When I was a child, being raised in the teachings of Christianity; I was taught that The Creator brought destruction upon people who were mean spirited, hateful and evil.
Stubborn and wicked people who disobeyed the Guidance given to them from *G-D.
They rejected G-D’s Guidance sent thru Prophets like Noah, Abraham, Lot, and Moses.
I was also taught in Sunday school, about the Plagues that were brought upon the Egyptian people; because they refused to accept what the Prophet Moses had asked them to do.
Plagues like their water turned into blood (polluted waters), swarms of Locust devouring their crops, floods, invasion of frogs, drought and the death of their firstborn sons (favored children).
(Over the last few years we have seen favored children die in unnecessary, meaningless wars)
Also, I was told the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The people of those cities were guilty of having abnormal sex.
Men laying (having sex) with other men and women laying with other women.
The Prophet Lot had warned them against their perverted behaviour; but they refused to listen.
So the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and their people were destroyed by Fire and Brimstone.
In the Holy **Qur’an this is what our Creator says about HIS Punishment on the wicked:
With The Name of The One True G-D, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
Each one of them ***WE seized for his crime: of them, against some WE sent a violent tornado (with showers of stones); some were caught by a (mighty) Blast; some WE caused the Earth to swallow up (in earthquakes); and some WE drowned (in floods):
It was not The One True G-D, WHO injured (or oppressed) them:” They injured (and oppressed) their own souls.
(End of Qur’anic verse)
As a child I never understood why those people didn’t listen to those Prophets.
According to the Bible these Prophets clearly showed by the power of their miracles; that they were indeed Messengers of G-D.
As an adult I fully understand why people do not pay attention to teachings about being righteous.
The evils of the world is too enticing.
The promoters of evil makes unrighteousness more appealing than being a good person.
Love for the pleasurable things in life, keep many of us away from making an adjustment to our immoral behaviour.
The Creator says in the Divine Scriptures that HE will never punish people until HE has sent them a Warner.
Have we been warned?
Yes we have been.
And we have been shown and taught many examples of how to become better Human Beings.
We have many recent examples of famous, good and kind-hearted Human Beings.
People like President Carter, Pope John Paul II, Pope Francis, Imam W.D. Mohamed, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Deepak Chopra, Joel Osteen, Chiara Lubich, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Reverend Robert H. Schuller, etc.etc.
These people have clearly shown us how to be better Human Beings.
Here are other verses from the Holy Qur’an about punishment:
To the Thamud people (WE sent) Salih (as their Prophet), one of their own brethren:
He said: “O my people! worship The One True G-D.”
“You have no other god but HIM.”
“Now has come unto you a clear (Message) from your Lord-Creator!”
“This she-camel is a Sign unto you from G-D: So leave her to graze in
G-D’s Earth, and let her come to no harm, or you shall be seized with a grievous punishment.”
“And remember how HE made you inheritors (in this place) after the ‘Ad people and gave you habitations in their land: you build for yourselves palaces and castles in (open) plains, and carve out homes in the mountains; so remember the benefits (you have received) from The One G-D, and refrain from evil and mischief on the Earth.”
The leaders of the arrogant party among his people said to those who were reckoned powerless – those among them who believed (in Salih):
“Do you know indeed that Salih is an Apostle from his Lord-Creator?”
They said: “We do indeed believe in the Revelation which hath been sent through him.”
The Arrogant party said: “For our part, we reject what you believe in.”
Then they cruelly, slaughtered the she-camel, and insolently defied the order of their Lord-Creator, saying:
“O Salih! bring about your threats, if you are indeed a Messenger (of G-D)!”
So the earthquake took them unawares, and they laid lifeless in their homes in the morning!
So Salih turned away from them, saying: “O my people! I did indeed convey to you the Message for which I was sent by my Guardian-Lord”:
“I gave you good counsel, but you love not good counsellors!”
(End of Qur’anic verses)
I have been reading this story about the Prophet Salih for the past 40 years.
The beautiful she-camel that The Creator gave to Salih’s people as a Sign.
A beautiful innocent animal who had done no wrong to anyone. Yet they brutally slaughtered her.
The people’s hearts had become hardened against any kind of Human sentiment.They were arrogant, mean spirited and hateful.
They boldly slaughter this innocent animal; just to show that they cared little about Salih’s warning or fear of the consequences of disobeying The Creator.
I have always wondered if we in the USA have also been given a symbol like that she-camel.
And I believe we have.
The brutal treatment meted out in the past and also now in the present to the Native people of this continent.
Their ancestors welcomed the Pilgrims from England with open arms.
They helped them to settle in America; by providing them with food and support.
The Pilgrim and their descendants responded by stealing their land and killing those who resisted.
Today there is also a high rate of Native Americans killed by those in law enforcement.
Also we hear about the numerous brutal killing of young (and sometimes old) African Americans by the police (or sometimes police wannabees).
In the majority of these killings the victims are innocent of any major crime.
What has shocked me is that so many Americans have become so hard-hearted that they have no sympathy for the victims or the victims’ families.
They have no sympathy because their hearts have been hardened by racial prejudices.
Many show more sympathy for the police who are responsible for the killings than those murdered.
Because usually the police personnel who have committed the murders, are Caucasians, and the victims are of African descent.
They even had no sympathy for a 12 year old child playing with a toy gun that was killed on a playground by the police.
Or for a man shot dead in a Walmart store, holding a BB gun he intended to purchase.
Or a man shot while laying on the ground with both his hands in the air.
Or a man recently killed in Oklahoma, while holding his hands high in the air.
Many Caucasian Americans have so much racial animosity and hatred for the innocent people, being slaughtered that they don’t care.
Their Humanity has taken a back-seat to their racial hatred.
The message of the New Testament story about the “Good Samaritan,” is lost to many of them; who claim to be followers of Jesus.
The real message of the “Good Samaritan” is: how do you treat people who are not of your race nor of your religion.
You may claim to be a good Human Being because you care for your family, your neighbours, the members of your own religion and the members of your race.
But the the real test from G-D is how do you treat others who are not of your race nor a member of your religion.
The majority of so-called religious people in America have failed that test.
Their hearts are hardened against compassion for anyone outside of their own race.
Here are a few verses from the Qur’an, about hardheartedness:
Before you (O Muhammed) WE sent (Apostles) to many nations, and WE afflicted the nations with suffering and adversity, that they might learn humility.
When the suffering reached them from ***US, why then did they not learn humility?
On the contrary their hearts became hardened, and Satan made their (sinful) acts seem alluring to them.
But when they forgot the warning they had received, WE opened to them the gates of all (good) things, until, in the midst of their enjoyment of ***OUR gifts, on a sudden, WE called them to account, when behold! they were plunged in despair!
(End of Qur’anic verses)
The Prophet Moses was so fed up with Pharaoh and his wickedness that according to the Qur’an he made this prayer”
“Moses prayed: “Our Guardian-Lord! YOU have indeed bestowed on Pharaoh and his chiefs luxury and wealth in the life of the present, and so, Our Lord-Creator, they are leading (Mankind) astray from Your Path.”
“Our Lord-Creator, wipe out their wealth, and send hardness to their hearts, so they will not believe until they see the grievous penalty.”
Being hard-hearted is a thing to fear.
When a community of people become hard-hearted; it is the precursor for Divine punishment.
The presidential candidacy of Donald Trump has shown that many people in America have become hard-hearted and hateful.
There has been a rise of racial and religious incidents since he has been sprouting coded words that appeal to people with racial and religious hatred.
Many Americans (of all races) are now filled with anger and hatred.
Recently there have risen groups and individuals among African Americans; who are promoting hatred against Caucasians.
They claim that because of the historic and present day bad treatment of African Americans by some Caucasians; is a justification for their hatred.
There is no justification for becoming hateful.
Cultivating hatred within your soul WILL destroy your Humanity.
Without Human sentiments your life will be a living hell.
I fear that many destructive things (both natural and unnatural) will soon befall the United States of America.
And destruction and all kinds of calamity will happen to any other city or country; around the world where the majority of the people living there display hatred for others not of their own nationality, religion or ethnic group.
That destruction may come singly to each wicked individual; or it may come in a massive destruction to large groups of people.
Many times when punishment is being meted out to individuals; it will not be apparent to those around them.
But no wicked person on this Earth will escape being punished in this life.
Here are a few more verses from the Holy Qur’an:
With The Name of The One True G-D, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
The ungodly say: “We shall neither believe in this scripture (the Qur’an) nor in (any) that (came) before it (the Torah and Gospel).”
Could you but see when the wrong-doers will be made to stand before their Lord-Creator (on Judgment Day), throwing back the word (of blame) on one another!
Those who had been weak minded will say to the arrogant ones: “Had it not been for you, we should certainly have been believers (in G-D’s Guidance)!”
The arrogant ones will say to those who had been weak (minded): “Was it we who kept you back from following the right path, after it had become obvious to you?”
“No, it was but you (yourselves) who were guilty (of rejecting The One True G-D’s Guidance) after it reached you. It was you (yourselves)who transgressed!”
But those who had been weak (minded) will say unto those who had gloried in their arrogance (and riches):
“No, (what kept us away was your) devising of false arguments, night and day, (against G-D’s messages) when you persuaded us to blaspheme against G-D and to claim that there are others that were equal to HIM (multi gods)!”
And when they see the suffering (that awaits them), they will (all) be unable to express (the full depth of) their remorse: for WE shall have put shackles around the necks of those who had been bent on denying the truth: (and) will this be anything but a [just] requital for what they were doing?
For [thus it is:] whenever WE sent a Warner to any community, those of its people who had lost themselves entirely in the pursuit of (illicit) pleasures would declare, “Behold, we deny that there is any truth in (what you claim to be) your message!” –
And they would add, “We have more in riches and in children, and we are not going to be made to suffer.”
Say (to them): “Verily my Lord-Creator enlarges and restricts the Blessings (wealth, knowledge etc.) to whom HE pleases, but most men (and women) do not understand (G-D’s Way).”
It is not your riches nor your children, that will bring you nearer to US in degree: but only those who believe and work righteousness – these are the ones for whom there is a multiplied Reward for their deeds, while secure they (reside) in the mansions (in Paradise)!
Those who strive against **OUR Signs by convincing others not to believe in them, will be given over into Punishment.
Say (to them): “Verily my Lord-Creator enlarges and restricts the Blessings (wealth, knowledge etc.) to such of HIS servants as HE pleases: and nothing do you spend in the least (to help in the cause of righteousness) but HE replaces it: for HE is the Best of those who grant Blessings (wealth, knowledge etc.).
One Day HE will gather them all together, and say to the Angels, “Was it You that these men (and women) used to worship?”
They will reply, “Glory to YOU! Our (allegiance) is with YOU (Alone)- as Master-Creator – not with them. No, but they worshipped and imitated the Jinns (famous silly minded, foolish personalities): most of them believed in them.”
So on that Day no power shall they have over each other, for profit or harm: and WE shall say to those who gave in to doing evil deeds, “Taste you the Penalty of the (Hell) Fire,- that which you wanted to deny!”
When OUR Clear Signs are rehearsed to them, they say, “This is only a man who wishes to turn you away from the (religion) which your fathers practised.”
And they say, “This (Qur’an) is only a falsehood invented (by a man)!” And the Ungodly say of the Truth when it comes to them, “This is nothing but spellbinding fantasy!”
But WE had not given them Revelations which they could study, nor sent Apostles to them before (WE sent) you as a Warner.
And their predecessors rejected (the Truth); these have not received a tenth of what WE had granted to those: yet when they rejected MY Apostles, how (terrible) was MY rejection (of them)!
(End of Qur’anic verses)
*G-D instead of god. G O D spelt backwards is dog. This is not a respectful spelling of a word to be used in reference to The All-Mighty Creator of the Heavens and Earth.
** Qur’an is the Revelation given to Muhammed the son of Abdullah, of Arabia in the 7th century.
This Revelation was given to him from the Angel Gabriel, over a time period of 23 years.
Just like the majority of Arabs at that time, Muhammed could neither read nor write.
The Merciful Creator used him and his people; to demonstrate to the ‘Learned’ of this world that HE Alone is in control of HIS creation.
To show them that they are not in control of knowledge and wisdom.
HE raised a man who had been illiterate from among an illiterate people.
HE gave him a Message that would/will transform the world.
A world that had/has been made corrupt by false teachings about the nature of Mankind; false teachings about religion and false teachings about who The Creator is.
***WE, US, OUR is a reference in the Qur’an to the Angels who have been created by our Creator. They are assigned the responsibility to manage everything and everyone in creation. They are totally obedient to the Commands of The Master-Creator. They obey HIS Commands without question.