Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh,
I had something else in mind for this second Jumaah post but feltt that this is a more appropriate reminder for all of us insha Allah. If you have not heard yet .. Japan was hit by one of the worst earthquake in history today. Innalillahi wa lillahi rajiuun!
“The Hour will not be established until the earthquakes start to increase and become numerous.” (Saheeh al-Bukhaaree Kitaab al-Fitan 81/13)
Subhan Allah, one disaster after another! Recently, New Zealand too, was faced with similar catastrophe. The death toll is still climbing as we speak.. and this is just the recent natural disasters. How about the revolution that is taking place in the Middle East? Hundreds of our brothers and sisters have died in the process of eradicating their leaders. Innalillah wa illahi rajiuun
As we sit comfortably in our chairs and sleep peacefully in our beds at night, how certain are we that such calamity will not strike us when we least expect? Are we confident that when disaster does hit us, we prepared to face the possibility of death overcoming us? And, what have we done to prepare ourselves? We can build the tallest buildings with the best technology preventing any harm from reaching us but Allah mentioned in the Qur’an that:
”Wheresoever you may be, death will overtake you even if you are in fortresses built up strong and high!” [4:78]
As I watched the news about Japan, it dawned on me how helpless we humans are. Cars, houses, roads, and even trains were swept away by the tsunami, leaving nothing in its path. What could the Japanese have possibly done except to watch everything being destroyed? La Hawla wala quwatta illah billah!
Ya Muslimeen, how much time left do we have in this Dunya? All these signs are a reminder of the Last Hour looming ahead of us and yet do we take heed? Or have we become so immuned to such news that we are not least bit affected or even reminded? Subhan Allah, calamities is Allah’s way of reminding us of His greatness and yet we choose to remain ignorant!
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