ALLAH TA’ALA says in the Qur’aan Majeed:

“Verily, We have afflicted them with punishment. However, (despite the punishment) they did not submit nor become humble.”

“(They flagrantly persist with their transgression) Until (the time) when We shall open a door (the floodgate) of a severe punishment which will leave them therein totally demoralized.” (Al-Mu’minoon, 76 and 77)

ALLAH TA’ALA states in several places of the Qur’aan Majeed:

“Never will you find a change for the Sunnah (Way) of Allah.”

The above verse simply tells of an unchangeable system of Allah Ta’ala which is of course meant to serve as a reminder not a total annihilation. More like a disciplinary measure used to discipline an errant and unruly child.

 It is of the Sunnah of Allah Azza Wa Jal, to apprehend flagrant transgressors with punishment varying in severity when they have crossed the point of no return in their fisq and fujoor – vice and immorality. At first He apprehends them with a light punishment such as a mini drought or some losses, mutual strife, oppression of rulers, etc. If these light forms of punishment are not heeded and no change comes forth, and the people continue unabated with their flagrant transgression, then Allah Ta’ala employs draconian measures of rectification in the form of crippling droughts, devastating storms and disasters and unrest in the land. This is the purport of the aforementioned two Qur’aanic verses. Today this is what the world witnesses but sadly these warnings have fallen on deaf ears as a result, our conditions continue to worsen.

Once a severe drought afflicted the Quraish. When Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam supplicated (made dua) for alleviation of the misery, the aforementioned aayat of Suratul Mu’minoon was revealed. The message was loud and clear saying to the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam that the solution to the current drought was not just Duaa but more than that! The verse reminded that the current affliction was a punishment from Allah Ta’ala which if needed to be removed called for taubah and rectifying their wrongs and not just Duaa.

As the world faces new and fresh natural disasters and other troubles every day, the message of Suratul Mu’minoon needs to be revisited and of course heeded. The approach used today whenever we are confronted with difficulties and problems is ‘make Duaa’. Definitely we cannot discard Duaa totally but at the same time we cannot rely on it only. It needs to be coupled with other things! Together they would work effectively.

 Thus, the way of confronting Divine Punishment is with proper repentance and a return to submission and obedience of Allah Ta’ala as mentioned in the aforementioned Qur’aanic verse as well as in other Aayaat and numerous Ahaadith. There is absolutely no other way of countering Allah Ta’ala’s punishment.

Once when the people were complaining about the severe oppression of the ruler, Hajjaaj Bin Yusuf, Hadhrat Hasan Basri Rahmatullahi alaihi said to them:

“Verily. Hajjaaj is Allah Ta’ala’s Athaab (punishment). Therefore, do not (try to) ward off Allah Ta’ala’s punishment with your hands. On the contrary, submission and humility are obligatory on you, for verily, Allah Ta’ala said: “Verily, We have afflicted them with punishment. However, they did not submit to their Rabb nor did they become humble.”

Hadrat Talq Bin Habeeb RahmatullahI alaihi once said:

“Save (yourselves) from the punishment  of Allah Ta’ala with Taqwa. If you are obedient to Allah Ta’ala, then you can hope for the mercy of Allah Ta’ala. If you abandon disobedience to Allah Ta’ala, Allah Ta’ala’s Athaab will be warded off.”

Today oppression of the strong over the weak is the norm at various levels. Right from government levels to within our very homes oppression has become the order and norm.

Those who are not willing to accept the hard about the cause of these deplorable situations fabricate and conjure a variety of prescriptions for the oppression without understanding the cause of the oppression. They miserably fail to diagnose the diseases of the Ummah, hence they fabricate drivel remedies. Regardless, whether it is in our country or elsewhere in the world the solution is the same.


Hadrat Hasan Basri Rahmatullahi alaihi said:

“The oppression of the kings is from the punishments of Allah Ta’ala. The punishment of Allah Ta’ala cannot be warded off with swords. Verily, safety (from Allah Ta’ala’s punishment) and warding it off are (possible) only by means of Dua, Taubah, Inaabat (turning to Him with repentance), and by eliminating sins. Verily, when the punishment of Allah Ta’ala is confronted by swords, it (Allah Ta’ala’s Punishment) becomes worse.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Your deeds are your rulers.”

In other words, Allah Ta’ala appoints over you rulers according to your deeds. The Hadith explicitly mentions that the consequence of villainy and transgression is the imposition of oppressive rulers by Allah Ta’ala. The consequence of obedience to Allah Ta’ala is just rulers. Allah Ta’ala’s Athaab cannot be fought off by rebellion. The way is as explained by Hadrat Hasan Basri Rahmatullah alaihi in the aforementioned advice.

Once a group came to Hadrat Hasan Basri during times of great oppression and anarchy. He advised them as follows:

“Remain within your homes and lock your doors. Wallaah! If people had to adopt Sabr when oppressed by their Sultan, Allah Azza Wa Jal will soon eliminate the oppression. However, when they resort to the sword (i.e. rebellion), they are assigned to it [i.e. Allah abandons them to their swords].”

The Qur’aan Majeed and the Ahaadith testify to the reality and truth stated by Hadhrat Hasan Basri (Rahmatullah alayh), By ‘Sabr’ in this context means complete submission to Allah Ta’ala, repentance and obedience. Allah Ta’ala will then create the circumstances for either the change of the hearts of the rulers, substituting oppression with justice, or He will eliminate the oppressors and tyrants. In the light of the above, fighting back in the form of protests and boycotts are not really the solution.

Those who have genuine Imaan and who are willing to accept the truth will readily understand what Allah Ta’ala says in the following Qur’aanic aayat:

“Say (O Muhammad!): O Allah! King of Sovereignty, You give Mulk (country to rule) to whomever You will, and you snatch away Mulk from whomever you will. You grant honour to whomever you will, and you humiliate whomever You will. In Your Hand is all goodness. Verily, You are powerful over everything.

So before we raise our hands in Duaa to remedy our situations, we need to undo our wrongs first by proper Taubah and continuous obedience to Allah Ta’ala!

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