Monday, December 11, 2006

Storm!


As I sit here behind my laptop, huddled within my sweater and typing away furiously, outside I can see the winds bend over nearly backward from the extremity of the wind's rage, which expresses itself also with howls and shrieks and other indescribable noises; the glass windows that allow me to see outside look as though they are just barely holding together as the rain slams against their panes... the weirdest thing is that it's SUNNY! The sun is shining brightly even in the midst of this great storm...

Resisting the urge to crawl under my bed and stay there, I decided instead to see what the Qur'an has to say about winds and storms... With the help of the USC-MSA's Qur'an search feature on their website, I got the following results (I chose ones that seemed relevant):

Wind:

Chapter 3, Verse 116 & 117:

Those who reject Faith,- neither their possessions nor their (numerous) progeny will avail them aught against Allah: They will be companions of the Fire,-dwelling therein (for ever). What they spend in the life of this (material) world may be likened to a wind which brings a nipping frost: It strikes and destroys the harvest of men who have wronged their own souls: it is not Allah that hath wronged them, but they wrong themselves.


Chapter 14, verse 18:
The parable of those who disbelieve in their Lord: their actions are like ashes on which the wind blows hard on a stormy day; they shall not have power over any thing out of what they have earned; this is the great error.

Chapter 17, verses 66 - 69:
Your Lord is He Who speeds the ships for you in the sea that you may seek of His grace; surely He is ever Merciful to you. And when distress afflicts you in the sea, away go those whom you call on except He; but when He brings you safe to the land, you turn aside; and man is ever ungrateful. What! Do you then feel secure that He will not cause a tract of land to engulf you or send on you a tornado? Then you shall not find a protector for yourselves.

Or, do you feel secure that He will (not) take you back into it another time, then send on you a fierce gale and thus drown you on account of your ungratefulness? Then you shall not find any aider against Us in the matter.

Chapter 30, verses 50 & 51:
Look then at the signs of Allah's mercy, how He gives life to the earth after its death, most surely He will raise the dead to life; and He has power over all things. And if We (but) send a Wind from which they see (their tilth) turn yellow,- behold, they become, thereafter, Ungrateful (Unbelievers)!


Chapter 33, verse 9:

O you who believe! call to mind the favor of Allah to you when there came down upon you hosts, so We sent against them a strong wind and hosts, that you saw not, and Allah is Seeing what you do. (I think this refers to the Battle of Badr, correct?)


Chapter 42, verse 32 - 33:
And among His Signs are the ships, smooth-running through the ocean, (tall) as mountains. If it be His Will He can still the Wind: then would they become motionless on the back of the (ocean). Verily in this are Signs for everyone who patiently perseveres and is grateful.

Insha'Allah, we'll take these as important reminders to keep in mind and benefit us...

5 comments:

gay prozac fairy said...

the Prophet (SAW) used to keep praying until a sotrm was over cuz he was afraid a punishment was coming..... weeeeeeeeeeeeeee were gonna float away to china

Anonymous said...

That was quite a windstorm I must say. I don't think it hit us as bad, but even then I could feel my whole building shake against the wind.

The weather has been quite bizarre for the last few weeks. This wasn't what I signed up for when I came to Vancouver this summer!

Anonymous said...

Chapter 33, verse 9 refers to the Battle of the Confederates, where Allah sent a constant bitter wind upon them which forced them into retreat.

The weather has been pretty wacky here too.

There was a tornado in North-West London last Thursday! Subhanallah!

Anonymous said...

I saw today on angry arab that you mentioned the magazine "adbusters".
I highly recommend it. There is no mag like it on the planet(at least that I've been able to find.)

AnonyMouse said...

Faraz - the storm started up again last night and is still continuing here... it's pretty nasty! Subhan'Allah! :S

IMuslim - jazakillaahi khairan for the correction! :)
Heh heh, I like to blame all this crazy weather on global warming... and yes, I know that the subject of global warming is a pretty controversial one these days!

Anonymous: Yeah, I was flipping through it at a store while my parents were shopping... and it seemed pretty good, although rather hard-core leftist...