Assalamu alaikum/greetings, I really don’t feel comfortable with I guess what I would call trying to guess “God’s justifications” for certain disasters, be they man-made or otherwise. Just as I’m not comfortable with people saying that 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina were as a result of homosexuality or whatever, I’m also not comfortable with some Facebook comments (which I unfortunately can’t find/pull up now) I’ve seen today, which try to guess why God/Allah has brought the earthquake/tsunami upon Japan.
The reasoning I’ve seen today (with no substantiation I might add) goes that Japan was the first country to ban hijab (I wasn’t aware of this) and they were the “first country to tear the Qur’an”? Huh? “So Allah was angry with them”, etc.
I’m sorry but rather than self-righteously trying to guess why God would cause this sorta thing to happen to a given country/people, I’d rather look at these sorts of things as reminders for all of us, no matter where we live. Because the tsunami didn’t just affect Japan. And if they can’t get the nuclear reactors under control, there may be a lot of us affected by this disaster, the good and bad of us alike. And only Allah knows best if there were Muslims killed or affected by this disaster, so no matter how Japan and/or its government, treated Islam and Muslims, I think we as Muslims really need to be careful before we try and “guess” what Allah’s intentions were in bringing this disaster about. Because Allah alone truly knows best and we as humans know not.
Having said that though, I wasn’t aware that Japan was such a hostile place for Islam and Muslims. I’d be interested in hearing/knowing more about that, because I’ve never heard things like the fact that Hijab was banned in Japan or that the Qur’an had been mistreated there. Which is all the more reason why we as Muslims really need to be careful when we speak sometimes.