Posted by: mjaga | May 15, 2011

Natural Calamities

Qur’aanic Verse 6.47:



47. Qul araaytakum in atakum AAathabu Allahi baghtatan aw jahratan hal yuhlaku illa alqawmu alththalimoona


47. Say, “You see, if Allah’s punishment were to come to you, suddenly or with due notice, would any but the wicked people be destroyed?”10, 11 

Study Notes:

10. There is a divine reiteration here that when a natural calamity (like earthquake, hurricane, and tsunami) strikes, it is only the wicked people who are destroyed therein. However, I am aware that a few years back a number of small children were killed in an earthquake. Can we then conclude that the small children killed were wicked? Most of them were primary school children and may therefore have been under the age of 10! Whatever might have been the moral condition of their parents, the children can, by no stretch of imagination, be called wicked. And anyone who considers the Qur’aanic Verse to be wrong, he/she immediately falls outside the pail of Islam. How should the believers consider the occurrence of that episode then!?

11. Death is an inevitable occurrence in any human being’s life. And we know of many known believers being killed in wars even during the Prophet’s time. Being killed is not equivalent to being destroyed. The word in question used in this Verse is destroyed (yuhlaku). And wherever the Qur’aan has used this word, it is to denote the destruction of a person’s soul by causing his/her body not only killed in this worldly life, but subjected to severe pynishment in the Hereafter, for the person’s wanton acts of omission and commission against laid-down divine laws, in this worldly life. Therefore we cannot say that the children killed in the earthquake were destroyed therein. But their killing was certainly a trial/punishment for the children’s parents and near and dear relatives who survived the earthquake.


The above is an extract from Qur’aanic Studies Manzil II, which will soon, inshaAllah, be published on Amazon Kindle. Manzil I of the series is already published.

Mohammad Shafi



  1. “Can we then conclude that the small children killed were wicked?

    Now What is the age of responsibility? If a child dies at the age of 12, without even hearing about God, does this child go to Heaven or Hell? What if the child is 15 years old, or 21, or 25? At what age will the human being be held responsible for his or her beliefs?
    In 35:37 we read all inhabitants of Hell will have had a “life-long chance, with continuous reminders.” The question that arises here is how long is a life-long chance? 1 day, 1 year, 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, 40 years …?
    In 46:15 quran tells………When he reaches maturity, and reaches the age of forty,…..
    So forty is the age of responsibility, Allah know about his creatures who deserves Heaven and Who deserves Hell and accordingly he terminates our Souls.

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