On 11th September 2015, there was a huge sandstorm followed by thunder, lightning, and rain. In the midst of it all, a massive construction crane crashed into Makkah’s Grand Masjid and fell into the Mataf. This has so far resulted in a loss of over 107 precious lives and has left many injured.
Inna lillahi wa inna alayhi raji’oon.
May Allah (swt) grant forgiveness to the ones who have passed away and bless them with Firdaus and may He grant ease and Shifa to the injured, and may He grant solace and Sabr Jameel to their loved ones. Ameen Ya Rabb Al-Alameen.
It is time to pause and reflect. All this took place in the Haram, by the will of Allah (swt).
Either this came upon us (the Ummah) as a punishment, as Allah (swt) says in Surah Shoorah, 42:30:
“And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.”
Or as a test:
It was narrated from Anas ibn Malik that the Prophet (sa) said: “Great reward comes with great trials. When Allah loves people, He tests them, and whoever accepts it attains His pleasure, whereas whoever shows discontent with it incurs His wrath.” (Tirmidhi)
Remember that when a calamity befalls a believer, he turns to Allah, seeks help through patience and prayer, and seeks forgiveness. Our response to the calamity tells us if it was a punishment or a test to raise one in status.
We are hopeful that those who have returned to their Rabb as a result of this incident are martyrs.
Abu Hurairah (rta) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sa) said: “Martyrs are of five kinds: One who dies of plague; one who dies of disease of his belly; the drowned; one who dies under the debris (of construction etc.), and one who dies while in the way of Allah.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
As for those who are injured as well as for the loved ones of the deceased and injured, we are hopeful that this event will be a source of forgiveness and purification for them.
Narrated Abu Saeed Al-Khudri and Abu Hurairah that the Prophet said: “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.” (Bukhari)
Following are the responses of some scholars and teachers on this incident