Shaikh Abdol-Hamid termed earthquakes “divine warnings” and criticized the word “anger of the universe”. He urged on repentance and seeking forgiveness of the Almighty in his speech of 17th Nov. 2017.
The official website of Shaikh Abdol-Hamid reported he began his Friday sermon by the Qur’anic verse: “مَا يَفْعَلُ اللَّهُ بِعَذَابِكُمْ إِنْ شَكَرْتُمْ وَآمَنْتُمْ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ شَاكِرًا عَلِيمًا; Why should Allah deal chastisement to you if you are grateful to Him and believe? Allah is All-Appreciative, All-Knowing.” and said: “The earthquake which took place recently in the western part of the country shocked everyone.”
He reminded the audience two important issues and said: “Unfortunately most of the people consider such incidents ‘anger of the universe’ as it is something usual and earthquake is only the result of the faults under the earth.”
“The Noble Qur’an has expressed the conditions of the previous nations; when they were affected by quakes, drought and other tragedies, they used to acquit themselves and declare such punishments ‘usual’. They did not take lesson from the anger of the Almighty and avoided from repentance. Thus they faced bigger tragedies and finally uprooted fully,” the president of Darululoom Zahedan said.
He further said: “Today non-Muslim experts also claim drought, flood, tsunami, storms and earthquakes are ‘anger of the universe’. Muslims have been influenced by these propagandas and outward means. Divine punishments should not be called ‘anger of the universe’. They forbid people from repentance and returning to Allah.”
“Some people consider earthquakes and divine punishments ‘test and examination’. They do not want to accept these are the divine punishments,” Shaikh Abdol-Hamid said.
“When divine punishment falls somewhere, it does not discriminate between children and aged people, innocent and guilty ones; it covers all. Allah Almighty says: “وَاتَّقُوا فِتْنَةً لَا تُصِيبَنَّ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا مِنْكُمْ خَاصَّةً وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ; And guard against the mischief that will not only bring punishment to the wrong-doers among you. Know well that Allah is severe in punishment.” We should be afraid of a punishment which covers all including innocent children because of our bad deeds,” he added more.
The president of Darululoom Zahedan said: “We should tell people the realities and admonish them in order to awaken them. Allah says: “فَلَوْلَا إِذْ جَاءَهُمْ بَأْسُنَا تَضَرَّعُوا وَلَكِنْ قَسَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَزَيَّنَ لَهُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ; But when misfortune befell them from Us why did they not humble themselves? Their hearts had hardened and Satan had made their deeds seem fair to them.” these earthquakes remind the people of Kermanshah and other parts of the country to be alert and repent to Him.”
“The quake in Kermanshah or in any other particular area does not mean their acts were bad and people in other region act well; in fact the acts of all of us are not good. Allah sends down His punishment to any town to admonish and alert the people of all areas and towns. If Allah does not punish us, it is just His mercy not the fruit of our acts,” Shaikh-ul-Islam Mawlana Abdol-Hamid underlined.
He said: “Divine punishments hold messages for us; they are the fruits of injustice, cruelty, negligence and sins. The officials, scholars and all people should return back to Allah and repent. Such incidents tell us that the Almighty is not satisfied with us and our deeds.”
Help earthquake-affected people of Kermanshah
In another part of his sermon, the eminent Islamic scholar called on all to help the people of Kermanshah and other affected areas in cash or by sending essential goods.
He said: “The large-scale quake in Kermanshah was massive with high damages and losses in lives. The losses in lives may exceed thousands. Due to cold weather, the victims suffer a lot outside of their damaged houses.”
“We ask the officials to help more the victims of the quake. But apart from the official departments, public organizations and common people also should support them as the quake was so massive,” he added more.
Khateeb of Sunnis called on people to take part in the campaign by helping people in cash or sending goods. He said: “Helping these people who have been affected by quake is a Jihad. Allah rebuffs calamities and plagues from supporters of the quake-affected people.”
It is noteworthy donations for the people of Kermanshah were gathered during Friday ceremony.