Earthquake a ‘warning from Allah’: seminaries body

Published: October 26, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s top religious scholars urged the nation on Monday to turn to God and collectively repent for their sins as the earthquake was a ‘warning’ by God.

The comments came in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale which claimed over 140 lives in Pakistan alone. The earthquake struck Afghanistan and Pakistan and tremors were felt as far as New Delhi.

140 killed in Pakistan as 7.5-magnitude earthquake strikes

“We should Thank Allah Almighty as the country has been saved from any major disaster,” a statement issued by Wafaq-ul-Madaris-e-Arabia said.

Wafaq-ul-Madaris-e-Arabia is the country’s major organisation of religious seminaries representing the Deobandi school of thought.

“We are pleased at reports that many people are going to mosques after the earthquake. Organising gatherings for collective repentance is the need of the hour,” the scholars said.

‘I felt like this was the end’

The statement was issued by the secretary general of the organisation, Hanif Jalandhary, and known scholars Maulana Salimullah Khan, Maulana Dr Abdul Razaq Sikandar and Maulana Anwarul Haq.

“Allah Almighty has protected Pakistan of major harm and disaster. The people should offer special prayers giving thanks,” they said in a joint statement.

A powerful earthquake struck Pakistan and Afghanistan on Monday, killing at least 140 people, officials said.

Hundreds feared dead as earthquake jolts Pakistan, Afghanistan

The death toll could climb in coming days because communications were down in much of the rugged Hindu Kush mountain range area where the quake was centred. Reports of deaths had poured in from different areas of both countries by nightfall.

The quake was 213 km deep and centred 254 km northeast of Kabul in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province.

The US Geological Survey initially measured the quake’s intensity at 7.7 then revised it down to 7.5. Just over a decade ago, a 7.6 magnitude quake in another part of northern Pakistan killed about 75,000 people.

Twitter reports on #earthquake

In Afghanistan, a total of 24 were reported dead on Monday including the 12 schoolgirls, seven people in the eastern province of Nangarhar, two in Nuristan province in the northeast and three in eastern Kunar province, officials said.

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Reader Comments (38)

  • just_someone
    Oct 26, 2015 - 8:31PM

    Yes, it is warning from Allah to people like you who are using His religion as a tool for your own gain. Recommend

  • Anon
    Oct 26, 2015 - 8:31PM

    If this was an act of God, then better I don’t believe in him.Recommend

  • abdullah
    Oct 26, 2015 - 8:32PM

    Most of the sins are comitted by the seminaries as they have put religion on sale.Recommend

  • Tajamal
    Oct 26, 2015 - 8:54PM

    If sin is reason of earthquake then there should b more earthquake in those part of world where the things which are sin for us are done by them and r considered as freedom. Earthquake don’t kill anyone but man made structure. If v construct sysmic proof building like Japan have done then there would be no human lose. Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Oct 26, 2015 - 9:09PM

    Just gotta love these doomsayers, especially with their after-the-fact ‘predictions’ !Recommend

  • Israr
    Oct 26, 2015 - 9:10PM

    You only have the right to say the earthquake is a result of your own mistakes, if you think so. Why blame others for the earthquake? Do you really believe the people killed in mud shacks in mountains were responsible for this earthquake? If Allah had to punish anyone, the first and foremost target, in my opinion, would be the people who (mis)use His religion for their business and monetary gains. Recommend

  • hammurabi
    Oct 26, 2015 - 9:14PM

    The most affected areas are remote where people just survive due to poverty.They are simple and religious.Recommend

  • singh
    Oct 26, 2015 - 10:02PM

    Only the poor suffer who r already poor & religious when such clamities strike.@hammurabi: Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Oct 26, 2015 - 10:05PM

    @Israr: I do not want to speak for the Maulanas. However, my friend, this is really the time when our nation should ask for collective forgiveness from Allah. Would be good if all of us do it.Recommend

  • someone
    Oct 26, 2015 - 10:05PM

    Seems Allah is angry with Muslims and no harm done to Kafirs.Recommend

  • Rationalist
    Oct 26, 2015 - 10:08PM

    Yeah, all right, Allah seems to be in favour of western countries, hardly hear of any big disaster from those countries. Grow up people.Recommend

  • ARJS
    Oct 26, 2015 - 11:23PM

    @just_someone:
    Whether you believe in Him or not, you will return to Him anyway. The choice is yours.Recommend

  • ahsan
    Oct 26, 2015 - 11:27PM

    May Allah keep us all safe from such calamities-Ameen.Recommend

  • Reality Check
    Oct 26, 2015 - 11:39PM

    Why would we expect Allah to come to our help what have we done to His religion. Destroyed it we are all responsible time for all of us to change. To think we personally are not at fault is a big fantasy. Our rulers are like this because we are like this sadly we dont see the obvious that we are all to blame. Hopefully we can change for the better and sooner rather than later.Recommend

  • Wah Bhai Wah
    Oct 26, 2015 - 11:44PM

    @Rationalist:
    Rationalism is only used in proving existence of God and never in judging what He has commanded or decreed. Everyone should educate himself about His verses and His prophets’ sayings before passing any judgment for no one is worthy of it but Him alone. If you have doubts about His existence, ask those knowledgeable who believe, have a discourse with them and then decide instead of being ‘the know it all’ yourself.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 26, 2015 - 11:51PM

    …..and this is the type of nonsense that needs to be stopped. Playing on the sentiments of the people with religion, especially at such a trying time, is not just irresponsible its tantamount to ‘ anti-state ‘ activity and should be dealt with.Recommend

  • A PhD in Civil
    Oct 26, 2015 - 11:56PM

    @Tajamal:
    For your kind information sir Japan has been constructing these seismic proof structures since in 1980s and they are considered father of this technology, yet the death toll crosses well over 22000. And do I need to remind you of the 2011 Fukushima when Japanese fully active nuclear reactors were floating near the Japanese shores posing threat to the whole region which mmoved the world too do something. Where was that ‘seismic proof’ capability then?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 26, 2015 - 11:57PM

    These mullahs find it fit to malign Islam on every occasion. Recommend

  • Toddler
    Oct 27, 2015 - 12:02AM

    @Rationalist:
    If being grown up is all about being braggy then I am better off a toddler than likes of you mindless drones.Recommend

  • just_someone
    Oct 27, 2015 - 12:08AM

    @ARJS:
    At a personal level I do, very much so…
    But I also strongly believe, at an institutional level, nothing like this should be said…
    Islam should NEVER be mentioned in politics, for any reason.Recommend

  • ARJS
    Oct 27, 2015 - 12:19AM

    @just_someone:

    Sorry, my previous post was meant for @Anon, not for you.Recommend

  • Farhan Khan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 12:36AM

    @Tajamal: Japanese used to think exactly the same way before getting drowned by Tsunami… Recommend

  • Ravi
    Oct 27, 2015 - 12:38AM

    That Hindu Kush was the epicenter of the earthquake should awaken the People of Pakistan to the significance why it’s happening and what’s in store for the days to come. Those who aren’t familiar with ‘Hindu Khash,’ should know that it’s where Hindus were massacred en-mass for their simple fault that they weren’t Muslim. There’s still time, use common sense while following the book, make peace with India and live a blissful life. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Oct 27, 2015 - 1:47AM

    Time for Pakistanis to covert to Hinduism as India seems to have escaped the quake.Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Oct 27, 2015 - 2:25AM

    @ARJS .. If I am born without me having any say in that; no one has any authority on me. If someone doesn’t like it, I should n’t have been born. Recommend

  • Khan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 3:10AM

    Why don’t they strike in south India where people don’t even worship Allah? Oh that’s right, because earthquakes are a result of plate tectonics, not because God is so vengeful and angry. Recommend

  • Aleem
    Oct 27, 2015 - 3:24AM

    @Parvez:
    How and what are they maligning? Does it really hurt you this much that someone is suggesting to turn to God in this hour of need and desperation? I really don’t see the big deal that the ulta-seculars and non-Muslims are making it out to be here.

    You don’t believe, fine, but the responsibility of the Islamic scholars is to remind people to turn back to the Almighty on every turn. Recommend

  • hammurabi
    Oct 27, 2015 - 3:32AM

    God is great.We do not know many things happening in the nature .God does not think like human beings.He cannot be that callous to kill his own creation .Let us not assume whether earth quake is a result of his wrath or otherwise.We should only learn from disasters and prevent the losses to humans and property.We have seen how Americans planned and dealt with storms like sandy.Recommend

  • hammurabi
    Oct 27, 2015 - 4:03AM

    None of us know what nature wants to do. Once Americas were part of Africa and those by some big action detatched.Big glaciers form and melt.We should try to use mind given by nature to plan and secure us from disasters.Recommend

  • jun
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:04AM

    mr.phd in civic,if same type of earthquakes happen in the other parts of world like we have here,much greater casualties and destruction would be for sure be inflicted.fukushima type was due to tsunami,not because of building collapse.pakistan should had taken precautions long ago since this area is full of earthquakes,whereas leaders and govts give no hoot to poor ppls lives,and eatup the funds,and just talk,talk.what a shame.and,when one listens to the mullahs,they blame ordinary ppl for sons,not the sins of the rich,corrupt,leaders.lot of life would be saved if govt spends like japan.we live here in japan,and we know earthquakesRecommend

  • Rex Minor
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:18AM

    I guess that the appeal from the religious seminaries to repent was meant for the believers and not for the devil’s advocates!

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Oct 27, 2015 - 7:05AM

    Allah is angry on those Muslims who believe in mullahs and moulvis.Recommend

  • eshaal awan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 9:58AM

    Whatever tomorrow was! we should all think and act upon to save today and future! because Allah Almighty is giving us warning again and again; but we are still busy in backbiting and worship of word …..but its all fake to love this world!
    May Allah bless us all. ameenRecommend

  • raw is war
    Oct 27, 2015 - 10:13AM

    And the people who died are any less religious than those who survived?Recommend

  • A PhD in Civil
    Oct 27, 2015 - 10:27AM

    @jun:
    Agreed to most of what you said, however, if you live there you should know that tsunami is also a result of earthquakes under the sea bed. Second major cause is volcanic eruptions under sea, which usually is quite predictable and rarely happens. The Fukushima incident of 2011 was coupled with seismic activity under the sea. Besides, japan being in the tsunami red zone constructs it’s on shore installations to be seismic resistant, however, these installations could not withstand what they were designed for. Take the message before it’s too late…. go ahead and research before becoming simply a mullah basher which is an easy way.
    Disclaimer: I’m not really a fan of mullahs. But mullah bashing has become a fashion and usually who do it leave behind good reason to do it. Recommend

  • Oct 27, 2015 - 12:33PM

    Is it a warning or punishment.? hoping it to be a warning.
    I assume God punishes sinners only. not the innocents.
    So by this logic all those who are killed were probably sinners . ? those who are injured are little less sinners. ? ( i dis agree with these Mullahs)
    We call politicians and leaders as most corrupt , exploiters and what not but alas they are not punished. Are we wrong or the Almighty is waiting ?Recommend

  • tahir
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:07PM

    How much more typical can the responses get to? The non Muslims are bashing Islam, while atheists who retain their Muslim identities are bashing the clerics. Laugh out loud. the seminaries were not addressing either of you when they issued the edict about repenting in the face of the earthquake. You see, you do not matter or count. You are not in the fold. So do not waste your bandwidth and time with these inane responses. Go back to your vintage drinks, to your lovely girlfriends and to the life of vanities you so adore. The clerics were addressing the rasikhk’ul aqeeda Muslims who responded to the call of clerics.You are being a spectator to an event not meant for you. Go back! Nothing here for you to see!!Recommend

  • NaangaPerbat
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:21PM

    @tahir:
    Where were you bhai? Rightly, said. Recommend

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