Saturday, May 07, 2016

List of IEEE letters

Long time.
But I'm around..
I couldn't find a single list of all IEEE letters (not journals), so thought to make one here:

  1. IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
  2. IEEE Communications Letters
  3. IEEE Electron Device Letters
  4. IEEE Embedded Systems Letters
  5. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
  6. IEEE Magnetics Letters
  7. IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters
  8. IEEE Photonics Technology Letters
  9. IEEE Signal Processing Letters
  10. IEEE Wireless Communications Letters

Letters are useful to publish an original idea that can be encapsulated in four pages. The review time is order of magnitude shorter than a full journal, therefore its worth trying before sending out the full journal. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

~ In pursuit of LasEk vs. Lasik

& hi after a rather long hiatus..
Just have had my M-Lasek done bilaterally by Dr. V. James, in SHH, about a week ago.
And ever since I've been mulling over merging my experiences in form of a blog post of sorts, to share with friends & family around the world.

Can't remember my life (style) without glasses -- as far as i can look back. Had them as constant companion since i were a second grader.
And my vision just went downhill deteriorating from there. Thats all I can remember.
Not to mention how & what I felt growing up as a sporty child, not being able to play soccer or cricket without breaking my spectacles ever so often.
No amount of fish, fish oil, carrots, carrot juice yadayada could improve or even halt the hyper-myopia.
Well, sometimes, you can't beat your genes.
Some seven seconds single session of laser in each eye, & 7th day post op later, my vision? is 20/20 !
With a minus 8.5 Diopters in my left lazy eye, & a minus 7.25 in my right to begin with at pre-op.. this new visual acuity I've got now, is nothing short of a born_again_miracle.
So long specs..
I went for LasEk instead of a Lasik, since a) my doctor prescribed that for me, b) i really didn't want any cutting or thick flaps in there, c) LasEk is cost-effective, d) & even though the downtime is a day or two longer than Lasik (with discomfort sensations, since unlike lasik there is no desensitization / denervation), the prospects of corneal flap not placed right worried me.. & i simply didn't want to take any risk in eye-matters.

just_remove_glasses [before after. um.. well not really, but you got what im tryna say :]
The doc laid out the whole thing infront of me in simple words, & I opted for the former.
LasEk is basically the same as PRK, but 'acidically' different in that it doesn't involve corneal epithelial (covering) loss, unlike the PRK where the surgeon removes it.
Rest of the procedure is just the same. Both being surface procedures. A new addition to them is epi-Lasik.. growing in popularity for having no flap & zero post-op discomfort (but again slower visual recovery than Lasek / PRK in first few days, according to the studies).

Dr. placed Mitomyocin drops in my eyes prior to that terse laser procedure, since studies have shown the use of MMC as potential safety against haze caused by UV sunlight exposure in the long run.
Hence, the name M-Lasek.

The Dr. is quite experienced, with around ten thousand surgeries the world over, & some thousand surgeries in KSA alone, to his credit.. with a 99.7% success rate record.
He has prescribed wearing sunglasses, & Vit C intake twice daily for 3 months, which regardless is a healthy routine, anyway.

Any strain while working, you ask?
Nill. None. Nada!

"First night would be a rough night", the Dr. warned. And right he was.
My spouse gave me a grading scale, asking me every time I felt discomfort, "Pain? Grade it from 0-10."
My reply every time, all through the night, was: " not pain, just discomfort. I'd rather grade it 1."
Except for once in the middle of the night, where i woke up from my sleep, with an annoying dry pricking pain in my upper eye lid & a throbbing type in my upper eye ball, & announced in an anguish: 
"hey, its 5 now! or maybe 6.. "
Needless to say, it vanished as soon as my consort comforted me with steroid drops which my Doc prescribed earlier.
It got better from there onwards.
The doc didn't prescribe any oral or topical (drops) pain killers, though. He did, however, place power-free contacts just as an extra protection for my corneal epithelium, which fell off by the time we reached back home in a limo :/ That, i suppose, contributed (if not precipitated) more to the short lived anguish i felt the first post-op night. (The next day i got them on, once more from him, only to be removed on 5th day post-op.)

On the 2nd & 3rd day post-op, there was some vision fluctuation, & ofcourse strain.
I increased my notebook's font to tackle that issue.
Not anymore, though.
As of today, 7th day post-op, no strain, no discomfort no watering.. FalhamduliLLah.

If I say: cent percent! , that won't be a lie.. at all.
a 100 percent, indeed.

Some 4,800/- Saudi Riyals. Cost covered, though partially, through HR-medical wing at my office. 

How many working days lost?? 
Yup, you heard that right.
I underwent this 5 minutes (PKR) LasEk-MMC procedure last Wednesday. And Wed is start of weekend here in KSA. Next two days were off.
Come saturday (3rd day postop), I could even drive.

Fun fact:
LASEK is an acronym of:
Laser (which itself is an acronym of: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratectomy.


Friday, January 07, 2011

~ A Gift

"my dear deer,
paste query:

polar plot 2 - 2 sin t + sin t sqrt (abs(cos t))/(sin t + 1.4)

in wolframalpha search engine.

& thats all.
its my gift for you.

salam "


Thursday, January 06, 2011

~ Tube Scoop

asalam alaikum,

Its easy to play your way thru making your life easy, with some simple straight-forward no-nonsense trix.
Here I lay them out for you.

you might as well know many of 'em handy, but it never gets old.

1. Adding a Time stamp:

Want to share a specific part with someone?
Cut the chase and link to the interesting part by adding syntax #t=?m?s at the end of the url (where ? stands for the specific minute & second you want the clip to start off from.)
To wit;
a vid with a url
& at 34 seconds it has the thing you wanna share, then you'll tweak it like so;

2. Skipping to a specific minute:

Bored out yawning?
Just press any number on your keyboard & the vid slide bar will move a lil before that specific minute. To wit:
pressing 2 on my keyboard while watching the vid, lands me to 1 minute & 50ish secs or so.

2. Watch videos full screen:

Simply change delete the “watch?v=” part and replace it with “v/” instead.
To wit:

see what i did there?

Although there is another way - the popup way; but i've got no clue why people would ever like to go for that one, specially since it destroys the resolution by literally popping em pixels i mean.
Just add "_popup" in the url like so;

[Notice the resolution destruction to 280p.]

3. View High Res Videos:

Though you can switch to high quality videos for some of the videos anytime you want, by selecting the resolution options at the bottom right of the vid -- nonetheless, you can tweak the url for that purpose by appending “&fmt=18“(stereo, 480 x 270 resolution) or “&fmt=22″(stereo, 1280 x 720 resolution) for even higher quality.

2. Embed Higher Res Videos:

While the above trick works for playback, if however you want to embed hig quality vids to your blog for instance, you need to append “&ap=%2526fmt%3D18″ and “&ap=%2526fmt%3D22″ to the embeded url.

5. Embedding only a part of Vid?

Just add '&start=blabla' at the end of the url in embed code. blabla being the number of secs you wanna skip.
To wit; Appending ‘&start=30′ will skip first 30s of the video.

6. Autoplay an embedded video:

Make the video play automatically by adding ‘&autoplay=1′ to the url part of the embed code.

7. Loop an embedded video:

Append ‘&loop=1′ at the end of the url part of code, to make the video start again without user intervention after it reaches the end.

4. Hide the search box:

The search box appears when you hover over an embedded video. To hide the search box just add “&showsearch=0” to the embed url.

8. Disable Related Vids:

While embedding vids, the related vids suggestions that prop up at the end of the vid are sometimes pretty annoying.
Gnawing the annoying is not too hard though.
Simply adds ‘&rel=0′ at the end of the url, & VOILA !
You're done.

pretty neat gig. eh?

Guess its enough for today.
There are some other pretty neat tips & trix aswell.
Hope to find some more time out to jot those down from top of my head - when its in a somewhat better form, bub'logging [bubbling with blog ideas] that is.

Meanwhile, happy tweaking !


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

~ Al-Uqsur

Salam alaikum,

so they like to call it Luxor in english.. though the term itself is from Qasr (palace), err.. a superlative form of 'fortified' Qasr, i suppose.

on a semi crazy side note though, these semantics here remind me of the word 'Thug'; The english word Thug comes from the Indian subcontinent word 'Thuggee'. The thuggee(s) were described as a cult of people engaged in the multiple murder & looting/robbery of travelers.
o well..

- Resuming;

cairo sky-view

cairo to luxor

oh.. qabristaan :)

alexandria sky-view


luxor street-view

getting all set to visit the place around, inshAllah.
stuffed some warm clothes, just in case.

Its a nice rare chance to observe the youm Ashoora fast at the very place where Musa alehi salam (Moses) & his nation were ultimately saved from the ultimate tyrant & his ill-willed ilk.

Aside from the faraaina's (pharoas) fancy palaces making it an open air museum (of ibrat :p i suppose) & what not.. there are some ancient 12th century Masaajid im really interested in.

Masjid Al Hajjaj

I'll inshAllah be posting more about their history, sharing snaps etc..
[i mean i certainly would prefer these to the dog-faced dead-guys rampant over here ^_^ ]

Right frikin' now though, i need to focus on this flamboyant presentation preoccupying me from much of my sharing mood..



 presentation doodads



another shot showing cruise

terrace mise en scène


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

~ Coolish

Salam alaikum,

was just checking egypt weather forecasts on Wolfram Alpha, I came to know that Wolfram alpha can now input TeX too.

This is awesome addition to the search tool.
For someone who is familiar with TeX syntax, it is pretty easy to manipulate with functions, play around with plots & datasets.

Even MS Words equation editor supports LaTeX commands..
:) makes your life worth living with equations like so;

coolish.. init?


~ Fun with Fone

Al salam alaikum,

just givin' this blog a blurb style instead.. since i might not find enough time to be a raconteur all the time :)

i've been tweaking mod'ing around with my doodad lately.
sharing here the lock & home-screens, just sirey-raahey(btw).

[click to zoom in]


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

~ Hajj; the journey of Hearts

Salam alaik,

'Hajj' literally means to set out..
And there is a major difference between setting out & hanging out (for the heck of it).
For setting out is with a sincere solid intention -- infact ambition -- to go out & about to achieve something.
[ keep repeating these semantics to myself; helps me to purify my intention from time to time.]

1800's oldest snaps ever of Kabah tuLLAh

As we age, our life journey exerts an effect on us of types, we grow get seasoned so on & so forth.
Likely so, the journeys we embark on for places of kinds, render our thoughts & the way we look at our lives & ourselves mature enough to get the best out of our days ahead of us..


Hajj journey is one such life-changing event.
I don't even consider it a journey.. its more than that.. its odyssey.. an ongoing never ending one.
Uniformity, simplicity, serenity.. all packed at one place at one time.. its amazing.

[& uniform reminds me of this vid & the dude in it on wearing ihram.]

No particular plans to write an all elaborated evocative article on Hajj today.
Just sharing the feel here & some Hajj tips i've learnt to keep handy;

  • Shukar (thankfulness) - Always do shukar, try remembering & recalling all the blessings of Allah.

  • Sabr (patience) - Increase ur sabr scope & span [as in; What are the things you do sabr on? What are the ones on which you lose it? List them, and then start moving things into sabr list]

  • Dua (prayer) - "O Allah, make the last part of my life the best part in front of u, and the last deed the best deed in front of u."

  • Time/Places for Dua:

    1. After drinking Zamzam water.
    2. Looking at Kabah-tu-LLah
    3. During Tawaf (circumambulation), b/w Rukn-al-Yamani & Hijr-ul-Aswad
    4. While standing on Safa & Marwa hills.
    5. Youm al Arafah.
    6. In Muzdalifah.
    7. After stoning Jamarah.

  • I find this link particularly useful;

    Take the Quiz in the Extras top tab, & lets see how well you fare in your general knowledge of Hajj, & doing so get the yummy cookie of unlocking the 'Hidden Extras'..

    Quran recitation from 1885;


    Sunday, September 26, 2010

    ~ To a Research Rookie

    Salam alaikum,

    so i got this pm from someone somewhere the other day, that went like so;

    On 09/14/10 8:14 PM, He wrote:

    I am a undergrad. fresh mechanical engineer from NUST-PNEC and I've keen interest in R&D but the problem is I don't want to go abroad or join defence organizations due to some personal reasons... I had the following questions in my mind:

    1. How can I actively participate in R&D?
    2. What is the advantage of writing a research paper?

    Thnx in Advance..


    On the fly, i wrote back;

    wa alaikum salam warahmatuLLAh brother,

    am traveling, hence the delayed response.
    its best to start with a salam -- if it ain't a generic statement you've sent to many besides me.
    your questions are intriguing & need a detailed response, which i will inshallah, once feasible.
    meanwhile, i'll be interested to know those personal reasons that hinder you from joining defense orgz back home.

    - bother the brevity, courtesy of my doodad..err..iphone.

    I received yet another swift one this time;

    5:33 AM, He wrote:


    Jazakallah for correcting me... Well, I contacted professionals already in this field and i found that u were one of them... :)

    I can wait for ur response.. but pls reply as soon as possible.

    About defense, I ve seen some results like Dr. AQ Khan, therefore i feel uncomfortable.


    So yeah, once in shape i had to reply, which went like so;

    Wa alaikum salam warahmatuLLAh,

    wa iyyak, & here is the detailed reply i promised earlier on;

    There are several ways of participating in R&D.
    But prior to pointing em all, you first need to evaluate yourself, your skill-set and aptitude / interests to figure out if you are:

    a) a theoretical guy
    b) a practical guy
    c) or both.

    If you love to read n understand equations working behind a system, without giving a bunny's bum to the reality of the system / you are clueless about the where abouts of stuff in a car engine / never messed up with your computer hardware and OS for the fear of it -- then you should go into theoretical research.

    If equations give you creeps and you love to destroy and fix things -- then you should be doing experimental research.

    If you are jack of all -- then you are one great resource for this country.

    Next you need to evaluate:
    what are you interested in?
    Solar energy / wind turbines / engineering design / structures / control systems, ... the list goes on & ever.
    The best way is to shortlist the areas.

    Finally, you need to see if you've acquired enough to carryout research in your area of interest. You need to either join a group already working in the area (in a university or a company), or find people / professionals / classmates interested in the same topic.

    Now, in order to share your idea with other people for them to understand your thoughts, you need to write it down.

    For that, first you need to jot down quite briefly what do you want to achieve?
    what approach you will take?
    and what do you expect?
    this should be the first para and will be the abstract of the document.

    Next, you need to write the introduction section, which will provide the motivation behind the idea ;
    - why is this idea important? whats the need?
    if anyone else has already worked on the idea, then;
    - what did they do? and what are the shortcomings of their work if any?
    & then your own approach in simplest words;
    - whats soo new about it? and what are its advantages?

    You'll then provide your method of tackling the problem, and give a prediction about its performance.

    The most important thing is clarity of the document, i.e., when given to different people, each gets the same picture of your approach. Now thats not easy! (but not impossible either)

    Why to go through so much pain?
    So that, others can understand your idea, your approach and help you improve your idea. Someone can tell you its already thought about, giving you critical feedback; your approach lacks this and that. Someone could just suggest other possible approaches etc.
    This will give you an idea if your idea is worth it or not.

    Once the groundwork for your research has been laid down, you can carry it out, be it derivations, or making a system, or both.

    Last but not the least, you need to tell the world what you did. This will require you to write a research paper, which will target a wider audience, and will provide more diverse feedback and thus your research will continue to improve on...inshAllah.

    n good luck!
    by the by, some suggested reads;
    ~ tips for technical paper
    ~ how to have a bad carrier in research


    Wednesday, August 18, 2010

    ~ Reality of Calamity

    Salam alaik,

    no place to take a nap.. :/

    Just encountered this on my surf-slide;
    Viewpoint Column..

    Calamity clears out the reality of a man, just like rage reflects the inner self.

    The irony seeps in, when after every any calamity a group of people - who (rest assured) ain't even remotely affected by that calamity themselves, leading an absolutely 'eat drink n be merry' lifestyle - start crowing out together, categorizing any said calamity as a test only & mocking at the other set of people doing istighfaar. Sometimes even ending up (out of sheer ignorance or arrogance - whichever that is) jesting & jeering the obligation & Beloved's Sunnah of repentance itself.

    No body gives (or should give) a dead dime or a bunny's bum on what such intellectually-dishonest among us have got to say out of their skewed sense of Ahkaam of Islam, but when it comes down to open mockery of Quran & Sunnah...then may Allah guide them or wipe them  (out)

    Without delving into much of that hoopla; a trash tarnishing our national demeanour, i'd jot down few bullet-points here to clear out once n for all;
    • Allaah says (interpretation of the meanings):
    “Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allaah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself”
    [al-Nisaa’ 4:79]
    • Allaah says (interpretation of the meanings):
    “And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much”
    [al-Shoora 42:30]
    • Allah says, translation of which is;
    “And We sent not the signs except to warn”
    [al-Israa’ 17:59]
    • And Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
    “Did the people of the towns then feel secure against the coming of Our punishment by night while they were asleep? Or, did the people of the towns then feel secure against the coming of Our punishment in the forenoon while they were playing? Did they then feel secure against the Plan of Allaah? None feels secure from the Plan of Allaah except the people who are the losers.” 
    [al-A’raaf 7:97-99]
    • Allaah says (interpretation of meaning):
    “Verily, We sent (Messengers) to many nations before you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم). And We seized them with extreme poverty (or loss in wealth) and loss in health (with calamities) so that they might humble themselves (believe with humility).
    When Our Torment reached them, why then did they not humble themselves (believe with humility)? But their hearts became hardened, and Shaytaan (Satan) made fair‑seeming to them that which they used to do.
    So, when they forgot (the warning) with which they had been reminded, We opened for them the gates of every (pleasant) thing, until in the midst of their enjoyment in that which they were given, all of a sudden, We took them (in punishment), and lo! They were plunged into destruction with deep regrets and sorrows”
    [al-An’aam 6:42-44]
    • Allah says, translation of which is;
    “Say: ‘He has power to send torment on you from above or from under your feet, or to cover you with confusion in party strife, and make you to taste the violence of one another.’”
    [al-An’aam 6:65]
    • Allah says, translation of which is;
    “Evil (sins and disobedience to Allaah) has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned (by oppression and evil deeds), that He (Allaah) may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return (by repenting to Allaah, and begging His Pardon)”
    [al-Room 30:41]
    • Allah says, translation of which is;
    “We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Qur’aan) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things?”
    [Fussilat 41:53]
    • And Allaah said concerning the nations of the past, translation of which is:
    “So We punished each (of them) for his sins, of them were some on whom We sent Haasib (a violent wind with shower of stones) [as on the people of Loot (Lot)], and of them were some who were overtaken by As-Saihah [torment — awful cry, (as Thamood or Shu‘ayb’s people)], and of them were some whom We caused the earth to swallow [as Qaaroon (Korah)], and of them were some whom We drowned [as the people of Nooh (Noah), or Fir‘aun (Pharaoh) and his people]. It was not Allaah Who wronged them, but they wronged themselves.”
    [al-‘Ankaboot 29:40]
    • Al-Bukhaari narrated in his Saheeh from Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that when the aayah (interpretation of the meaning) “Say: ‘He has power to send torment on you from above” was revealed, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “A’oodhu bi wajhika (I seek refuge in Your Face”; “or from under your feet”, he said, “A’oodhu bi wajhika (I seek refuge in Your Face).” (Saheeh al-Bukhaari, 5/193).
    (Abu’l-Shaykh al-Isbahaani narrated from Mujaahid concerning the Tafseer of this aayah, “Say: ‘He has power to send torment on you from above”: (this means) al-Sayhah (the shout or tumult), stones and strong wind; “or from under your feet”, (means) earthquakes and being swallowed up by the earth.)
    • The great scholar Zakariya al-Ansaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
    It is mustahabb for everyone to beseech Allaah in supplication and so on when earthquakes and similar events, such as thunderbolts and strong winds, happen, and to offer prayers on his own in his house lest he be negligent, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said, when the wind blew strongly: “O Allaah, I ask You for its good and the good of what is in it and the good of what it is sent with, and I seek refuge in You from its evil and the evil of what is in it and the evil of what it is sent with.” Narrated by Muslim.
    End quote.
    [Asna al-Mataalib Sharh Rawd al-Taalib (1/288). See also Tuhfat al-Muhtaaj (3/65).]

    Al-‘Allaamah Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “Allaah sometimes gives the earth permission to breathe, which is when major earthquakes happen; this makes people feel scared, so they repent, give up sins, pray to Allaah and feel regret [for their sins]. When there had been an earthquake, some of the Salaf said: your Lord is warning you. When Madeenah was struck by an earthquake, ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with you) addressed the people and said: if there is another earthquake, I will not stay here with you.”
    [mentioned by Ibn al-Jawzi in al-Muntazam, among the events of the year 20 AH.]

    And there are many similar reportes from the Salaf.

    Undoubtedly, the earthquakes & such calmaties that are happening these days are among the signs which Allaah uses to frighten His slaves. All the earthquakes and other things which happen and cause harm and injury to people are because of shirk and sins, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meanings):

    “And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much” [al-Shoora 42:30]
    “Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allaah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself” [al-Nisaa’ 4:79]


    Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

    "What must be done at the time of an earthquake or other calamity, or an eclipse, strong wind or flood is to repent to Allaah, may He be glorified, and to beseech Him and ask Him for well-being, and to remember Him a great deal and ask Him for forgiveness, as the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said at the time of an eclipse: “When you see that, then turn to remembrance of Allaah and call upon Him and ask for His forgiveness.” Agreed upon. It is also mustahabb to show compassion to the poor and needy, and to give charity to them, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “Show mercy, you will be shown mercy.” (Narrated by Ahmad) And he said: “Those who show mercy will be shown mercy by the Most Merciful. Show mercy to those who are on earth and the One Who is in heaven will show mercy to you.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi. And he (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “The one who does not show mercy will not be shown mercy.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari. It was related from ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez (may Allaah have mercy on him) that he used to write to his emirs when earthquakes took place telling them to give charity.

    One of the means of being safe and sound from all evils is for those in authority to hasten to restrain and impose an immediate crack-down on the foolish elements in society, & compel them to behave & adhere to the truth, and to implement the laws of Allaah among them, enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil [Amr bil Ma'roof wa nahi anil Munakr], as Allaah says interpretation of the meaning is:

    “The believers, men and women, are Awliyaa’ (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another; they enjoin (on the people) Al‑Ma‘roof (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do), and forbid (people) from Al‑Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islam has forbidden); they perform As-Salaah (Iqaamat-as-Salaah), and give the Zakaah, and obey Allaah and His Messenger. Allaah will have His Mercy on them. Surely, Allaah is All-Mighty, All-Wise”
    [al-Tawbah 9:71]

    “Verily, Allaah will help those who help His (Cause). Truly, Allaah is All‑Strong, All‑Mighty.
    Those (Muslim rulers) who, if We give them power in the land, (they) enjoin Iqamat‑as‑Salaah [i.e. to perform the five compulsory congregational Salaah (prayers) (the males in mosques)], to pay the Zakaah and they enjoin Al‑Ma‘roof (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do), and forbid Al‑Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism and all that Islam has forbidden) [i.e. they make the Qur’aan as the law of their country in all the spheres of life]. And with Allaah rests the end of (all) matters (of creatures)”
    [al-Hajj 22:40-41]

    “And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).
    And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allaah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allaah has set a measure for all things”
    [al-Talaaq 65:2-3]

    And there are many verses with similar meanings."

    End quote.
    [Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn Baaz (9/150-152).]

    Earthquakes (or floods) are one of the great signs of Allaah in this universe, with which He tests His slaves as a reminder or to instil fear of Him or as a punishment. Man must remember, when the signs occur, his weakness, incapability, humble status before Allaah and his need of Him, so he turns to Allaah, may He be exalted and glorified, in supplication, beseeching and humility, in the hope that Allaah will lift this great distress from the people.


    What Muslims and others who are accountable and of sound mind must do is to; repent to Allaah, adhere firmly to His Religion and avoid all that He has forbidden of Shirk and sin, so that they may be safe and attain salvation from all evils in this world and the next, and so that Allaah will ward off from them all harm, and bless them with all good. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “And if the people of the towns had believed and had the Taqwaa (piety), certainly, We should have opened for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So We took them (with punishment) for what they used to earn (polytheism and crimes).” [al-A’raaf 7:96]

    And Allaah says concerning the People of the Book (interpretation of the meaning):

    “And if only they had acted according to the Tawraah (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel), and what has (now) been sent down to them from their Lord (the Qur’ân), they would surely, have gotten provision from above them and from underneath their feet” [al-Maa’idah 5:66].

    In light of overwhelming evidence form Quran & Sunnah, Scholars respond that when there is an earthquake or some other sign such as an eclipse, strong winds or floods, one should hasten to repent to Allaah and pray to Him for safety, and to remember Him much and seek His forgiveness, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said when there was an eclipse:
    “If you see anything like that, hasten to remember Him, call on Him and seek His forgiveness.”
    (Part of an agreed-upon hadeeth narrated by al-Bukhaari (2/30) and Muslim (2/628)).

    It is also mustahabb (recommended, encouraged) to show compassion to the poor and needy, and to give charity to them, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

    “Show mercy, you will be shown mercy.”
    (Narrated by Imaam Ahmad, 2/165)

    “Those who are merciful will be shown mercy by the Most Merciful. Have mercy on those who are on earth, and the One Who is in heaven will show mercy to you.”
    (Narrated by Abu Dawood (13/285), al-Tirmidhi (6/43)).

    “Whoever does not show mercy will not be shown mercy.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5/75), Muslim (4/1809)).

    It was reported that when there was an earthquake, ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez (may Allaah have mercy on him) would write to his governors telling them to give in charity.

    The Prophet ( peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever meets the need of his brother, Allaah will meet his needs.” (Agreed upon; al-Bukhaari, 3/98; Muslim, 4/1996).

    And he ( peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever relieves a believer of some of the distress of this world, Allaah will relieve him of some of the distress of the Day of Resurrection. Whoever makes things easier for one who is suffering hardship, Allaah will make things easier for him in this world and in the Hereafter. Whoever conceals a Muslim’s faults, Allaah will conceal his faults in this world and in the Hereafter. Allaah will help a person so long as he helps his brother.”
    (Narrated by Muslim, 4/2074). And there are many ahaadeeth on this topic.

    One should offer du’aa’ as inspired by Allaah to ask for mercy and help from Allaah, may He be exalted and glorified, so that He might divert this calamity from the people.

    Allaah is the only One Whom we ask to reform the affairs of all the Muslims and to bless them with proper understanding of Islam and help them to adhere steadfastly to it and repent to Allaah from all their sins. We ask Him to reform all those who are in authority over the Muslims’ affairs and to support the Truth and eradicate falsehood through them, and to help them to rule the people according to the laws of sharee’ah, and to protect them and all the Muslims from misguidance and temptation and the tricks of the Shaytaan, for He is Able to do all that.

    May the blessings and peace of Allaah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and companions, and those who follow them in truth until the Day of Resurrection.

    And Allaah knows best.