Surah Rum, 41
ظَهَرَ ٱلۡفَسَادُ فِى ٱلۡبَرِّ وَٱلۡبَحۡرِ بِمَا كَسَبَتۡ أَيۡدِى ٱلنَّاسِ لِيُذِيقَهُم بَعۡضَ ٱلَّذِى عَمِلُواْ لَعَلَّهُمۡ يَرۡجِعُونَ
Evil (sins and disobedience to Allâh) has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned (by oppression and evil deeds), that He (Allâh) may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return (by repenting to Allâh, and begging His Pardon).
- Critical, important teaching of our deen. We all know that as humans, we can make either good or bad choices. We do good deeds or commit sins. These are the deeds, actions, of human beings.
- Our deeds have an effect upon us and will have a consequence in the hereafter. In terms of this life, what consequences do our deeds have? Ex why does suffering occur? Why bad things? This is related to this discussion.
- Another ayah:
Surah Shoora, 30
وَمَآ أَصَـٰبَڪُم مِّن مُّصِيبَةٍ۬ فَبِمَا كَسَبَتۡ أَيۡدِيكُمۡ وَيَعۡفُواْ عَن كَثِيرٍ۬
And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.
- Put these two ayaat together and you see the consequences of our actions in this life.
- Ba here is sababiyyah – a very versatile letter in Arabic. This sababiyyah means to state the cause of something – so it is stating the result after of what was said before.
- These misfortunes are because of what we did – what is interesting is that He forgives us for most of what we do!
- What about some of that which is left? In Surah Room, we see it.
- Fasad is any kind of calamity, famine, epidemic disease, fire, drowning, lack of barakah, financial loss – subhanAllah – these are all things we are facing today. There is always some kind of diseas (H1N1), fire (California, BC), lack of barakah, famine/starvation (Africa – majority of the world actually, is dealing with hunger), loss of jobs – financial problems. Fasad is the summation of all of this. It is everywhere – in the land and sea.
- All of humanity has earned this – showing it is from everyone. Shirk of the mushrik and sins of the Muslims.
- Allah swt is giving you a taste of what you’ve done – all of your sins, all your actions, you have only been given the tip of the iceberg of what could happen.
- Imagine with all the suffering in the world – if this is just a taste of what we’ve done, imagine what we’re deserving of – what we have earned…
- Allah swt out of His infinite mercy and kindness – He has forgiven most of it and has only given us a taste.
- Why? So that we may return back to Allah – to Eman, tawheed, Sunnah, ‘amal, Islam, taqwa, dhikr, salah, hajj, zakah, Hajj, akhlaaq – whatever it is we’re neglecting, we need to turn back to it.
- Humans have been given a high position – karamah – but with this respect and dignity and honour, comes a huge amount of responsibility.
- Go to the path in which you earn the blessings of Allah. Not that which even the other creations of Allah will curse you for doing dhulm upon them.
- What are your actions? Everything should remind you of Allah – go back and check yourself, what choices are you making.
- Our deeds are the cause of the suffering around the world – so fix yourself and take it one step at a time to fix everyone around you.
- Tawbah literally means to turn back – so make sincere tawbah in the month of Tawbah.
- State you have done wrong – then truly feel the remorse and regret in your hearts. Make a firm intention to never go back and do those things again. Turn a new leaf.