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When the REAL Volcano Blows...

by Asma bint Shameem

Millions of passengers stranded across the globe,


families desperate to return home...
thousands upon thousands of flights canceled
causing chaos across the world.....
Billions of dollars lost by the airline industry as
airspace across Europe shut down....
the economy, of not only a major continent, but the
entire world affected...all in a matter of just a few
days.

Food supplies ran short as fresh produce rotted in


cargo.
Health officials issued warnings concerning public
health, while experts worried about severe weather
worldwide.

And why?
All because a volcano, only a mile and a half wide in
size, somewhere way up north, let out its steam and
ashes.
Subhaan Allaah!

Could you ever imagine that something like this,


taking place thousands of miles away from your
home, could actually disrupt your life and plans?
Yet the ripple effect of its massive ash
cloud reverberated worldwide and literally paralyzed
man.
All it took was one little puff....one blow.....from a
small volcano....out of the many, much bigger, and
more powerful volcanoes that Allaah has created on
this earth.

And all this volcano is, is a trivial, trivial creation


from among the creations of Allaah Subhaanahu wa
Taala.

And look how it affected man. Look how it affected


his life. It left him powerless, weak and subjugated.

So what will you do O man, when the entire earth will


shake and the skies will shatter...when the stars will
fall and the mountains will crumble?

To whom will you run and where you will you hide?

Doesnt this volcano and its ash make you think of


Allaah....His Irresistible Power, His Invincible
Might....His Authority and Command?

Doesnt this show His Supreme, Unsurpassable Ability


to do anything and everything, any which way He
pleases?

And all this is easy for Allaah.

And if it wasnt for Allaah and His Immense,


Overwhelming Mercy towards His slaves, He could
have done this every day.
Every single day, there could be volcanoes blowing
ashes....or the earth trembling.....or the sky falling on
our head.

Yet, it is He that placed mountains on the earth so


that it wouldnt shake and made it stable and
walkable and liveable...for us to flourish and farm
and cultivate. And He made the sky a roof over our
heads, a shade and a protection from the elements
in space. Shouldnt we be thankful?

"He (Allaah) has created the heavens without any


pillars, that you see and has set on the earth firm
mountains, lest it should shake with you." (Surah
Luqman: 10)

And if it wasn't for His Favor and Generosity, there


would be no night and no day.
Or there would be a long night, a night so long that it
would be continuous until the day of resurrection. Or
a day that is continuous until the Day of resurrection.

"Say: 'What would you think if Allah should make the


day continuous for you till the Day of Resurrection,
what god, other than Allah, shall bring you the night
to sleep in. Will you not see?''

Say: 'Think! What if Allah should enshroud you in


unceasing night till the Day of Resurrection, what
god, other than Allah, shall bring you light! Will you
not hear?' (Surah al-Qasas:71-72)
How scary that is and unimaginable! Yet Allaah does
not do that to us. He gives a short night so that we
can rest therein and a short day for us to be up and
about and work. Shouldnt we be grateful?

There would be no clouds, no rain, no wind, no food.


No air to breathe, no clothes to wear....
no eyes to see with, no ears to hear with and no feet
to walk with. No heart to love and no memories to
remember.
No butterflies, no flowers, no colors and no beauty.
No families, no friends, no loved ones.
Birds wouldn't fly and ships would sink.
No cars, no planes, no computers.
Subhaan Allaah. I can go on and on.

Yet out of His Compassion and Kindness he gives us


all that without asking, and every single thing that
we did ask for, every single day of our lives, to every
single one of us.

And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you
count the Blessings of Allaah, never will you be able
to count them. Verily! Man is indeed wicked and
thankless. (Surah Ibraaheem: 34)

Alas! As Allaah says, we are ungrateful and


thankless. We are so involved in our lives, its fun and
enjoyment, so engrossed in all the blessings that we
have around us, that we forget to thank the Lord of
the blessings. We are so arrogant that we associate
everything to our selves and our achievements and
our power. We lose sight of the source of the
blessings, the One who gave us the blessings in the
first place.
We forget that the best way to thank Allaah is to
submit to Him...to obey Him and worship him the
way He deserves to be worshipped, without
associating partners with Him Subhaanahu wa
Taala. Not to disobey him and to follow the Sunnah
that His Messenger (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam)
brought.
Therefore, Allaah sends us
reminders...reminders, like ash from an
insignificant volcano, that incapacitates and
debilitates us, so that we may remember and
reflect...so that we may be thankful and submit to
His Might and Power.
So take lesson from these signs and reminders that
your Lord sends to you and truly appreciate His
innumerable blessings upon you and thank Him from
the bottom of your heart. Realize the Ultimate,
Supreme Greatness of your Lord and the fragility and
insignificance of your own.
Know that you are nothing but a speck of dust in
front of the Mighty Plan of the Lord of the worlds and
if He so wished, you would be annihilated in less than
a second and there is nothing, absolutely nothing,
you could do about it.
So live your life according to what He has ordered
and submit to Him before its too late.
Where are you going to go when the 'REAL' volcano
blows...?
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