Is This Really Necessary?

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.


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A blind Muslim woman currently living in Florida, just trying to make sense of the world around me! !
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3 Responses to Is This Really Necessary?

  1. Asmaa says:

    as salamu ‘alaykum

    I take it as a test and a reminder. A test to help others and think beyond just me, me, me, and a reminder to improve on myself.

    The world of the unknown is scary so I guess trying to act like we know it sort of helps to understand it but the truth is we don’t know when and where it will hit next and why , there are too many possibilities and it is a test to learn to just shut up and humble ourselves to the One in control of all. la ilaha illa Allah!

  2. Yusuf Smith says:

    As-Salaamu ‘alaikum,

    I remember a Christian minister saying similar ridiculous things after Hurricane Katrina. Always people think they can “read God’s mind”. I also remember that rumours of that sort were spread after an earthquake in Turkey a few years ago (in which secularist army officers supposedly played football with a copy of the Qur’an).

    I looked up the accusations about Japan and found articles that said they were baseless. There are very few Muslims in Japan anyway and as one commenter said, hijab probably isn’t on Japan’s radar — several countries with majority Muslim populations banned it decades ago and reversed that only recently. Japan is a country that has always been prone to major earthquakes and tsunamis, as is every country around, or in, the Pacific.

    In most cases, the damage is amplified by stupidity which is separate from sin, as such — like allowing people to put up unsafe tall buildings, or putting a nuclear reactor right by the sea in a tsunami-prone area. But in Turkey, the area that got hit had one of the highest alcohol consumption rates in Europe, and it was in a Muslim country.

  3. Ginny says:

    Assalamu alaikum, Yusuf, what bothered me about it really more than anything else were the unsubstantiated claims about Japan and how it treats the Muslim community there. And then using those unsubstantiated claims to try to say why God allowed this to happen. I’ll have to try to research this myself, though I’d have thought that if Japan was treating its Muslim populations that badly, we’d have heard about it by now and I’m almost sure I haven’t.

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