Conclusion: Allaah’s Various Types of Punishments and Their Causes—Shaikh Abdullaah Ibn Salfeeq Adh-Dhufayree (may Allaah preserve him)
An Obligation Upon All Muslims
O slaves of Allaah! It is obligatory upon all the Mukallafeen among the Muslims–those who have reached the age of accountability in Islaam and are of sound mind– to repent to Allaah (Glorified and Exalted Be He); adhering to steadfastness upon the Religion of Allaah and to be cautious of what Allaah has prohibited, such as Shirk and acts of disobedience; so that they can receive wellbeing and be safeguarded from all evils in this life and the next. And so that all calamities are repelled from them and all good is conferred upon them. O slaves of Allaah! All these affairs cannot be accomplished except through obedience to Allaah and His Messenger, just as Allaah (Glorified and Exalted Be He) stated:
[وَلَوۡ أَنَّ أَهۡلَ ٱلۡقُرَىٰٓ ءَامَنُواْ وَٱتَّقَوۡاْ لَفَتَحۡنَا عَلَيۡہِم بَرَكَـٰتٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضِ وَلَـٰكِن كَذَّبُواْ فَأَخَذۡنَـٰهُم بِمَا ڪَانُواْ يَكۡسِبُونَ]
And if the people of the towns had believed and had the Taqwa(piety), certainly, We should have opened for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So We took them (with punishment) for what they used to earn (polytheism and crimes, etc.). [7:96]
And Allaah (The Most High) said about the Ahlul Kitaab:
[وَلَوۡ أَنَّہُمۡ أَقَامُواْ ٱلتَّوۡرَٮٰةَ وَٱلۡإِنجِيلَ وَمَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيۡہِم مِّن رَّبِّہِمۡ لَأَڪَلُواْ مِن فَوۡقِهِمۡ وَمِن تَحۡتِ أَرۡجُلِهِمۚ ]
And if only they had acted according to the Taurat (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel), and what has (now) been sent down to them from their Lord (the Qur’an), they would surely have gotten provision from above them and from underneath their feet. [5:66]
And Allaah (The Most High) said:
[أَفَأَمِنَ أَهۡلُ ٱلۡقُرَىٰٓ أَن يَأۡتِيَہُم بَأۡسُنَا بَيَـٰتً۬ا وَهُمۡ نَآٮِٕمُونَ ]
[أَوَأَمِنَ أَهۡلُ ٱلۡقُرَىٰٓ أَن يَأۡتِيَهُم بَأۡسُنَا ضُحً۬ى وَهُمۡ يَلۡعَبُونَ ]
[أَفَأَمِنُواْ مَڪۡرَ ٱللَّهِۚ فَلَا يَأۡمَنُ مَڪۡرَ ٱللَّهِ إِلَّا ٱلۡقَوۡمُ ٱلۡخَـٰسِرُونَ ]
”Did the people of the towns then feel secure against the coming of Our Punishment by night while they are asleep? Or, did the people of the towns then feel secure against the coming of Our Punishment in the forenoon while they play? Did they then feel secure against the Plan of Allah. None feels secure from the Plan of Allah except the people who are the losers.” [7:97-99]
O slaves of Allaah! Fear Allaah and be mindful of Him in your actions and within your own souls, and amongst your families. Enjoin obedience to Allaah and adherence to the truth upon yourselves and your families. Abandon disobedience, evil and corruption. Exalt Allaah’s Sharee-ah (i.e. Allaah’s commandments, prohibitions, laws and everything Allah has ordained), and exalt the Qur’aan and the prayer.
The Shaikh (may Allaah reward him with abundant good in this life and the next) ended these beneficial reminders with long supplications-asking Allaah by His Lofty Names and Attributes for Guidance; Taqwa; wellbeing and self-sufficiency. He also supplicated to Allaah to repel all calamities from us and include us from those who are repentant. He also asked Allaah to grant the Muslims victory in every place, especially the people of Sunnah etc
[Source: [Abridged and slightly paraphrased. Source: عقوبات الله المتنوعة وأسبابُهاpages: 24-25]
This is the end of this series.
We ask Allaah to forgive us and our parents and show us mercy. We ask Allaah to grant us the goodness in this life and the Next life. We ask Allaah to grant us steadfastness and husnul khaatimah (i.e. a good ending in this life). Aameen. The next series will follow on soon In-Shaa-Allaah. And we ask Allaah to grant us with the ability to do so. Aameen.