Today the city of Los Angeles, California was hit by an earthquake that rocked the city just after midnight, local time. It reportedly measured 3.7 on the Richter scale. This highlights a disturbing question that seems to be not being asked much: why do the earthquakes seem to be increasing in number worldwide?
There have been some indications that global warming and the subsequent melting of polar ice caps may be contributing to lightening the load of Earth’s tectonic plates, thus leading to more earthquakes. But this more an explanation of “how” it’s happening. What we do know is that the way it happened was that Almighty God willed for it to happen.
However, a better thing to ponder over is “why” it’s happening. And the best way to answer that? We have no idea. Almighty God knows best.
However, God gives us indications in the Qur’an and in the Sunnah as to what we can do to stop them. And no, it’s not re-freezing the polar ice caps or building a fancy machine to stop these earthquakes.
God tells us throughout the Qur’an and in several narrations attributed to His Messenger, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and God’s blessings be upon him), that whenever a calamity strikes, it is from what we as a community have earned for ourselves. Due to our acts of disobedience to Almighty God.
Whether it is due to supporting homosexuality, infighting, engaging in nationalism, or something else, we don’t know. But the moral here is that, while we may not know the exact sin that caused Almighty God to be angry with us, we all need to look within ourselves and repent for our sins and try our best not to go back to them.
This is why we must do better as a community. We must do better as Muslims. We must do better to follow and worship Almighty God in every single way. We must not pick and choose what we follow from God’s Law. And we must encourage and advise others to do the same. So when you do anything, do it in a way that is pleasing to Almighty God and not according to your own whims and desires. And do every good act for the sake of pleasing God Alone. Don’t wait till tomorrow. Start now.
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