that which
it can bear, they will be companions of the Garden,
therein to dwell (for ever).”
(al-Quran 7:42)


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