Imam Ali quotes about calamity help us to understand the Islamic point of view about the catastrophes of this world. It helps us to know the root causes of the calamities of this world, how one can protect himself against the catastrophes and how he should react when he has to face any trouble or disaster. According to Islam, calamities of this world do not just include the earthquakes, cyclones and floods. It actually means the sufferings of people whether it is because of the losses of any sorts, health problems or because of any other reason. Science says that disasters happen because of the changes in weather and environment. But Islam has offered us a different opinion about the calamities.
The world has to face calamities because of the various reasons. One of the reasons is that Allah wants to test its creation that whether they really follow Him and how would they react in the situation. Moreover, it is also a form of wrath of Allah in this world. Whenever the sinners cross their lines, Allah brings wrath upon them as a punishment for them and as lesson to others. Hazrat Ali quotes about calamity and disaster and calamity inspire us that we should always have a strong faith in Allah and always pray to Him for His help even in the toughest hours of lives.
“Defend your faith (in Allah) with the help of charity. Protect your wealth with the aid of Zakat. Let the prayers guard you from calamities and disasters.”
“In this world, man is a target of death, an easy prey to calamities, here every morsel and every draught is liable to choke one, here one never receives a favor until he loses another instead, here every additional day in one’s life is a day reduced from the total span of his existence, when death is the natural outcome of life, how can we expect immortality?”
“One, who is willful and conceited, will suffer losses and calamities and one who seeks advice can secure advantages of many counsels.”
“A conceited and self-admiring person is disliked by others; charity and alms are the best remedies for ailments and calamities; one has to account in the next world for the deeds that he has done in this world.”
“Those who give up religion to better their lot in life seldom succeed. The Wrath of Allah makes them go through more calamities and losses than the gains they gather for themselves.”
“O people, beware of fondness of this world, because it is the head of every sin, the door to every misfortune, the companion of every sedition and the caller to every disaster.”
“When a misfortune befalls you, sacrifice your wealth for your souls. When a disaster befalls you, sacrifice your souls for your religion. You should realize that the very perishing one is that whose religion is stolen from him. It is surely there will be no poverty after Paradise and on prosperity after Hell.”
“Avarice is disgrace; cowardice is a defect; poverty often disables an intelligent man from arguing his case; a poor man is a stranger in his own town; misfortune and helplessness are calamities; patience is a kind of bravery; to sever attachments with the wicked world is the greatest wealth; piety is the best weapon of defense.”