Allah Warns Us Time & Time Again

From the way of Allah is that He has given us rules to guide us in our life, to follow the path that He has created for us and ultimately, when we die to get the greatest reward of Paradise. Because we have to live through life which is just a journey, the believer has to constantly fight against his enemies, Shaytaan and his allies from the jinn and humans.

Many do not pass the test of obedience and stray away from the path. When this happens, Allah sometimes warns mankind through trials such as plagues, diseases, wars, tyrannical rulers and other types of tribulations.

Ibn Umar, may Allah be pleased with him and his father, said, “The Messenger of Allah ﷺ came to us and said,

O Muhajirun (Emigrants from Makkah to Al-Madinah)! There are five qualities that I seek refuge in Allah for you from being afflicted with: Fahisha (immorality) never appears among any people to the extent that they do it in public but they are stricken with the spread of plagues and aches that were not in their ancestors; no people decrease weights and measures but they are punished by drought, hard life, and oppression of rulers; no people withhold Zakah but they are denied rain, and were it not for their cattle, they would not have any rain at all; no people break the covenant of Allah and the covenant of His Messenger but Allah sends upon them an enemy that seizes some of their possessions; and no rulers fail to judge by the Book of Allah and choose from what Allah has revealed but Allah makes their enmity among themselves
Sahih Hadith
Ibn Umar
Sunan ibn Majah (Authenticated by Al-Hakim and Adh-Dhahabi)

These tragedies are to warn mankind to turn back to the right path. The hadeeth that was collected by Imam al Bukhari is a clear proof of this. Aishah may Allah be pleased with her when she asked the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, about plagues, he said:

“It is a punishment that Allah sends upon whoever he wills, but Allah has made it a mercy for the believers. Any servant who resides in a land afflicted by plague, remaining patient and hoping for reward from Allah, knowing that nothing will befall him but what Allah has decreed, he will be given the reward of a martyr.
Sahih Hadith
Sahih Bukhari (5402)

This hadeeth is a clear proof that Allah, if He so wishes to punish a people may send upon them a plague. It also reminds us that in these trials, there is some good that will befall the true believers if they are patient with it, do not leave the place where it catches them, hoping for the reward of Allah and knowing that Allah can do whatever He wills. They will be given the reward of the martyrs if they believe and apply this.

Allah also informs us in other verses that the corruption that appears in the land is a consequence of the evil actions that the sons and daughters of Adam commit on the earth. If only people would reflect on the verse in Surah Rum where Allah said: (meaning):

But when you enter the houses, greet one another with a greeting from Allah (i.e. say: As-Salamu 'Alaikum - peace be on you) blessed and good. Thus Allah makes clear the Ayat (these Verses or your religious symbols and signs, etc.) to you that you may understand
Holy Quran
Surah Ar-Rum (30:41)

This part of the verse; “….. so He may let them taste part of (the consequence of) what they have done that perhaps they will return (to righteousness)”, teaches us that the reason for these trials in the world is to remind mankind so that they may turn back to the path of Allah and obedience to Him alone.

Today, the materialists are saying that the disease knows no colour or creed. This is true in the sense that when a tragedy befalls a people, everyone may be caught in it. What these people fail to realize however is that the ultimate outcome is not death in and of itself, but what lies in store for people after death. This is clearly explained in the hadeeth in which Aisha reported that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said:

said: “An army will raid the Ka’bah but when they reach a desert land, all of them will be swallowed by the earth.” I asked, “O Messenger of Allah, how will all of them be swallowed by the earth while among them are their markets and unrelated people?” The Prophet said, “They will all be swallowed up, then they will be resurrected for judgment upon their intentions.”
Al-Bukhari and Muslim
Sahih Bukhari and Muslim (2012 & 2884)

Others are heedless, continuing to do evil even after seeing some of the signs of Allah’s punishment. They feel that they will be spared and that they are “lucky”. To those, Allah says:

And if Allah were punish men for that which they earned, He would not leave a living creature on the surface of the earth, but He gives them respite to an appointed time, and when their time comes, Allah indeed sees best His servants
Holy Quran
Surah Fatir (35:45)

In other verses of the Qur’an Allah reminds us

And whatever strikes you of disaster, it is for what your hands have earned; but He pardons much.
Holy Quran
Surah Ash-Shuraa (42:30)

Ali ibn Abi Taalib may Allah be pleased with him said about the latter part of this verse “….but He pardons much…

This verse is the most hope giving verse in the Book of Allah the Exalted
Islamic Scholar
Al Qurtubi
Al Jaami’ Li Ahkaam al Quran vol.18 pg. 478
And We have already sent (messengers) to nations before you, (O Muhammad); then We seized them with poverty and hardship that perhaps they might humble themselves (to Us). Then why, when Our punishment came to them, did they not humble themselves? But their hearts became hardened, and Satan made attractive to them that which they were doing. So when they forgot that by which they had been reminded, We opened to them the doors of every (good) thing until, when they rejoiced in that which they were given, We seized them suddenly, and they were [then] in despair
Holy Quran
Surah Al-An'am (6:42-44)

This verse shows how people are deceived by the good things of the dunya and they are led to their destruction by these pleasures little by little until thay forget about accountability. Most of the scholars of tafseer said that the the seizure of Allah in their “poverty” relates to loss of wealth and “hardship” refers to harm to their body through sickness and disease etc

However it can mean both in either of the two.
Islamic Scholar
Al Qurtubi
Tafseer Al Qurtubi vol. 8 (pg. 377)
The Prophet ﷺ said; “If you see Allah giving good to His servants whatever they desire while they are in disobedience, then know that this is baiting and allurement from Him for them.” Then he recited the verse: "So when they forgot that by which they had been reminded, We opened to them the doors of every [good] thing until, when they rejoiced in that which they were given, We seized them suddenly, and they were [then] in despair".
Islamic Scholar
Al Qurtubi
Tafseer Al Qurtubi vol. 8 (pg. 380)

We pray that this warning that we are currently seeing is sufficient to make us turn back to the path of Allah. We seek Allah’s protection from heedlessness and forgetfulness.

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