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The Mystery of Creation, Destruction,

and Natural Calamities:

an exposition in light of science and the Qur’an

By S.M. Zakir Hussain (Bangladesh)

Part 1.4

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Table of  Contents




Summary of the Book


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






Mystery of Creation1. 4. The Causes of Poverty and Famine in Light of Economics:

Perhaps all the readers of this book have not experienced the bitterness of utter poverty and famine, but there is in fact none in the world who has not experienced the bitterness of sorrows in its different forms, and not heard of people suffering from poverty and famine. Many things become history – the valor of kings, the cultures of people, the stories of extreme honesty and philanthropy, and so on, but there is one thing that does not become history – poverty and different types of suffering, considered together as the sorrows of life. That is because we keep then prevalent by the energy of our envy, avidity, narrow-mindedness, selfishness, and cruelty. So it is not very difficult to be wise by suffering in today’s world.

Often we fall a victim to the mistaken notion that famine occurs only after a devastating natural or political turmoil. That is a wrong notion. Rather, there is always a silent undercurrent of famine in every society, for which a group suffers and another group survives. Economics clearly shows that the main event that causes all poverty and famine is improper distribution of wealth. And, I am sure, as far as this concept of Economics is concerned, each of us is a good enough economist.

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Secret Knowledge of the Qur'an