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When the earth shakes…

We all know that a major earthquake rocked Iran yesterday. The tremors were felt as far as New Delhi and Pakistan. And also here in the UAE among other places.

For the first time in my life I felt the tremors. As if someone was wildly shaking my chair.  When I came home my wife said everything at our residence at the 11th floor was shaking!

The immediate thought everyone got was ‘Zalzalah, Zalzalah’!  It was so scary. Allaahu Akbar!

Zalzalah, Arabic word for earthquake, comes from the quadrilateral root Zay, laam, Zay, laam ز ل ز ل ZalZal.

Isn’t the sound z-a-l z-a-l itself sounding horrific? Uttering the word Zal-Zal sends shivers down the spine! 

1. First and foremost, we need to pray for the people who die in such natural calamities and also pray for the safety and well being of the people who get injured and are frightened due to earthquakes.

2. The earthquakes and other signs in this universe are a lesson for the believers. Allah frightens His slaves with such occurrences so that a Muslim should take heed and repent, and fear that what happened to others could have happened to him because of his sins.

3. It is authentically reported that the Rightly-Guided Caliph, Ameer-ul-Mu’minin (Commander of the Believers),`Umar ibn `Abdul-‘Aziz (may Allah be merciful to him), when there was an earthquake during his era, wrote to his agents in different countries and ordered them to tell the Muslims to make Tawbah to Allah, humble themselves to Him, and seek His Forgiveness for their sins.

4. The happening of many earthquakes is among the minor signs of the Day of Judgement. The Prophet Muhammad, sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam, said: “The Hour (Last Day) will not be established until (religious) knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious learned men), earthquakes will be very frequent, time will pass quickly, afflictions will appear, murders will increase and money will overflow amongst you.” Sahih al Bukhaari

Also, among the signs of the Hour is the occurrence of three major landslides. The Prophet, sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam, when mentioning the ten signs of the Day of Judgement said: “… and three major landslides, one in the East, one in the West and one in the Arabic peninsula…” Read Full Text here

5. These two verses of Surah al Hajj bring into focus the horrors of the Day of Judgement:

“O mankind, fear the (wrath of) your Lord! Indeed, the earthquake of the Hour (of Judgement) will be an awesome thing.” (Surah al Hajj 22: 1)

“On the Day when you witness it, the suckling woman shall utterly neglect the infant she suckles, and every pregnant woman shall cast her burden, and you will see people as though they are drunk, when they are not drunk; but dreadful shall be Allah’s chastisement.” (Surah al Hajj 22: 2)

May Allah save us all from such a terrible and terrific punishment. Aameen.

6. Surah Az Zalzalah, the Earthquake, talks about the final shaking of Planet Earth which will bring about the establishment of the Hour of Reckoning:

“In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

When the earth is shaken with its [final] earthquake

And the earth discharges its burdens

And man says, “What is with it?” –

That Day, it will report its news

Because your Lord has commanded it.

That Day, the people will depart separated [into categories] to be shown [the result of] their deeds.

So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it, 

And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.” (Surah az-Zilzaal 99: 1-8)

May Allah guide us all to draw lessons from these natural calamities, give us the Tawfeeq to mend our ways and help us all to live under the shade of His guidance. Aameen.

Jazakallahu Khayra for reading this post.

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  1. Assalaamu’alaykum brother. Sharing your article in my blog. Jazakum Allah Khayran

    Comment by storiesformuslimkids | April 20, 2013 | Reply

    • Wa alaikumus salam, sister.
      Wa iyyaaki.

      Comment by MuQeet | April 20, 2013 | Reply

      • “wa iyyaak” is that phrase grammatically correct in Arabic? It sounds very strange 🙂 it just sounds weird when an English speaker tells u “thank you” and you respond with an awkward “and only you”/”andyou alo e” 🙂

        Comment by Mariam Mababaya | June 1, 2013 | Reply

        • There is no grammar involved. Grammar is involved in sentences and NOT in words!!
          And to thank an English speaker, in response to thank you, is not the translation of wa iyyaak!
          One answers in the same English style by saying ‘you are welcome’ etc.

          Comment by MuQeet | June 1, 2013 | Reply

      • In Surat Al-Fatihah the phrase “Iyyaaka Na’budu” I believe means “You Allah Alone we worship.” so the phrase “wa iyyaak” means “and you alone” or “and u only” -isn’t that a strange response to “jazakAllahu khair”? MashaAllah it is good that u share some of ur Islamic knowledge with others but also note that pretending to be all fluent in speaking Arabic when one is not so is a lie 🙂 and u know lying is a quality of hypocrites/munafiqeen who deceive no one but themselves 🙂 wasalam-

        Comment by Mariam Mababaya | June 1, 2013 | Reply

        • 1. Jazakallahu Khayra for visiting my blog this morning and sending so many comments. May Allah increase you in knowledge and wisdom. Aameen.
          2. Thank you for your advice.
          3. Can you find and tell me where in my blog did i claim I am fluent in speaking Arabic?
          4. About saying wa iyyaak in response to Jazakallahu Khayra, it is just from Muslim culture but not established from Sunnah.
          5. Wa iyyaak means ‘and to you, also ‘ and ‘and to you as well’. In the context of the phrase IT DOES NOT MEAN ‘AND YOU ALONE”!
          6. Please read this question and the answer that follows:
          Some people always say “Ameen, wa iyyaak” (which means “Ameen, and to you also”) after someone supplicates, “Jazak Allahu khayran” (which means “may Allaah reward you with good”). Is it is an innovation to reply with this phrase all the time?

          ANSWER by Shaykh Muhammad ‘Umar Baazmool, instructor at Umm Al-Quraa University in Makkah

          There are many narrations from the Companions and from the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam), and there are narrations describing the actions of the people of knowledge. In these narrations, it is said to them, “Jazaak Allaahu khayran,” there is no mention that they used to reply specifically with “Ameen, wa iyyaakum.”

          Due to this, my position on a person clinging to this phrase, “Ameen, wa iyyaakum,” after any supplication, not just “Jazak Allahu khayran,” he has fallen into an innovation that has been added (to the Religion).

          So in these kinds of circumstances, Muslims can use this phrase sometimes, and abandon it sometimes, but they must not cling to it as if it is an established Sunnah of the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam), and Allaah knows best.

          7. Sometimes I say wa iyyaaka/i and most of the times I say ‘Barakallaahu Feek’.

          8. As a sort of reminder, this ayah’s translation:
          “O you who have believe! avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful.” (Surah al Hujuraat 49: 12)

          9. Thank you once again for taking your precious time to have a journey of my blog. Barakallaahu Feek.

          10. If you find genuine mistakes in my blog/s, you are always welcome to correct me 🙂

          11. Vassalamu Alaikum.

          Comment by MuQeet | June 1, 2013 | Reply

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