Calamity and Charity, Emdad Khan, Ottawa

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Calamity and Charity, Emdad Khan

We wonder what’s happenings around us. The invisible micro virus is controlling our day today life all over the world. All the mighty military, politicians, technology, scientists, engineers, physicians look like unable to do some thing except encourage locked down at home, maintaining self isolation, social distance, etc.

God may test some of us with calamities even it is hard and may test some other people with blessings.  Many tragic events happen in our life as tests from the Almighty, but difficult to explain. But God states, “Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits of your toil but give glad tidings to those who are patient.” (2.155 )

Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) says, “How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.” (Muslim, 2999).

If not for the trials of this world, we could become arrogance, self-boasting and will lead to our doom in this world and in the Hereafter.

By panicking, the calamity does not go away, it makes it worse. Being patient and striving sincerely to overcome the challenges is rewarded by God that is many times greater and sufficient for us. The Most Wise and the Most Merciful, God did not send this calamity in order to destroy us, rather He is checking on us, testing our patience, acceptance and faith

Prophet Muhammad (PBHH), “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Tirmidhi). He added that: “Sadaqa extinguishes sins as water extinguishes fire. Sadaqa appeases God’s anger and averts evil. And even a smile in your brother’s face is sadaqa.”

The sender of the calamity has given us a process for our rectification.

God  commands,”…therefore Read as much of the Quran as may be easy for you, Establish regular Prayer  and Give regular Charity; And Loan to God, a beautiful Loan, and whatever you send forth for yourself, you will find it  with God. Yes, Better and Greater in reward, and seek His Forgiveness, as He is Forgiver and Most Merciful. (73.20)

In the new emerging world order, God willing, we will strive to be good to family, community, country and will be more kind, humble and caring.

As calamity can not pass over charity, let us be more generous to elderly, parents, needy, orphans, neighbours, strangers and captives.