From June 2022, devastating floods in Pakistan have killed at least 1,985 people, including 380 children. The floods began due to heavy monsoon rains, and the melting of glaciers following the severe heatwave Pakistan faced this year.
Beginning in April the heatwave temperature hit as high as 49.5°C in Pakistan, with the Pakistan Meteorological Department’s Chief Forecaster Zaheer Ahmad Babar stating that “This year we have jumped from winter right into summer.”
Pakistan houses around 7,000 glaciers, and due to the heatwave officials had warned of possible water related natural disasters. In the beginning of May this year, a flash flood, caused by a glacier melting, swept away a highway bridge in the Gilgit-Baltistan region. Officials had warned that there were a possible 33 other lakes which were at risk of the same glacier lake outburst floods. According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Pakistan has received 166.8mm of rain this August, as opposed to the average of 48 mm. This is an increase of around 241 per cent.
Officials have stated this year’s floods are on par with those of 2010, the worst on record, and on August 26th Pakistan declared the flooding’s a national emergency.
The Disaster Emergency Committee has reported that since the beginning of the floods, 12 million people’s homes have been damaged or destroyed, 2.2 million hectares of crops have been destroyed, 10,000 schools have been damage or destroyed and 450,000 livestock have been lost. Moreover, an estimated 33 million people have been displaced due to the floods.
Rescuers are struggling to reach villages, with many either having been swept away or cut off due to the flood water. Hundreds of health facilities, bridges, and roads have been damaged making it all the more challenging for aid to reach the estimated 6 million in desperate need of it. 
On Sunday Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said,
Pakistan’s planning minister has stated that the floods have caused at least $10bn worth of damage, with the floods also inciting a food shortage. 
On the 30th of August, the Government of Pakistan, alongside the United Nations have launched an appeal for $160 million to help the recovery process, and on September 1st, following the launch of the Disasters Emergency Committee Pakistan Floods Appeal, the UK has pledged £15 million in aid, stating that it will match pound for pound for the first £5 million of public donations. 
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said:
Despite the fact that Pakistan only produces 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions it consistently ranks in the top 10 countries most vulnerable to the effects and impacts of climate change.
The UN’s Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has called South Asia a “climate crisis hotspot”, with people 15 times more likely to die from climate impacts. 
In moments of crisis like these many might begin to question why calamities happen and what our response should be to them. It is important to view events through the prism of knowledge and remember that everything Allah decrees in this universe has immense wisdom.
Creed of Catastrophe: What to Believe in Good & Bad Times
Every created thing occurs with the decree of Allāh. Allāh Almighty said: “Indeed, all things We created with qadar (predestination).” The meaning of ‘with the qadar’ of Allāh, is that Allāh willed for something to occur in a specific way, amount, time and place, by a specific actor, through specific means. Allāh decreed all these details, thus He knows them all. Furthermore He wrote them in the Preserved Tablet (al-Lawh al-Mahfūdh). As reported in Sahīh Muslim by ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿAmr b. al-Ās who said: I heard the Prophet (peace be upon him) say: “Allāh wrote the dictates of all creation fifty thousand years before creating the heavens and earth.”
The qadar of Allāh is of two categories…
- The first category is that which occurs as a direct result of the decisions and actions of the human being…
- The second category is that which occurs independently of the human being’s direct actions, including both benefits and harms…
In times like these, we must look at ourselves and our actions. The environment in which we live was perfected in its creation by God, and thus we have a duty and responsibility to look after it, to maintain and preserve it. This was indeed the dominant paradigm in the world for man’s relationship with nature—the Quranic notion of divine stewardship or khilāfah—before the current reigning modernist paradigm was imposed on the world—that of man being in constant competition to dominate and plunder nature. Allah clearly warns against those that abuse and corrupt the people and land upon which they reside.
Allah Almighty said:
Thus we must take responsibility, and better ourselves, and take care of what Allah (ﷻ) has given us. We must also protect those who have been hurt by such corruption, ask ourselves what our duty is, how can we help, how can we better ourselves.
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 Al-Qur’an 54:49
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 Al-Qu’ran 7:56
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