As is stated in the verse, all people, believers and disbelievers, are tested in many ways: sometimes by natural disaster, at other times by something happening in our daily lives, a disease or an accident that befalls us. Another lesson one draws from disasters is that man, assuming himself to be mighty on earth, realises that he is simply weak and actually does not have the strength to cope with disasters, which happen in a moment by the will of Allah. If Allah touch you with affliction, none can remove it but He; if He touch you with happiness, He has power over all things.
In this chapter, a comprehensive account of types of disasters affecting the earth will be given. An earthquake has no relation with the type of soil that amplifies the effects of seismic waves travelling through it.
Do those who plot evil actions feel secure that Allah will not cause the earth to swallow them up or that a punishment will not come upon them from where they least expect? At this point, it could be beneficial to remember a major earthquake, which took place in the 20th century. Kobe, Japan's second most densely populated industrialised city and most important port after Tokyo. Today's advanced level of science and technology inspires man with the feeling that he has control over nature. The public was reassured that modern technology developed to predict major earthquakes would save them from complete destruction. Typhoons, hurricanes, and tornadoes are natural disasters that people frequently experience. The transformation of winds that are generally experienced as mild breezes into powerful storms capable of moving buildings no doubt forces us to look for the great power making such events happen.
Do you feel secure against Him Who is in heaven causing the earth to swallow you up when suddenly it rocks from side to side? As well as the vibration or shaking of the ground caused by sudden movement or rupture of large masses of rock within the earth's crust or upper mantle, volcanic eruptions are another spectacular form of natural disaster.
Some catastrophic eruptions that took place in this century as well as earlier in history made indelible impressions on the human mind. In our own day, however, the dormancy of volcanoes can often end abruptly and they can explode at unexpected times shooting steam and ash thousands of feet into the air.
One of history's worst disasters occurred in 1883 when Krakatau, in the East Indies, erupted explosively, generating a sound-wave heard 3,000 miles away and creating tsunamis up to 125 feet high.
Volcanoes are memorable not only for their tragically high death tolls but also because they erupt in extremely destructive ways that cannot be predicted. Allah demonstrates how suddenly man can meet his death by means of such disasters and thereby calls on him to ponder the purpose of his existence on earth. One day the earth will be changed to a different earth, and so will be the heavens, and (men) will be marshalled forth, before Allah, the One, the Irresistable.
Seismic sea waves or tidal waves are caused by a sudden uplift or subsidence of the sea floor or by volcanic eruptions.
Do the people of the towns feel secure against the coming of Our wrath by night while they are asleep? Ice falling at close to 100 miles an hour shattered automobile windows in Tampa, Florida, during a 1992 thunderstorm that cost some 25 million dollars in property damage.9 The roof of a house damaged by hailstones. An arsonist's blaze in the parched canyon above Laguna Beach, California triggered the worst urban wildfire of 1993.
History abounds with cases of people relying on technological breakthroughs and totally disregarding the might of Allah.
From what the survivors of Titanic related, the majority of her passengers gathered on the deck to pray when they realised the ship was about to sink. Your Lord is He that made the ship go smoothly for you through the sea, in order that you may seek of his bounty. One might never have experienced such a disaster, yet one should always remember that, at any time, one may find life stripped to its fundamentals. Do they see nothing in the government of the heavens and the earth and all that Allah has created?
What has been discussed so far is intended to remind those who forget their purpose in creation of an important fact: everything on earth owes its existence to Allah, the Creator who has created the entire material universe.
Nevertheless, as Allah makes clear in the second part of the verse, the majority of people are not aware of this. Nevertheless, the notion that every day of one's life will be the same is a flawed one.
You can read Harun Yahya's book The Truth Of The Life Of This World online, share it on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, download it to your computer, use it in your homework and theses, and publish, copy or reproduce it on your own web sites or blogs without paying any copyright fee, so long as you acknowledge this site as the reference. Researchers are debating whether natural disasters can teach us something about human behaviour, and if so, whether that insight could be used to protect us in the future. A volcanic eruption on Toba 74,000 years ago left the Earth in a volcanic winter that lasted 6-10 years. 38,000 years ago a giant volcano in the Vesuvius region erupted, forcing the first European Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals to survive in a rough, post-volcanic landscape for many years to come. 8,200 years ago the entire Western coast of Jutland in Denmark was transformed by a giant tsunami that flooded large parts of Scotland, England, and Denmark.
An arctic animal community crashes in response to extreme weather events Improving communication during disasters Natural disasters ease conflicts Gaming technology for calculating floods Were the Vikings scared of volcanoes?
Yet, a disaster always affects only a particular region of the earth, thanks to nature's delicate balance which is a creation of Allah. Furthermore, none of these natural phenomena occur randomly; all have a scientific explanation. They are those on whom (descend) blessings from Allah, and mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance. Such misfortunes strike individuals as well as societies and cause material loss along with spiritual suffering.

No doubt, Allah does not create anything without a purpose; each disaster is a reminder for human beings whose purpose is to save humans from the perversity they are in.
If any desires a reward in this life, We shall give it to him; and if any desires a reward in the hereafter, We shall give it to him. The purpose is to remind people that this world is not a place for which to feel blind affection. Yet, by the will of Allah, an earthquake affecting the whole planet could happen at any time. An earthquake may still occur even when the natural conditions for an earthquake do not exist.
At 5:46 am on the 17th January 1995, twenty seconds of intense shock waves caused appalling damage.
Yet, after the disaster which reduced Kobe to heaps of rubble, it became apparent that no technology had been available to alert people to the danger. That is why appalling damage occurred, leaving 5,200 people dead and another 300,000 injured. City-dwellers, used to leading comfortable lives, were suddenly confronted with many hardships after the disaster.
In this phenomenon, powerful storms send waves speeding at hundreds of miles per hour across the ocean against seacoasts.
The same rationale discussed in the section on earthquakes is also true for typhoons, hurricanes and tornadoes: if Allah willed it so, man would very frequently be confronted by such natural disasters. Or do you feel secure against Him Who is in heaven releasing against you a sudden squall of stones, so that you will know how true My warning was? There are about 1,500 active volcanoes around the world today; 5504 of them exist on land while the remainder are under the oceans. Mount Vesuvius in Italy, for instance, buried Pompeii, a city whose residents led a life of total debauchery, under a storm of hot lava. In the meantime, pyroclastic flows sweep through areas causing irrecoverable damage to whatever they encounter. Or else, do they feel secure against its coming in broad daylight while they play about (carefree)? The total damage all over the world was put at 20 billion dollars.8 (Above) A city affected by El-NiA┬▒o Although water is of great significance for life on earth, devastating floods remain to be a threat. It is incomprehensible that man witnesses one or two floods every year and still disregards the possibility of experiencing such a calamity himself.
That is exactly why many disasters have gone down in history as painful lessons for everyone.
The best known is the famous Titanic, a huge ocean liner 55 meters in height and 275 meters in length, which sank nearly ninety years ago. Together with the ocean liner, all these properties were buried in the depths of the ocean. In other words, everything's existence is consequent upon the exercise of the will of Allah. They assume, during the course of their lives, that no misfortune whatsoever will befall them, never thinking that they too are vulnerable to any of those devastating disasters. They forget that life is short and temporary and disregard that they will be judged in the presence of Allah. Allah demonstrates the true nature of this world and encourages man to be prepared for the next life. This created a genetic bottleneck because there was only between 1,000 and 10,000 people left on Earth and the event made us who we are today.
The shockwaves from the explosion moved around the Earth seven times and the climate got colder. Meteor showers, asteroids are only a few of the factors likely to pose threats to the world from space. A significant protection exists on earth for all living things as well as for human beings.
A wealthy man may become bankrupt, a girl with good looks may receive a severe injury on the face, or a city may be reduced to rubble by an earthquake. Only twenty seconds and everything people had toiled their whole lives to possess was destroyed. Technology is a tool provided by Allah for the service of man and is entirely under His control.
During the previous three decades, the Japanese government had invested one billion dollars in academic research to develop warning systems for earthquakes. In a state of shock, they were unable to figure out what to do with their lives,- let alone make plans for the future. These are very strong winds, which can cause great damage to cities, killing and injuring residents, hurling thousands of trees, huts, telephone poles, cars, and even buildings miles away. In such cases, water rises onto the land and heavy rains cause serious floods in delta regions.
These volcanoes can erupt at any time in extremely destructive ways that no-one can anticipate in advance. It is striking that 20,000 inhabitants of this prosperous city were asphyxiated mostly by the pyroclastic flows that swept through it on the 24th August 79 CE. Another adverse effect of eruptions is the harmful clouds of gases and ash carried by winds into populated areas. What is expected in return from man, who can conceive of his Almighty Creator, is not to indulge distractedly in the affairs of a short life of 50-60 years and neglect the eternal life, the hereafter. Do they then feel secure against the plan of Allah But no-one can, (unwisely), feel secure from the plan of Allah, except those (doomed) to ruin! Each one of these events is important in the sense that it reminds man that neither wealth nor power, science nor technology has any power to resist the will of Allah.

In times of serious trouble and danger, man sincerely prays and seeks the help of his Creator. When distress seizes you at sea, those that you call upon – beside Him – leave you in the lurch!
Certainly, those people who were exposed to various disasters did not know that a natural hazard would throw their life into complete disarray. In this state of heedlessness, they spend their lives in pursuit of vain desires instead of living for the good pleasure of Allah.
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What is common to all these disasters is that in just moments they can reduce a city, with all its inhabitants, to ruin. The possibility of a devastating natural disaster always lurks in spite of this protection.
These incidents are all clear demonstrations of how, at any moment, events can alter our lives. However, by His mercy, Allah protects man and with such disasters reminds him, now and then, that he has no control whatsoever over his life.
The intention is to remind people that their ultimate purpose in life is to be servants of Allah, that they are but impotent against Allah's might and that they will be judged on the day of judgement.
When they erupt, they can kill the residents of nearby cities in addition to destroying crops and covering farmland with ash. These terrifying winds, sometimes about 90 miles per hour, set everything on fire and engulf cities like sun-extinguishing canopies. With disasters, in only a matter of seconds Allah may take back whatever He has granted man.
News about disasters, accidents or epidemics surely makes us feel sympathy for the sufferers. They certainly started that day as an ordinary one, thinking that it would be the same as the preceding ones.
These misfortunes are given to people so that they may seek to repent and amend their conduct. The list of names that are inextricably associated with natural disasters and tens of thousands of deaths grows longer and longer.Historically, humankind has been ravaged natural disasters and every single one of them has somehow influenced the way our society has turned out. What is most important, no human being has the power to combat or prevent any of these hazards. This is to remind people that, at any time, an unexpected incident may place their lives in jeopardy. As the millennium draws to a close, scientists are still unable to devise systems to issue warnings that could reduce the destructive effects of dangerous seismic events.
After being dormant for 150 years, Nevado Del Ruiz erupted in 1985 melting the snow and ice on its summit. The ocean liner was a masterpiece of technology with many engineering advances that pushed back the limits of its day.
We indeed share their sorrow; however, as disasters recede into memory, we become less concerned and such an attitude proves to be a passing interest for us. These outbursts of nature are reminders to all mankind that we have no control whatsoever over the planet. Yet since they often do not hit densely populated areas, they kill few people, if any, and cause little economic loss. Kobe was a recent example, among many others, demonstrating how vulnerable to unexpected patterns of seismic hits a modern industrialised city is. So devastating was the lahar, or river of mud, that flowed down the volcano's slopes and into the Lagunille River valley, that some 20,000 residents in Armero, Colombia perished, entombed in hot mud as they slept. This is a clear demonstration that no place exists on earth that can guarantee man's security.
Do you then feel secure that He will not cause you to be swallowed up beneath the earth when you are on land, or that He will not send against you a violent tornado (with showers of stones) so that you shall find no-one to carry out your affairs for you? Once we immerse ourselves in the flow of daily life or face personal problems, we quickly develop a sense of apathy and remain indifferent to those who have been through disaster.
Most probably, it never occurred to them that, on that particular day there would be a drastic change in their lives, which would transform life into a dangerous struggle. Yet, no part of the earth is immune against the effects of atmospheric forces like thunderstorms, storms, or hurricanes. One particular aspect of this system is important; each incident proceeds in a way such that the human mind can entirely understand it.
This event was the worst volcanic disaster since Mount Pelee annihilated St Pierre in 1902. Eventually, a minor failure led to the sinking of the ship and advanced technology could not save the Titanic from her bitter end.
Or do you feel secure that He will not send you back a second time to sea and send against you a heavy gale to drown you because of your ingratitude, so that you find no helper therein against Us? These are surely warnings to those that can contemplate the significance of such events and draw lessons from the experience of others. An earthquake, for instance, kills thousands of women, children and young people and leaves many more injured. Let us think for a moment: what would happen if only those who are guilty before Allah died in an earthquake?

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