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April 6, 2011

Lecture: Tsunami in Japan – An Islamic Perspective

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Not a day goes by except that we hear of some more repercussions from the Japanese tsunami. Today, I read about the government’s dilemma over what to do with the dead bodies that were contaminated (by their close proximity to the nuclear plant).

Earthquakes, tsunamis, wars, etc seem to be happening on a regular basis all around us.

And yet, do we stop and think about these events? Do we ponder about what lessons we can derive from them?

I look around me and I see that most of the people are just the same. I call them “evergreen trees”. They remain in the same lost state, no matter what is happening around them.

That’s not what a believer does. A believer ponders over the events unfolding around him/her and uses them to get closer to Allah.

Someone might say: “Hey, wait a minute. What can I do about the Japanese tsunami or the Libyan civil war? What does it have to do with me?”

Well, at least be grateful for not being there and for being in safety. Every time we complain about our circumstances, let’s just remember what the Libyans and Japanese are going through and then we’ll realise that we really have nothing to complain about.

Here’s a good lecture that discusses the Islamic perspective on the tsunami. Thought-provoking stuff.

Tsunami in Japan: An Islamic Perspective by Brother Karim Abu Zaid

[Note: I’m not equating the situation in Japan with the situation in Libyan. The vast majority of Japanese do not worship Allah whereas the vast majority of Libyans do worship Allah, so there is a big difference.

By the way, for those of you who want to help out our Libyan brothers and sisters, you may do so by donating. They are really in need of food and medicine. An acquaintance of mine has helped set up the following website:

Please pass on the word. Jazakumullahu kheira.]

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