August 26-28th, 2011, C.E. will go in the record books, as one of the wettest Summer weekends in History, along with being within the month of August, which currently broke the record of the wettest Summer month in U.S. History, as well as being within the wettest Summer in U.S. History, on the east coast, NYC specifically, and the very first official Hurricane to ever touch down in NYC, during my lifetime. But, aside from all of the record-breaking feats that Hurricane Irene has accomplished this weekend, it should be due noted how dangerous this Hurricane actually is & could be. There are people who are excited about the news of a hurricane, fearful of it, worried, and all of that. But, what people are missing is the true reflection of the one who is the reason why hurricanes even exists.
No…..it’s not the warm Summertime jet-stream winds of the Mid-Atlantic, nor the dry western winds from the interior of the mainland that connect with these oceanic warm winds, not even the temperature of the water…..it is Allah, the Creator of the Wind, Water, Fire, and all of these other types of natural phenomena, who is in complete control over all of these various “forces-of-nature”. As a Muslim, I’ve read stories in the Qur’an, about various peoples, who were once destroyed, by these same natural disasters that we view as just novel natural occurrences. But, when something like a hurricane in in your face, and all you can do is watch & wait for things to either get better, or worse, a different type of reality begins to resonate in one’s mind & heart, providing that they’re a person of reflection.
Now, it’s very easy to just brush this off & say, “Listen, dude…..it’s just a “Category 1 Hurricane”…..no big deal!!!”. Yeah, okay…..one can say that. But, check this out: the People of Thamud, who were among the first Humans to make their homes within mountains & valleys, whose residential remains are still preserved, in the Mid-East, along the Jordanian-Saudi border, were destroyed by something that you can’t even see, it’s called a Thunderclap. Yes, these people, described in the Qur’an as having great power & strength, were divinely brought down to size, as a result of their immense arrogance, simply by the sound of Thunder. You can also look at the People of Pompeii, destroyed only by Volcanic-ash, preserved & encased in time, to show those who come after them what happens as a result of out-right disobedience to Allah.
As I’m pondering over the potential damage that this storm has to offer, I’m left in complete awe of Allah’s power, and this is just a very minute, example of that power, which He alone possesses. Witnessing this hurricane actually unfold & occur before my very eyes, compels me to seek out a true sense of humility. Here I am, a young, smart, great-looking, and popular writer, with a bright future ahead of me (yeah, ladies…..this is my personal plug-in…..I’m available…..holla @ya boy!!! :-]). Yet, I’m completely powerless against something made from two of the most initially gentle aspects of nature itself: Water & Wind.
It’s truly amazing how separately & normally, they’re the softest things that you can come in contact with on Earth. However, when their fury is unleashed by the command of their Lord, they can knock you dead off of your feet, break bones, shatter windows, destroy buildings & structures, and even kill…..in all honesty much like a Woman. Women are so soft, beautiful & delicate, but when their fury is unleashed, they are also destructive (just a humorous side-note by the way, I don’t want any females reading this to start forming witch-hunts, wanting blood & revenge for this…..relax…..seriously!!! I know that once this is published, I’m gonna catch mad heat for this). Anyway, back to the point of reflection, at hand: Volcanic-eruptions, Hurricanes, Typhoons, Tornadoes, Tsunamis, Monsoons, Earthquakes, all of these forces-of-nature are signs for the creation of Allah, to ponder upon His might, His control over all things, and the extent of His wrath, if we’re not obedient to Him alone.
Even in light of the recent tremor, that shook up the eastern seaboard, people have speculated that this was a result of the passing of the Same-Gender marriage act in New York State. Not that I personally doubt that, but, at the same time, we as Muslims live among Homosexuals, Christians, Jews, Atheists, Anti-Theists, drug-users, drug-dealers, pimps, prostitutes, and all sorts of other people, who say & do things which are against the commandments & prohibitions of Allah. However, we as Muslims must also serve as a beacon of light for these people, firstly, by being good Muslims ourselves. I mean, honestly…..if someone sees us doing the same things that they do or worse, they’re not gonna have any incentive to change who they are and/or what they believe, say, or do; this is why we are religiously obligated to be upon our best behaviour at all times.
There are several reasons for this:
1. Allah has made it obligatory for us, as Muslims, to practice what we preach.
2. We have an obligation to our families, neighbors, classmates, co-workers, etc., to be the best examples of what Islam is & who Muslims are.
3. If we are not upholding the previous two points, we’ll be destroyed right along with the same people whom we are condemning for their wrongdoing, because by virtue of the fact that we’re not providing viable options for people, referring to how they choose to live their lives, we will definitely receive any & every punishment that those people whom we criticize receive.
So, in closing, it’s really in our best interest, as Muslims, all around, to use these volatile weather phenomena to reflect upon our own faults, in order to commit ourselves to constant & consistent self-improvement & to be the best examples for the people, so that we help to save them as well as ourselves, in this Material-Existence as well as in the Hereafter.