Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Deformed, Retarded, Famine-stricken children

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Peace be upon you,

A difficult question for those who believe in God to answer is, "If God is just and merciful, why does He afflict innocent children?" This question has been asked in many forms by atheists and those who believe alike. For example, the common “Problem of evil” is a broader version of this question.

The Quran tells us that Satan is solely responsible for evil and such calamities; they reflect Satan's incompetence as a designated temporary ruler of this world. Satan is trying very hard to make his kingdom, this world, perfect, but he just can't do it.

God gave us free will (Quran 33:72), and with that free will comes the ability to choose either evil or good. It is not free will if God forces us all to do only good or forces us to love or worship him.

God does not inflict an atom's weight of injustice (Quran 4:40).

Divine Justice

[Quran 4:40] GOD does not inflict an atom's weight of injustice. On the contrary, He multiplies the reward manifold for the righteous work, and grants from Him a great recompense.

Article: Deformed, Retarded, Famine-stricken children 


Monday, July 18, 2011

The Elite of the Elite

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Peace be upon you,

We grew up in the midst of corrupted Islam with tons upon tons of satanic teachings. Then God bestowed His grace upon us and saved us from a horrible fate—eternal Hell. How fortunate can one get?

[Quran 56:10-14] Then there is the elite of the elite. They are those who will be closest (to God). In the gardens of bliss. Many from the first generations.* Few from the later generations.
*56:13-40 People who believe and nourish their souls through worshiping God alone are destined for the High Heaven. The contemporary followers of each messenger invariably suffer persecution from the traditionalists and adherents of the corrupted religion. Thus, they have a special place reserved for them in the High Heaven. All people who die before the age of 40 go to the Lower Heaven, at least (46:15).

Satan's job is to keep trying to divert us from the truth and the purified message.

May God protect us and ...
[Quran 1:6-7] Guide us in the right path; the path of those whom You blessed; not of those who have deserved wrath, nor of the strayers.

Article: Elite of the Elite (56:10) A Most Fortunate Generation


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Righteous go straight to Heaven


In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Peace be upon you,

The conventional understanding is souls of believers and disbelievers must await the Day of Judgment to enter Paradise or Gehenna. In other words, the Day of Judgment is when people realize their final destiny.

The Quran gives us great news—the righteous do not really die. When their lives on this earth come to the predetermined end, their souls are invited to go straight to Heaven. All praise be to God.

There are signs to this effect throughout Quran (2:25, 2:154, 3:169, 8:24, 22:58, 36:26-27, 44:56, etc.).

The Righteous Go Straight to Paradise*

[Quran 36:26-27] (At the time of his death) he was told, "Enter Paradise." He said, "Oh, I wish my people knew. That my Lord has forgiven me, and made me honorable."
*36:26 The righteous do not really die; they simply move on to the same Paradise where Adam & Eve lived. They join the prophets, saints, and martyrs in an active and utopian life (see App. 17).

[Quran 3:169] Do not think that those who are killed in the cause of God are dead; they are alive at their Lord, being provided for.

Sourced from: http://www.masjidtucson.org/publications/books/SP/1990/feb/page1.html

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Myth of Intercession

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Peace be upon you,

Consider this scenario: the President found a staff member, Azzy, accepted a $10 million bribe and was corrupt. He decides to fire him, but another employee, Abe, attempts to intercede saying, "he's a nice guy, let him keep working for you".

What words would you use to describe this intercession? Is it fair or just? What kind of example does it set for others? What would the President think of Abe for supporting a corrupt official? It does not make sense. And if the “President” in question, is the President of the Universe, God, there’s no circumstance in which Abe would know more than God. God’s decision would be made on complete information, and as the only one qualified to judge among His servants (Quran 39:46).

Yet, some believe intercession will allow Jesus or Muhammad to change God's mind. Would not God already know if someone deserves Heaven?

Why would Jesus, Abraham or Muhammad even wish to intercede for someone who God says is a bad person? We learn from Quran that all intercession belongs to God" (Quran 39:44). Even Abraham, God's beloved servant, could not intercede on behalf of his father (Quran 9:114). Nor could Muhammad intercede on behalf of his relatives (Quran 9:80). Why would they even try to intercede on behalf of strangers?

[Quran 39:44] Say, "All intercession belongs to GOD." To Him belongs all sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, then to Him you will be returned.



The Myth of Intercession

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mountains as Stabilizers


In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Peace be upon you,

imageThe mountains God created submit to His will (Quran 33:72, 34:10). Humans are struck by their awe-inspiring beauty and humbled by their majesty. Mountains also serve a very important role in the earth's design—providing balance and stability.

Mountains are the source of rivers that provide much of the world’s fresh water. They influence weather patterns and rainfall. They are a refuge for humans and home to many plants and animals. Some of these species do not live elsewhere, while others (like potatoes and corn) originated in mountains but have been adapted by man to be cultivated on a global scale. Praise be to God for His design.

[Quran 78:6-7] Did we not make the earth habitable? And the mountains stabilizers?

[Quran 15:19-20] As for the earth, we constructed it, and placed on it stabilizers (mountains), and we grew on it a perfect balance of everything. We made it habitable for you,* and for creatures you do not provide for.
*15:20 When we send astronauts into space, we provide them with precisely measured quantities of food, water, and oxygen. God created the spaceship Earth with billions of astronauts who work and reproduce; He supplied them with a self-supporting system that generates oxygen, fresh water, and a great variety of delicious foods and drinks.