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Visiting, Staying Places Where There Are/were Allah's Curses

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Visiting, Staying in places where the people are/ were subject to
curses of Allah

So they killed the she camel and insolently defied the Commandment of their Lord, and said: "O Salih! Bring about your threats if you are indeed one of the Messengers (of Allah)." So the earthquakes seized them and they lay dead, prostrate in their homes. Then he (Salih) turned from them, and said: "O my people! I have indeed conveyed to you the Message of my Lord, and have give you good advise but you like not good advisers." (Ch 7:73-79 Quran)

All were destroyed before they realized what was happening. As for the people who believed in the message of Salih (PBUH), they were saved because they had left the place.

Ibn Umar narrated that while the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was passing by Thamud's houses on his way to the battle of Tabuk, he stopped together with the people there. the people fetched water from the wells from which the people of Thamud used to drink. They prepared their dough (for baking) and filled their water skins from it (the water from the wells). The Prophet of Allah (PBUH) ordered them to empty the water skins and give the prepared dough to the camels. Then he went away with them until they stopped at the well from which the she camel (of Salih) used to drink. He warned them against entering upon the people that had been punished, saying "I fear that you may be affected by what afflicted them; so do no enter upon them."

Two LESSONS from the above

1.  Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) himself avoided the places with curse and instructed His Companions to MOVE FAST from  those places. And how dare we are to say Muslims are well off to stay in places where there are huge numbers of gay/ lesbians, their legal acceptance thru state legislature, and recent development of  unprecedented daylight nudity -ESPN Body issue; World Naked Bike Ride; Hull festival, Nude protest, etc. All is done in the name of freedom of choice. But we see these as animalism (as stated in Quran), and then the question is why don’t eat like animal, eat #### of each other, why need so many research, learning, education, laws, rules, courts, justice, civilizations.


  1. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) could have said, ‘Don’t be afraid of  the punishment of hundreds of years ago, I am, the best human and the best prophet with you, and you my companions are the best of the best people, ten of you already declared as Jannati by Allah and we would rather make this place like heaven’. But Prophet didn’t, He was rather so much Allah fearing (taqwa), submissive. What a magnificent sincerity.


This second incident is a guidance from Quran -The "People of the Garden" in Dharawan

As stated by a recent visitor ------------


Our next port-of-call was another place of fear and apprehension and a sight where the punishment of Allah Most High had descended.

Allah Most High reveals in Surah al-Qalam the episode of a pious and devout individual who had constructed a garden containing different types of fruits and vegetation. Whenever the time of harvesting would arrive, his habit was to maintain some of the growth for himself and his family, whilst he would distribute the remainder amongst the poor and needy of his community. When this pious
individual passed away, his sons inherited his garden. However, they were completely opposite to their devout father. They said: "Our father was insane for giving so much away to the poor and needy. We will surely not let this continue." Hence, when the time of harvesting arrived, they did not allow for any poor person to even come close to the garden. They made arrangements at night before going to sleep to safeguard their garden from the poor and needy. They woke up in the morning thinking that today we will have
everything to ourselves and not give anything to the poor; and thus they made their way to the garden. However, Allah Most High punished them for this evil intention and destroyed all that had grown in their garden overnight. When they arrived at their garden in the morning, nothing had remained. Upon seeing this, they became remorseful and regretted their actions. Then they started blaming
each other for what they had done. Allah Most High said that such is the punishment of whoever opposes the command of Allah, is stingy and withholds the right of the poor and needy. And the punishment of the hereafter is more severe. (See: Tafsir Ibn Kathir, 4/522-523)

Allah Most High describes the above incident in the following verses of Surah al-Qalam:

"Verily, We have tried them as We tried the People of the Garden, when they resolved to gather the fruits of the (garden) in the morning, but made no reservation. Then there came on the (garden) a visitation from Your Lord, (which swept away) all around, while they were asleep. So the (garden) became, by the morning, like a dark and desolate spot. As the morning broke, they called out, one to another, go you to your tilth in the morning, if you would gather the fruits. So they departed, conversing in secret low tones,
(saying) let not a single indigent person break in upon you into the (garden) this day. And they opened the morning, strong in an (unjust) resolve. But when they saw the (garden), they said: We have surely lost our way. Indeed we are shut out (of the fruits of our labour). Said one of them, more just (than the rest): Did I not say to you, Why not glorify (Allah)? They said: Glory to our Lord! Verily we have been doing wrong! Then they turned, one against another, in reproach. They said: Alas for us! We have indeed  transgressed. It may be that our Lord will give us in exchange a better (garden) than this: for we do turn to Him (in repentance). Such is the Punishment (in this life); but greater is the Punishment in the Hereafter, if only they knew
." (Surah al-Qalam, Verses 17-33)

The Qur'an, in accordance with its normal practice, does not mention where this incident took place. Allah Most High normally describes such incidents as a warning; hence it does not matter where they occur. However, scholars try their best to establish the place and area where such incidents take place.


Imam Ibn Kathir (Allah have mercy on him) states in his commentary of the Qur'an:

"Some of the early scholars have mentioned that these people were of Yemen . Sa'id ibn Jubayr (Allah be pleased with him), the great Tabi'i, said: "They were from a village called Dharawan, which is six miles from San'a." Some said they were from Habasha." (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, 4/523)

After offering our Asr Salat, we made our way to the area of Dharawan. This place till today is called Dharawan. It is said, according to what Imam Ibn Kathir has mentioned above, that the punishment of Allah descended here. We travelled a distance of around half hour from San'a until we reached the village of Dharawan. This was a small village where people lived and there was a small market place. The actual place of the garden was beyond the village hence we travelled through the village. We asked the locals for directions to the actual place of the punishment and finally we had reached there. The sight that was in front of our eyes was scary, unbelievable and intimidating. Until now, all the surrounding lands I had seen were in their normal colour, brownish and dust-coloured. However, this land, where it is said the garden existed and where the punishment of Allah descended, was pitch-black and scary. It was not only black; rather there were spiky thorn-like black stones all over the place which made it very difficult to walk. It seemed like a large fire had burnt the whole land. The locals also called this land "Ard al-Hariqa" which meant " Burnt Land". We remained here for only a few minutes, as the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) has advised us to MOVE AWAY QUICKLY from the places of
punishment. I sought the protection of Allah from His punishment, supplicated to be saved from the eternal punishment of the hereafter and quickly made my way back to the car. May Allah save us all from His wrath, anger and punishment in this world and the hereafter, Ameen.

LESSON from this incident:

The brothers asked for Allah’s forgiveness (as stated in Quran) and most probably they were forgiven, and yet Allah made the place uncultivable till to date. And we see future in places of Allah’s transgressors. May Allah save us all from His wrath, anger and punishment in this world and the hereafter, Ameen.



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