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Passion Islam I October 2008 SPECIAL FEATURE I 25
Islam and Earthquakes
What does Science say about many answers/theories unproven and of fire and a blemish for her. When the
Earthquakes? many questions un-answered. In the end people then begin to commit adultery,
Earthquakes are caused by the motion of you have theories, signs and faith. Islam consume alcohol and use musical
tectonic plates – Individual sections that provides the answer where by drawing our instruments, Allah becomes enraged
make up the Earth’s crust like panels on attention to His revelation and the Ahadith in the heavens and orders the Earth to
a football. Immense strain accumulates (Traditions) of the most perfect human shake them. If they repent and refrain,
along fault lines where adjacent plates created, our Prophet Muhammed. then it is good for them, otherwise Allah
meet. When the rock separating the They killed the she-camel and defied will cause it to fall upon them.” I asked,
plates give way, sudden ground shaking their Lord’s command and they said, “O “Is this their punishment?” She said, “It is
movements occur. Salih! Bring to us that punishment which rather a mercy, means of blessings and
The Earth’s crust on which we live is you promise us if you are from amongst admonishment for the believers, and a
made up of 12 individual plates. Below the Messengers”. The earthquake seized punishment, display of anger and torment
the sea, they can measure 3 to 6 miles them and they became faced down laid in for the unbelievers.”
thick, and under land this increases to their houses. (Surah 7:77-78) Isn’t this narration a wake up call for us
20 – 44 miles. Radiation from Earth’s The earthquake seized them and Muslims? Aren’t the reasons crystal clear
core heats the surface below the crust they became prostrate on their knees in in the above narration? Can any Muslim
to temperatures over 5000’c. This makes their homes. Those who rejected Shuayb deny that drinking, music and adultery
hot liquid rise displacing cooler liquid (alayhis’ salam) seemed as though they are not common issues in communities
which makes the plates we live on move never lived in those homes and those who today?
constantly. Of course, they creep along rejected Shuayb (alayhis’ salam) they How many times have we heard the
very slowly – roughly the same speed your were the losers. (Surah 7:91-92) unlawfulness of these things, but our ears
finger nails grow. Even at this sub snail- In ahadith it is stated: “Anas says, “I are gradually turning deaf because our
pace, the effects can be devastating. The went into the presence of Aishah whilst hearts are not prepared to accept Islamic
combined annual force of earthquakes is someone else was seated with her. The advice.
equal to 100,000 times the power of the person asked, ‘O Mother of the believers, Our turning away from Allah simply
atomic bomb. relate to us regarding earthquakes (as to results in Allah’s anger, and this is why
Oh enough of the science; I know what their cause)’ She turned her face away. I Muslims suffer many calamities. You must
you are thinking at this moment, but I just (Anas) asked her, ‘Relate to us regarding remember that Allah warns his people and
wanted to draw your attention towards earthquakes, O Mother of the believers!’ he gives enough time for his servants to
the scientific cause of an earthquake and She said, “O Anas, if I were to inform you repent, but if they still don’t take heed,
what Islam has to say about its causes. thereof, you will live a sorrowful life and then Allah only shows a slight spark of
you will die in this state of grief and you his anger which results into cities and
What does Islam say about will be raised on the Day of Judgement countries left helpless when struck by
Earthquakes? whilst this fear is in your heart.” I said, disasters.
Islam deems these scientific observations “O Mother, relate to me.” She then said, These calamities will not be labelled
as external views which ultimately lead “When a woman removes her clothes punishments sent by Allah, but only a
to the search of the internal causes of in a house other than her husbands (an warning and a test for other Muslims to
how forces and matter actually originated indication towards adultery), she tears wake up to the reality. Remember, Allah
are controlled and the identity of the the veil between her and Allah. When she punishes the disbelievers and he tests the
controller. The search for the internal applies perfume to please a male other believers.
cause leaves science and man with than her husband, this will be a source Student from Darul Uloom Bury
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