The low-lying areas of Sylhet and Sunamganj region have been flooded by early flash floods. About 1.5 million people of our country have been affected by this untimely floods. Due to a downhill onrush of water and heavy rainfall for the last few days all rivers and canals in Sylhet region including the Kushiara and the Surma are flowing above the danger level. Many parts of Sylhet and Sunamganj districts have become inaccessible. According to weather experts, if incessant rains in Meghalaya and Assam districts in India continue, the flood situation might worsen further in the region. Thousands of hectares of croplands went under water. Many flood affected people have taken shelter in schools and cyclone shelters. They need emergency food items, including rice, pulse, sugar, salt, oil and saline.
Natural disasters are also tests for people. If the affected people have patience they will come closer to Allah (SWT). Allah the almighty says in the holy Qur'an: “And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to Sâbirin (the patient ones, etc.). (Sura Baqarah:155). Secondly flood is test for the people who are not flood victims. By this test Allah (SWT) will certainly know them who stand beside affected people with relief materials and various helps and those who do not do so. If they stand beside flood victims they will pass the test successfully. If they do not help the victims they will be punished. Abdullah bin 'Amr (Ra.) narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: "The merciful are shown mercy by Rahman. Be merciful on the earth, and you will be shown mercy from Who is above the heavens. The womb is named after Rahman, so whoever connects it, Allah connects him, and whoever severs it, Allah severs him." (Jame Tirmiji).
The following Hadith is enough to prove the importance of standing beside flood victims in Bangladesh. The Haidith cleared that despite proper ability whoever doesn’t provide food, safe water and clothings will be asked on the day of Resurrection. Abu Huraira (Ra.) narrated that Allah's messenger (Pbuh) said: “Verily, Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, would say on the Day of Resurrection: O son of Adam, I was sick but you did not visit Me. He would say: O my Lord; how could I visit Thee whereas Thou art the Lord of the worlds? Thereupon He would say: Didn't you know that such and such servant of Mine was sick but you did not visit him and were you not aware of this that if you had visited him, you would have found Me by him? O son of Adam, I asked food from you but you did not feed Me. He would say: My Lord, how could I feed Thee whereas Thou art the Lord of the worlds? He said: Didn't you know that such and such servant of Mine asked food from you but you did not feed him, and were you not aware that if you had fed him you would have found him by My side? (The Lord would again say: ) O son of Adam, I asked drink from you but you did not provide Me. He would say: My Lord, how could I provide Thee whereas Thou art the Lord of the worlds? Thereupon He would say: Such and such of servant of Mine asked you for a drink but you did not provide him, and had you provided him drink you would have found him near Me.” (Sahih Muslim). As human beings, and more so as Muslims, we should not let this suffering continue without providing help and support according to our individual capabilities.
The writer is Khatib of Baitush Shafiq Mosque and Principal of Baitul Hikmah Academy, Gazipur