SCIENTIFIC INFORMATIONA hurricane is an area of low pressure that forms over oceans in tropical regions in either the North Atlantic Ocean or the eastern North Pacific Ocean. When such a storm is developed in the western Pacific Ocean, then it is called a typhoon. The Indian subcontinent is devastated by storms developed in the Indian Ocean, which are known as cyclones. Mankind faces misery and suffering through natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, avalanches, floods, etc. People of faith believe that these are a consequence of God’s wrath or anger at humans who committed sins. Sometimes this type of reasoning is not valid because many times innocent and pious people also get killed or suffer. Only God (Allah) knows the true reason.
“By the (Winds) Sent Forth One after another (to man’s profit); Which then blow violently. In tempestuous Gusts (Hurricanes), And scatter (things) far & wide. Then separate them. One from another. Then spread abroad a Message, [Surat Mursalat 77: 1-5]In another verse, the Quran says:
“Among His Signs is this. That he sends the Winds. As herald of Glad Tidings, Giving you a taste. Of His (Grace, and) Mercy. That the ships may sail. (Majestically) by His Command. And that ye may seek Of His Bounty: in order. That ye may be Grateful.” [Surat Rum 30:46]
Once upon a time – Battle of the Trench: HurricaneIn A.H. 5 (Islamic calendar) there was the fateful struggle of the Siege of Medina. The confederate forces of Abu Sufyan (Quraysh). Bani Nadir (a Jewish tribe) and the desert tribe of Ghatafan, consisting of ten to twelve thousand Fighting men came to destroy the Muslims at Medina. This battle is popularly known as the Battle of the Trench (Khandaq). The case of the Muslims seemed, humanly speaking, hopeless because the Muslims were only 3,000 and they were outnumbered by a factor of more than 3 to 4. How the Muslims won this battle of the Trench is revealed in the following verse:
“O Ye who believe! Remember the Grace of God. (Bestowed) on you, when. There came down on you. Hosts (to overwhelm you): But We sent against them. A Hurricane and forces. That ye saw not: But God sees (clearly). All that ye do.” [Surah Ahazab 33: 9]When we speak of the ‘Hurricane’ of the Hereafter, we are referring to a much greater event which is not simply one incident passing by in our lives but is the event that marks the transition from one life to another. Should we not also prepare ourselves for this great Hurricane which minds cannot comprehend and thoughts cannot encompass? Doesn’t this event deserve our undivided attention, focus, and worry?
Day of Judgment and Hurricane:There are many verses in the Holy Qur’an which speak about the Day of Judgment and the natural events which will take place in the universe to mark that transition. Sura Al-Waqi’a (The Inevitable) describes this day in these most profound words:
“When the great event comes to pass, then will no (soul) entertain falsehood concerning its coming. Abasing (some), exalting (others); when the earth shall be shaken to its depths, and the mountains shall be crumbled to atoms, becoming dust scattered abroad.” [56:1-6]Other verses describe the magnitude and variety of punishment that await the nonbelievers, the transgressors, and the corrupt people.
“And (as to) the companions of the left hand; how wretched are the companions of the left hand!”[56:9]And there are verses which give glad tidings to the righteous believers and pious devotees.
“Then (as to) the companions of the right hand; how happy are the companions of the right hand!”[56:8]We are indeed at a crossroads! Which path are we headed to, and which permanent abode is ours?