A couple of weeks ago, Australia has been faced with severe, in some days non-stop, heavy rain, that led to the flooding of shops, houses, cars and even some suburbs as a whole. As Muslims, should we think of it positively, or negatively? 

It is undeniable that this flood has caused mild to drastic damages, but what many don’t notice is the concealed message Allah has behind this natural disaster.  

Allah  states in surat Al Baqarah “…and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” [Quran 2:216]

Here, in this verse, Allah clearly tells us that some of the things He has written for us to happen, may appear harmful to us, but in reality, they have a hidden wisdom in which we might not understand until later. Sometimes even never. 

As Muslims, we have to keep in mind that everything we face takes place for a reason, and has a purpose. In this case, Allah reminds us of how grateful we should be for a stable environment; with neither too much rain, nor too little of it.

Allah reminds us to remember Him and thank Him for something we might see as simple because we have just gotten used to it. He reminds us that He is in control of every single matter on earth, and in less than an hour, He can change the climate to make a natural disaster that we have no control of, whatsoever. 

Culturally, we think of rain as a blessing, in rare cases, we know it’s a sign of Allah’s anger because of something we might have done that went against His orders. 

So was this continuously-flooding rain a blessing or a punishment?

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet (s) said, “there are no omens, but the best of it is optimism.” 

From this we can deduce that it is best to think of any calamity we face, as something to remind us of Allah; this includes the flooding that occurred. Because sometimes the loss of something can be worth the remembrance of Allah.