1. An Introduction to Creation, Destruction and Calamities
1.1. What do the sciences say about natural calamities?
1. 2. Whom God Does not Destroy
1. 3. The Philosophy of Natural Calamities in Light of Science
1. 4. The Causes of Poverty and Famine in Light of Economics
1. 5. The Causes of Natural Calamities in Light of the Qur’an
1. 6. Why We Cannot Learn to Be Wise Even after Losing a Lot
2. The Theory
3. Some Instances of Mass Destruction and their Causes
2. The Theory
2.18. Learning takes place when we make mistakes and then correct ourselves. God Himself wants us to learn in this way:
30:41. Corruption does appear on land and sea because of (the evil) which men’s hands have done, that He may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may [correct themselves and] return [to the correct mode of action].
However, when we cease to learn, there is nothing left valuable in us. And when we do not contain any potential, we become fit for destruction.
13:17. He sends down water from the sky, so that valleys flow according to their measure, and the flood bears (on its surface) swelling foam – from that which they smelt in the fire in order to make ornaments and tools rises a foam like to it – thus Allah coins (the similitude of) the true and the false. Then, as for the foam, it passes away as scum upon the banks, while, as for that which is of use to mankind, it remains in the earth. Thus Allah coins the similitudes.
11:67. And the (awful) Cry overtook those who did wrong, so that morning found them prostrate in their dwellings,
11:68. As though they had not dwelt there. Look! Thamud disbelieved in their Lord. A far removal for Thamud!
11:94. And when Our commandment came to pass We saved Shu’eyb and those who believed with him by a mercy from Us; and the (Awful) Cry seized those who did injustice, and morning found them prostrate in their dwellings,
11:95. As though they had not dwelt there. A far removal for Midian, even as Thamud had been removed afar!
8:70. O Prophet! Say to those captives who are in your hands: If Allah knows any good in your hearts He will give you better than that which has been taken from you, and will forgive you. Look! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.