Posted by: mjaga | November 6, 2011

Natural Calamities ARE Divine Punishments

Qur’aanic Verse 23.76:



76. Walaqad akhathnahum bialAAathabi fama istakanoo lirabbihim wama yatadarraAAoona


76. And We did certainly punish them, but they did not become humble towards their Lord, nor do they submit.11 

Study Note:

11. Divine punishment, in the form of cyclones, earthquakes etc. in this world itself, did and does also have the purpose of reforming the people concerned. But, in the modern age, such calamities are dismissed as mere manifestations of ecological, environmental or physical disturbances in and around the earth. The people are wont to consider it superstitious to associate such calamities with moral conduct of the affected peoples. Islam, as this Verse indicates, debunks such attitudes among the peoples.


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

Mohammad Shafi



  1. Indeed, calamities have increased in our day and there certainly seems to be some sort of parallel with the increased corruption, decline towards spirituality in general, a benumbing of the conscience, a rise in the quick fulfillment of surface desires and a continuing persual of material objects, satisfaction of the senses leading to a generalized degradation of the human spirit. The physiological facts are that earthquakes, floods and fires usually occur in those countries around the world which are situated along fault lines where there is a greater tendency for these natural disasters to occur. The question is that are the people in that part of the world necessarily more degenerate than others? This is what makes this theory controversial. Of course, the ahadeeth state otherwise. I would like to think that in the larger scheme of things, we are all steadily moving towards Qayamat; the Day of Judgement is nigh and it is in our interest to recognize the signs, both physical and supernatural. It is okay to give a logical reason for every catastrophe, because such a reason does exist. There is human error involved as well but if we take this human error in the context that every action we do is guided by forces other than our own; everything is not purely circumstantial. There is a greater Force at work, a bigger Player and our collective Destiny is decided by that Force. Human will, logic and reason, the power of choice, all have their limitations..this is something we all have to accede to in the end.

    • You call it a cotroversial theory. I call it a fact on Qur’aanic basis. I would be a disbeliever in the Qur’aan otherwise.

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