A MILLION ATOMIC BOMBSACCORDING TO Enzo Boschi, the head of Italy’s National Geophysics Institute, the earthquake under the ocean which caused the massive tidal wave had the power of a million atomic bombs, the "size of those dropped on Japan during the second world war."
He said that the shaking was so powerful that it disturbed the rotation of the earth. The earthquake of a ’million atomic bombs’ was unleashed by Allah Ta’la as a warning to mankind, especially for Muslims. The devastation was therefore spread over a wide areas. It was not a sudden chastisement to obliterate once and for all, the transgressing people. We therefore find that the Divine Whip struck in most places only hours after the massive eruption which occurred 10 km under the ocean bed.
When it is the Divine Intention to utterly obliterate from the surface of the earth a community of perverse transgressors, He unleashes the type of Quake, Wind or Terrible Screech (the scream of an Angel) which demolished and flattened the nations of bygone times.
The type of Athaab which the world witnessed in tsunami is a staggering punishment which is part of a punishment which occurs gradually and incrementally. The destruction of the people takes place in stages. Mentioning this type of staggering punishment, the Qur’aan Majeed states:
"Do those who perpetrate evil labour under the notion that Allah…will not seize them in incremental stages (of punishment)?." (Surah An-Nahl, aayat 47)
At the end of this aayat, the Qur’aan Majeed says:
"Verily, your Rabb is Most Tender, Most Merciful."
In which way are these Divine Attributes of Tenderness and Mercy to be reconciled with the terrible chastisement wrought by the punishment of earthquakes and hurricanes, etc. mentioned in the very same verse?
The Mercy of Allah Ta’ala mentioned here is related to the punishment which arrives gradually in stages (alaa takhawwuf). The aayat implies that if the people who are being punished gradually by occasional disasters, realise their folly and reform, the punishment will be halted. Hence, worldly calamities which come in the form of punishment are also a mercy and a blessing in disguise for those who are jolted into realisation. Such realisation will ensure everlasting salvation in the Hereafter. Those who repent and reform themselves will not be deprived of Allah’s Mercy.
FOUR THINGS OF VALUE
FAQIH ABU LAITH Samarqandi (rahmatullah alayh) said:
"Only four persons can appreciate four things:Only an old man can appreciate youth.; only a person afflicted with calamity understands (and appreciates) safety;only a gravely ill person appreciates health, and only the dead appreciates life."
"The Majlis" Vol 16 No 03