It is established under the Quranic Principle of Allah Almighty that obedience to Allah, piety and good deeds invoke Allah’s Mercy and Jamaal and the result is prosperity and harmony.

Whereas if one transgresses and becomes disobedient to Allah and gets involved in committing evil, all that follows afterwards is Allah’s Anger and Jalaal and the result is chaos and destruction.

Hence, the Almighty states in the Holy Quran as follows:

فَمَنۡ یَّعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّۃٍ خَیۡرًا یَّرَہٗ ؕ﴿۷﴾

  Then whosoever has done good of an atoms weight shall see it.


وَ مَنۡ یَّعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّۃٍ شَرًّا یَّرَہٗ ٪﴿۸﴾

  And whosoever has done evil of an weight atom is shall see it.

(Al-Zalzalah 99, Verse 7-8)

The Consequences of People’s Good and Evil Actions:

وَلَوْ اَنَّ اَہۡلَ الْقُرٰۤی اٰمَنُوۡا وَاتَّقَوۡا لَفَتَحْنَا عَلَیۡہِمۡ بَرَکٰتٍ مِّنَ السَّمَآءِ وَالۡاَرْضِ وَلٰکِنۡ کَذَّبُوۡا فَاَخَذْنٰہُمۡ بِمَا کَانُوۡا یَکْسِبُوۡنَ ﴿۹۶﴾

  And if the people of the towns had believed and feared, then We would surely have opened upon them blessings from heaven and earth but they belied, then We arrested them on account of their doings.

(Al-A’raf 7, Verse 96)

It is quite clear from the verse that if people lead their lives with piety and obey Allah Almighty in His Commands then they will enjoy the blessings from Allah’s provision both from heaven and earth.  Allah will fill the crops that grow in farms with nutrition full of blessings from each and every drop that descends from the heaven.  Allah Almighty will make the living conditions absolutely peaceful for such people, so they may live happily and enjoy Allah’s blessings in His kingdom.  On the other hand, those who falsify Allah’s teachings and stain their souls with kufr, shirk, sins or transgression, then those ill-fated individuals the ultimate consequence for their doing it Allah’s Wrath and Anger resulting in their destruction.

Allah’s Generosity and Jamaal:

Allah Almighty has stated the following in this regard:

مَنْ عَمِلَ صٰلِحًا مِّنۡ ذَکَرٍ اَوْ اُنۡثٰی وَ ہُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْیِیَنَّہٗ حَیٰوۃً طَیِّبَۃً ۚ وَ لَنَجْزِیَنَّہُمْ اَجْرَہُمۡ بِاَحْسَنِ مَا کَانُوۡا یَعْمَلُوۡنَ ﴿۹۷﴾

  Whoever works good, male or female and be a Muslim, then certainly We shall make him live a good life; and necessarily, We shall give them their reward befitting to their best work.

(Al-Nahl 16, Verse 97)

A Pious Man’s Orchard:

The Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – has stated:

There was a man in the middle of a quiet barren field.  He saw a black cloud appeared above him and a voice came from within, instructing him to go and water a certain person’s orchard.

After dictating the command to this person the cloud headed in a certain direction and rained down on a rocky piece of land.  The rain water poured towards a drain and flowed.  The man became curious to see as to where this water was heading and thus followed the flow of water.  After completing some distance, he saw a man standing in his orchard and watering it with the flowing water with his hands.

He asked this person, “O pious servant of Allah, what is your name?”

He asked as to why he would tell him his name?  What is the matter?

He said explaining the reason for it, “I heard a voice coming from within this cloud to go and water a certain person’s orchard, so I asked your name to make sure whether you are the person whose orchard I am instructed to water or is it someone else?”

Hearing this the owner of the orchard mentioned his name which was the same name that was told by the voice coming from the cloud.

The man began to ask in amazement as to what such virtuous action has he been doing through this orchard, that the cloud has mentioned you by name and to water your orchard?

The owner of the orchard replied, “Though I do not like to talk much about myself but now, that you have asked then here we go.  What I have achieved through this orchard is that whenever I harvest it, I divide it in three portions:

  1. Allocated for distribution among the poor and needy as charity
  2. For my family
  3. To invest in the upkeep and maintenance of the orchard.”

This was the manifestation of:

وَلَوْ اَنَّ اَہۡلَ الْقُرٰۤی اٰمَنُوۡا وَاتَّقَوۡا لَفَتَحْنَا عَلَیۡہِمۡ بَرَکٰتٍ مِّنَ السَّمَآءِ وَالۡاَرْضِ

  And if the people of the towns had believed and feared, then We would surely have opened upon them blessings from heaven and earth.

(Al-A’raf 7, Verse 96)

The Speech of Sayyiduna Nooh – peace be upon him

This is the speech which Sayyiduna Nooh – peace be upon him – imparted with his nation and taught them for the period 950 years:

فَقُلْتُ اسْتَغْفِرُوۡا رَبَّکُمْؕ اِنَّہٗ کَانَ غَفَّارًا ﴿ۙ۱۰﴾

  And I said (to my nation), ‘beg forgiveness of your Lord, He is Most Forgiving.

یُّرْسِلِ السَّمَآءَ عَلَیۡکُمۡ مِّدْرَارًا ﴿ۙ۱۱﴾

  He will send down upon you rain in torrents.


 وَّ یُمْدِدْکُمْ بِاَمْوٰلٍ وَّ بَنِیۡنَ وَ یَجْعَلۡ لَّکُمْ جَنّٰتٍ وَّ یَجْعَلۡ لَّکُمْ اَنْہٰرًا ﴿ؕ۱۲﴾

  And He will help you with wealth and children and will make for you gardens and will make for you streams.


مَا لَکُمْ لَا تَرْجُوۡنَ لِلہِ وَقَارًا ﴿ۚ۱۳﴾

  What happened to you, that you hope not to achieve honour from Allah?

(Nooh 71, Verse 10-13)

This was the speech of Sayyiduna Nooh – peace be upon him.  Now ponder over it and you will find out that the conclusion of his speech is to inculcate piety in his people so they could experience the Generosity and Jamaal of Allah Almighty and lead a prosperous life.

He told them in clear words that if they led the life of piety then Allah Almighty will send down rain of His Mercy and bless them with wealth, children, gardens and make streams flow for them.

There is something I must share with you which Imam Hasan – may Allah be pleased with him – had pointed out for us to take a lesson from the Speech of Sayyiduna Nooh – peace be upon him.

He was once seated in a gathering and Rabee’ ibn Sabee’ was among the ones present there.  A Muslim man visited the Imam and said, “O Aulaad-e-Rasool!  We never a had single drop of rain in our area this year and are suffering with severe drought.  Please inform me of an action which bring rain.”

The Imam replied, “You must seek Allah’s forgiveness (istighfar).”

A second man appeared after him and asked, “I am broke due to poverty and bankruptcy.  Please advise me as to how I can have an increase in my provision?”

The Imam replied, “Seek the forgiveness of Allah (istighfar).”

After this man had departed, a third individual came and asked, “O Imam, I am deprived of the happiness of having a child.  Please prescribe for me a Du’a so I may have a child?”

The Imam replied, “Seek the forgiveness of Allah (istighfar).”

There came a fourth person after a short while and began to cry vigorously and narrated his sad story, “O the Imam of AhleBayt, my land has become so infertile that it is unable to grow any vegetation anymore.  Please tell me a remedy for it.”

The Imam replied, “Seek the forgiveness of Allah (istighfar).”

Seeing all of this Rabee’ ibn Sabeeh could not keep silence any further and his curiosity got better of him.  He said, “O Imam, all of the four individuals were suffering from different elements, but you prescribed a single for all, how is that possible?”

The Imam replied, “O Rabee’ ibn Sabeeh, do you not remember the following verse of Surah Nooh?:

فَقُلْتُ اسْتَغْفِرُوۡا رَبَّکُمْؕ اِنَّہٗ کَانَ غَفَّارًا ﴿ۙ۱۰﴾

  And I said (to my nation), ‘beg forgiveness of your Lord, He is Most Forgiving.

یُّرْسِلِ السَّمَآءَ عَلَیۡکُمۡ مِّدْرَارًا ﴿ۙ۱۱﴾

  He will send down upon you rain in torrents.


 وَّ یُمْدِدْکُمْ بِاَمْوٰلٍ وَّ بَنِیۡنَ وَ یَجْعَلۡ لَّکُمْ جَنّٰتٍ وَّ یَجْعَلۡ لَّکُمْ اَنْہٰرًا ﴿ؕ۱۲﴾

  And He will help you with wealth and children and will make for you gardens and will make for you streams.

Rabee’ ibn Sabeeh was stunned at the brilliance of the Imam when he heard this response from him.  He admired his deep and profound understanding of Deen.

(Tafseer Saawi Vol. 4, p. 250)

Allah’s Anger and Jalaal:

Destruction of the Nation of ‘Aad:

The punishment of Allah that descended on the nation of ‘Aad is a famously known fact.  It was the result of their wrongdoings.  A horrifying windstorm came and swept away this, once a powerful nation, off their feet as if they were specs.  Their tall and strong structures fell flat to the ground, shattered and turned into dust and were blown away by the wind.

Let us hear the story of their destruction from the Holy Quran as follows:

وَ اَمَّا عَادٌ فَاُہۡلِکُوۡا بِرِیۡحٍ صَرْصَرٍ عَاتِیَۃٍ ۙ﴿۶﴾

  And as for Aad, they were destroyed by a fierce roaring windstorm.


سَخَّرَہَا عَلَیۡہِمْ سَبْعَ لَیَالٍ وَّ ثَمٰنِیَۃَ اَیَّامٍ ۙ حُسُوۡمًا ۙ فَتَرَی الْقَوْمَ فِیۡہَا صَرْعٰی ۙ کَاَنَّہُمْ اَعْجَازُ نَخْلٍ خَاوِیَۃٍ ۚ﴿۷﴾

  Which He subjected them forcefully for seven nights and eight days consecutively, then see those people in it lying down, as though they were trunks of palm-trees lying down.


 فَہَلْ تَرٰی لَہُمۡ مِّنۡۢ بَاقِیَۃٍ ﴿۸﴾

  Which He subjected them forcefully for seven nights and eight days consecutively, then see those people in it lying down, as though they were trunks of palm-trees lying down.

(Al-Haaqqah 69, Verse 6-8)

Destruction of the Nation of Thamood:

Hazrat Saleh – peace be upon him – was sent as a Prophet towards the nation of Thamood.  When he invited them to embrace Islam by delivering Allah’s commands to them those nasty people demanded him to perform a miracle that he must take out a pregnant camel from the middle of mountains which must be healthy and free from all defects.

Hence, he pointed at a rock and it instantly burst and a beautiful, tall and healthy she-camel emerged from within and she was also pregnant.  She bore her infant right after coming out of it and grazed in the field with her infant.

That town had only one pond that used to fill with the spring-water from mountains around it.  He told them, “Look O people, it’s a miraculous camel and one day, she will drink all the water of the pond and then you will drink from it the next day.”  They accepted it and then he delivered the following Quranic speech in front of them:

یٰقَوْمِ اعْبُدُوا اللہَ مَا لَکُمۡ مِّنْ اِلٰہٍ غَیۡرُہٗ ؕ قَدْ جَآءَتْکُمۡ بَیِّنَۃٌ مِّنۡ رَّبِّکُمْ ؕ ہٰذِہٖ نَاقَۃُ اللہِ لَکُمْ اٰیَۃً فَذَرُوۡہَا تَاۡکُلْ فِیۡۤ اَرْضِ اللہِ وَلَاتَمَسُّوۡہَا بِسُوۡٓءٍ فَیَاۡخُذَکُمْ عَذَابٌ اَلِیۡمٌ ﴿۷۳﴾

‘O my people! worship Allah, you have no God other than He. Undoubtedly, there has come to you bright proof from your Lord, this is a she-camel of Allah a sign for you. So leave her that she may eat in Allah’s earth and touch her not with evil, lest a painful torment will overtake you.

(Al-A’raaf 7, Verse 73)

They were patient on the hardship for few days due to not getting water for one day, for the camel used to drink all the water of the pond, therefore, they decided to kill the camel.

Qadaar Ibn Saalif:

This man was red in complexion with brown eyes.  He was of short stature and the son of a adulteress woman.  He came forward to kill the camel with the consensual agreement of all the people.  Hazrat Saleh – peace be upon him – kept on trying to stop him but he did not listen.  He firstly cut all four legs of the camel and then slaughtered it, and then he had a dialogue with Hazrat Saleh – peace be upon him – in a very indecent way.  Allah Almighty states in the Holy Quran:

فَعَقَرُوا النَّاقَۃَ وَعَتَوْا عَنْ اَمْرِ رَبِّہِمْ وَقَالُوۡا یٰصٰلِحُ ائْتِنَا بِمَا تَعِدُنَاۤ اِنۡ کُنۡتَ مِنَ الْمُرْسَلِیۡنَ ﴿۷۷﴾

  Then they hamstrung the she-camel and rebelled against the command of their Lord and said, ‘O Saleh, ‘bring upon us that which you are promising for, if you are a Messenger.

(Al-A’raaf 7, Verse 77)

The Torment of Earthquake:

Allah’s punishment descended on the nation of Thamood as a fierce roar, and then there were deadly earthquakes in which the entire town was turned upside down and everything was destroyed.  All the buildings were demolished and each and every member of the nation of Thamood fell on their knees and died.

The Holy Quran mentioned as follows:

فَاَخَذَتْہُمُ الرَّجْفَۃُ فَاَصْبَحُوۡا فِیۡ دَارِہِمْ جٰثِمِیۡنَ ﴿۷۸﴾

  Then the earthquake took them so in the morning they lay prostrate in their homes.

(Al-A’raaf 7, Verse 78)

When Hazrat Saleh – peace be upon him – saw that the whole town has been destroyed with severe earthquakes and became a dump-yard of bricks and stones, and the entire nation has been killed, he became very sad.  He hated the nation of Thamood and their town so much that he turned his face on them and while he was leaving he told the dead corpse the following on his way:

فَتَوَلّٰی عَنْہُمْ وَقَالَ یٰقَوْمِ لَقَدْ اَبْلَغْتُکُمْ رِسَالَۃَ رَبِّیۡ وَنَصَحْتُ لَکُمْ وَلٰکِنۡ لَّاتُحِبُّوۡنَ النّٰصِحِیۡنَ ﴿۷۹﴾

  Then Saleh turned back his face from them and said, ‘O my people! Undoubtedly, I did deliver to you the messages of my Lord, and wished your good, but you do not approve the well-wishers.

(Al-A’raaf 7, Verse 79)

As a conclusion, the whole nation of Thamood was destroyed and not even one of them remained alive.  No descendant of their nation exists today on the earth’s surface.

(Tafseer Saawi Vol. 2, p. 688)

Now, that we have well understood the concept of Allah’s Jamaal and Jalaal, let us conclude this Naseeha and act upon what we have leant.

Conclusion:

Allah Almighty states the following in the Holy Quran:

وَ مَاۤ اَصٰبَکُمۡ مِّنۡ مُّصِیۡبَۃٍ فَبِمَا کَسَبَتْ اَیۡدِیۡکُمْ

  And whatever affliction reached you; is due to what Your hands have earned.

(Al-Shoora 42, Verse 30)

It is nothing but the result of our own doing, so who can we give credit to when we receive Allah’s Jamaal and His Jalaal?  It is us, of course.

He states the following as well:

ظَہَرَ الْفَسَادُ فِی الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ بِمَا کَسَبَتْ اَیۡدِی النَّاسِ لِیُذِیۡقَہُمۡ بَعْضَ الَّذِیۡ عَمِلُوۡا لَعَلَّہُمْ یَرْجِعُوۡنَ ﴿۴۱﴾

  The mischief has appeared in the land and sea, because of the evils earned by the hands of men, so that He may make them taste some of their doings, that haply they may turn back.

)Al-Rum 30, Verse 41)

And lastly, it is the Sunnah of Allah Almighty as he states in the following verse of the Holy Quran:

وَکَمْ قَصَمْنَا مِنۡ قَرْیَۃٍ کَانَتْ ظَالِمَۃً وَّ اَنۡشَاۡنَا بَعْدَہَا قَوْمًا اٰخَرِیۡنَ ﴿۱۱﴾

  And how many towns that were oppressing, We utterly destroyed and raised up another people after them.

 (Al-Ambiya 21, Verse 11)