Is the Muslim Ummah in Need of Collective Repentance?
In the article below, The Lava Tracts, I was amazed how the people of Madinah all came together and appealed to Allah, and were thereby saved from imminent destruction. As we Muslims all know, we are living in a time of great fitnah (trials), brought on by our own hands.
Allah says in the Qur’an: “Everyone is guarded and protected on all sides by the order of Allah. Allah does not change the condition of a nation unless it changes what is in its heart. When Allah wants to punish a people, there is no way to escape from it, and no one besides Allah will protect them from it.” (Surah 13:11)
The people of Madinah all gathered and made taubah (repentance) and they were saved. If we could all gather in our mosques and make sincere taubah to Allah, we also could save our ummah and from there mankind, inshaAllah. If we can’t come together collectively, then at a minimum each Muslim should strive to make taubah in our lives as much as possible, on a daily basis.
The Lava Tracts
On Monday, the first of Jumadi al-Thani, 654 A.H. (1256 A.D.), weak earth tremors were felt by some residents of Madinah. As the days went on, these tremors began to increase, that by the 5th day there were about 18 earthquakes in and around the area of Madinah. When the shaking ceased, the residents were horrified to see a lake of fire approaching the city from the area known as Harrat Rahat, approximately 19 km away from the city.
As the lava flow approached the city, black ash and gas clouds filled the sky. The light from the lava illuminated the night to the point that it was almost as bright as day.
On the 6th day, the residents of Madinah, including the women and the children, gathered at the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) mosque to pray to Allah to stop this impending doom. Even the jails were emptied to gather more people to pray at the mosque. People were encouraged to forgive one and other of their debts, the instruments were all ordered to be broken and the wine poured out, and even the slaves were freed.
By the dominion and power of Allah, the lava flow was diverted away from Madinah thus averting its complete distruction.
The students today had the opportunity to survey the lava tracts that were left from this event exactly 750 years ago. The lava tracts cover an area from north to south of about 310 km, and it has a width of about 75 km. It is a veritable wasteland; nothing grows or lives there, just mounds of jagged, black rock as far as the eyes can see.
Shaykh Hamza reminds us that this event had a connection to our Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, who had predicted this event in one of his hadith. It is also a powerful sign of Allah, not simply because of its sheer magnitude, but that it shows the love Allah had for his beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and his city. To demonstrate the veracity of this miraculous event, Shaykh Hamza told us of a story that happened last year when the Saudi government brought in a western (non-Muslim) geologist to survey the lava tracts. They asked him why the lava flow had suddenly changed direction and did not head towards the city, which was occupying the lowland. The only explanation the geologist could give was that the prayers of the residents of the city were answered.
In the evening, Shaykh Hamza and Shayh Abdallah al-Kadi gave a farewell statement since Shaykh Abdallah had to leave. The Shaykhs gave us advice about our role in the West and that we should not lose sight of our responsibility as Muslims there. After the talk there was not a dry eye in the room, as everyone witnessed the deep friendship and love Shaykh Hamza and Shaykh Abdallah had for one and other.
May Allah bless our Shuyukh and keep them with us for many years to come, amen.
Taken from: http://www.rihla-2006.blogspot.com/ (Rihla-Mecca and Madinah)
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