Natural Disasters

Natural disasters can be especially traumatic for children who have limited awareness of what is happening and why. Whether through war torn countries throughout the world, or countries suffering from severe famine and drought, we are reminded of these victims everyday when we switch on our T.V or read about in the papers.

What is a natural disaster?

Worldwide, children are dying on a daily basis because of the following conditions and situations:

  • Lack of food and water.
  • Lack of warmth in freezing temperatures.
  • Wars
  • Floods
  • Earthquakes
  • Lack of medical help
  • Poverty
  • Famine

Catastrophes have and will continue to happen there is no helping that and the faith of every person is tested but we have to remember not to lose hope in Allah’s promise:

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 patiently persevere. (2:155)

Why has this been allowed to happen?

Do men think that they will be left alone on saying “We believe” and that they will not be tested? (29:2)

This verse from the Quran clearly gives us the answer to this question. It is not for us to lose hope and faith when it seems Allah (glorified and exalted be He) is testing us beyond what we can handle. Allah (glorified and exalted be He) never tests us with more than we can handle, and He never tests us but to reward us with what we have lost in the next life.

It seems cruel to us to lose so many young lives often in horrific ways when we cannot clearly understand the logic behind everything. Once we begin to grasp that Allah tests those whom He loves and He wants them to turn to Him and ask of Him, we begin to see blessings where there is no light.

These children are destined to be the residents of the beautiful gardens of Jannah.

In this is a test for us too. We are obligated to help, if not those that have departed this world, then those left behind. We can help console parents who have lost children in horrific circumstances and as a result, begin to lose all hope in life. We can give them solace through the Quran and Sunnah, a listening ear and remind them (and ourselves) of the Mercy of Allah (glorified and exalted be He): that He has promised them – in return for their patience in light of their tragedy – an eternal union with their children in Jannah.