Originally Posted by Jessica
could be both. One related verse .
And certainly, We shall test
you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin
(the patient ones, etc.).
( سورة البقرة , Al-Baqara, Chapter #2
, Verse #155
Are people that die in events like earthquakes can they be considered martyrs, or is it Gods will?
I think , not all people will be considered as martyrs as they had no such intention to do anything for God Almighty. And Allah knows Best.
I read a story like this : once angels asked God while destroying a city , should they kill a pious man. God said : start with him
. Because he does not forbid people from doing bad things.
Can Jinn cause natural diasters?
I don't think so . The power they have over human is limited and they can't do anything unless God allows it.
Who is being tested if someone is born with a hugely disabilitating disease that doesn't allow them to take actions or make discesions for themselves?
If u mean the mentally disabled persons , then to my knowledge , they won't be asked on the final day. Because what is halal and haram , that is applicable for sane and adults only.
Their condition could be a test for their parents / family members. They will get rewards if they show patience and take care of the disable member .
a related link:
Why Does Allah Allow Suffering and Evil in the World?
....the question should not be why does Allah allow suffering, but how much Allah protects us and saves us all the time in spite of our violations and negligence. The Qur’an says:
“If Allah were to punish people according to what they deserve, He would not leave on the back of the (earth) a single living creature: but He gives them respite for a stated Term: when their Term expires, verily Allah has in His sight all His servants."
But sometimes Allah does punish people because of their violations of His laws whether they are physical or moral. The Qur’an tells us that many nations and communities were destroyed because of their sinful lifestyles:
“If they treat thy (mission) as false, so did the Peoples before them (with their Prophets), the People of Noah, and Ad and Thamud.
Those of Abraham and Lut; and the Companions of the Madyan people; and Moses was rejected (in the same way). But I granted respite to the Unbelievers, and (only) after that did I punish them: but how (terrible) was My rejection (of them)! How many populations have We destroyed, which were given to wrong-doing!
They tumbled down on their roofs. And how many wells are lying idle and neglected, and castles lofty and well-built?"
Believers face the sufferings with prayers, repentance and good deeds. The non-believers face the sufferings with doubts and confusions. They blame Allah or make arguments against Him.
May Allah keep us on the right path, Amen!
Allah Almighty knows best.