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15th Dhul-Qa'dah 1425: Comprehending the Tsunami

All praise belongs to the Almighty [swt], the Master of the Universe.

The recent Tsunami in Asia has created a new level of appreciation about the powers of nature. According to the Holy Qur'an, such events are actually signs from the Almighty [swt]. Given the magnitude of the disaster, it is incumbent on Muslim Youths to reflect upon the consequences of this event.

The Almighty [swt] declares in the Holy Qur'an (Surah Yunus: 24-25):

"The likeliness of the life of the world is only as water which We send down from the sky; and by its mingling grows the produce of the earth, of which men and cattle eat, until when the earth puts on its golden raiment and is adorned, and the people (its tillers) think that they have powers (of disposal) over it; (but suddenly) comes Our Command by night or by day and We make it mowed down as though there was nothing there yesterday. Thus do We explain the signs for people who reflect.

And Allah calls (you) to the abode of peace (Dar-es-Salaam); and guides whomsoever he wills to the right path."

The above passage is a parable from the Holy Qur'an describing life in this world (dunya). Often times, this transient and materialistic life creates an allusion of invincibility, one where the human becomes all-powerful and self-centred, thereby forgetting the Creator. However, humankind must always be aware of the purpose of life, and focus on the true destination i.e. return to the Creator.

At this juncture, the test for those of us who witnessed the devastation via the news is how we react, both spiritually, and practically. Asia is calling; and now is the best time to help in disaster relief. Remember that according to Amir-ul-Mo'mineen, Imam 'Ali bin Abi Talib [a], fellow humans are either our brothers in faith, or our brothers in humanity.

NOTE: To contribute to the Disaster Relief effort of the Asian Tsunami, please contact the Islamic Humanitarian Service at www.al-haqq.com

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