Thanks Dr. Saheb for bring up this important point about the “Wrath of God”.
Very often we blame God for our follies. Let’s take a look at famines. If one were to analyze the prominent famines that have struck different parts of the world in the past century, she will notice that the famines were a result of human mismanagement viz. inefficient allocation of resources and goods, improper management, wrong priorities, etc. For example, the Somali famine of the 90s was purely the result of the selfish war-mongering of the land’s rulers. The Great Chinese Famine of 1958-1961 that killed 15 million people (read that again: 15 million people) was directly related to Mao’s Great Leap Forward, a movement that disregarded human life at the cost of development. The Great Leap Forward required farmers to form collectivized farming and prevented them from cultivating private farms. This forced collectivization substantially reduced the incentives for the farmers. In addition, since iron and steel production had been identified as a key goal of the Great Leap Forward, millions of farmers were ordered away from agricultural work to join the iron and steel production workforce. So, no farms meant no food. No food meant famine. Who was responsible? God? Or Man?
Conversely, when there was a drought during Hazrat Umar’s caliphate, food caravans were quickly arranged from Syria and each citizen was ordered to share his food with two other Muslims until the time the caravans reached Medina. Notice how efficient management prevented a crisis. Now, whose fault is it that the likes of Robert Mugabes, Pol Pots and Asif Zardaris are elected all over the world, whilst budding Umars are not even recognized? Definitely not God’s.
Shoot yourself in the foot and conveniently call it the “wrath of God”. How childish.
Speaking of shooting oneself in the foot, having given up the Qur’an, and having accorded the Mullah the status of a demi god, we have been doing exactly that for 1200 years. And then we ask why God has forsaken us. “Wrath of God”? I don’t think so.