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,
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:
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):
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:
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:
In other verses of the Qur’an Allah reminds us
Ali ibn Abi Taalib may Allah be pleased with him said about the latter part of this verse “….but He pardons much…“
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
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.