Natural disasters: How do Muslims view them?

Natural disasters are seen as realizations of God’s power, mercy, and wisdom. His power is realized through the sending of natural disasters against those that have violated God’s divine moral law. His mercy is realized two-fold. Those that are affected and lose their lives are given the reward of a martyr. Those that left behind are to viewed as opportunities for mankind to be conduits of God’s mercy through humanitarian aid and rebuilding efforts.