ATHAAB-E-ILAAHI (DIVINE PUNISHMENT)

[By Mujlisul Ulama]

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Verily, Allah Ta’ala will not punish the Aammah (i.e. the community as a whole) because of the sins of a few (among them). However, if they (the community) observe in their midst evil being committed but refrain from preventing it whilst they have the power to do so, then Allah punishes the aammaah and the khaassah (i.e. the whole community – those who were not actively committing the sins and those who were indulging in the sins.)”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“When Banu Israaeel indulged in sins, their Ulama forbade them, but they did not desist (from the sins). Then (the Ulama became desensitized) and mingled with them in their functions. They ate and drank with them. Then Allah Ta’ala united their hearts (the hearts of the masses and the ulama). Then Allah Ta’ala cursed them via the tongues of Daawood and Isaa Ibn Maryam on account of their sinning and transgression.”

Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu anhu) said that whilst mentioning these words, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was leaning. Then at this juncture, he sat up straight and said:

“I take oath by That Being in Whose power is my life! You will not be saved from Allah’s Punishment as long as you refrain from forbidding the evil doers from their evil.”

According to these Ahaadith as well as other narrations and Qur’aanic Aayaat, it is the bounden obligation of all Muslims, not only of the Ulama, to be active in Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahyi Anil Munkar (Commanding virtue and forbidding vice). When those who have the ability, power and jurisdiction to prevent evil, bid’ah, fisq and fujoor, aban don this obligation and mingle with the fussaaq and fujaar, enjoying themselves in their functions of merrymaking and sin, then the decree of Allah’s aam (universal) Athaab be comes confirmed for the entire community. Then disaster strikes and calamities devastate them.

The miseries of the suffering Muslim communities of our era are the consequences of their gross disobedience, sin, transgression and treachery against Allah Azza Wa Jal.

IMMERSION IN SINS – THE PRELUDE FOR DESTRUCTION

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“People will not be destroyed (by Allah Ta’ala) as long as they are not immersed in sin.”

As long as the Ummah or any community of Muslims does not exceed the bounds of no return, Allah Ta’ala will not eliminate them with an aam (universal) Punishment. But when the community is drowned in the filth of their sins and has no intention of repenting and reforming, then the disasters will strike. In the beginning, Allah Ta’ala afflicts them with small punishments to jolt them into the reality of the impending punishment which will devastate and obliterate them. Thus the Qur’aan Majeed states:

“Certainly, We shall give them to taste of the lesser punishment, not the greater punishment for perhaps they may return (to the Path of repentence and reformation). Who is more unjust than the one who is reminded of the Signs of his Rabb, but then he ignores it? Verily, We shall extract vengeance from the criminals.” 

When a community is apprehended by a universal disaster, it is confirmation of Allah’s Wrath and Curse on them. Allah Ta’ala never destroys a community as long as the people are repentant and strive to reform themselves.

The disasters which have overtaken the Palestinians, Kashmiris, Rohingyas, Syrians, Uighurs and others are all punishments of Allah Ta’ala. His Wrath and Curse have settled on them. The Qur’aan says:

“Never will you find a change for the Way of Allah.” 

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