God is not punishing us via natural disasters
The most of the believers in God believe that those terrible cyclones, tornedo, Tsunami, earthquake, flood, drought, famine etc., are the acts of God. God is punishing humanity via such natural disasters. But the Quran says most of the natural disasters are happening due to humanity’s misuse and abuse of the earth.
[The Quran 30:41] Disasters have spread throughout the land and sea, because of what the people have committed. He thus lets them taste the consequences of some of their works, that they may return.
In this modern time, the verse [30:41] can easily and profoundly be understood. For example, we are excessively burning fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal etc.) that emitting huge amount of greenhouse gas, which upsetting the global climate. We need so much development and luxury!
We are not controlling our rapid population growth; larger population means more usage of fossil fuels leading to faster global warming. The ugly change of climate is already showing its devastating impacts in different parts of the world.
The climate becomes more unpredictable and violent, heat strokes killing thousands of people in different parts of the world, groundwater level increasingly deepening causing alarming threat for drinking water supply, nasty floods in some other places becoming more common etc.
The solution is obvious: the Quran says we must come back or face the consequence! We have to control world population growth and we must check carbon emission effectively. Otherwise this planet will be more and more inhospitable for our living and we will encounter natural disasters and tragedies across the globe more often.
The most merciful God (Allah) 1500 years before warned humanity to preserve the world and keep the environment in balance; otherwise we have to face devastating consequences. The merciful God is not punishing us but due to our ignorance and self-indulgence we are punishing ourselves. Thank you and may God bless you.
Dr Anisur Rahman, PhD
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