Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Allah's Mercy and Wrath

IslamOnline has published several relevant articles that touch upon the balance and wisdom behind Allah's Mercy and Wrath. I believed is worthwhile to revisit and refresh on those issues.

1. Allah Is Merciful: Why Punishment?

Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi assures that Allah the Exalted is indeed very Merciful, Loving and Compassionate, but He is also Just and Severe in punishment. It is wrong to accept only some aspects of Allah and ignore or negate some other aspects.

2. The Concept of Punishment in Islam

Punishment has always played an integral part in the concept of justice. Islam considers crime an act of injustice towards society, a sin against oneself and a transgression against Allah. Punishment is not atonement nor does it erase the sin. A sin is only forgiven through repentance. However, crime is an act of inflicting harm upon society that cannot be forgiven by repentance alone. The object of all penal systems is to punish the offender and protect society from reoccurrence of the crime. Punishment serves as an educational purpose, as well as a form of crime deterrent and prevention and the system used must achieve this aim.

3. Why Does Allah Allow Suffering and Evil in the World?

Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi shows that sufferings occur to teach us that we must adhere to Allah’s natural and moral laws. It is sometimes to punish those who violate Allah’s natural or moral laws. It is to test our faith in Allah and to test our commitment to human values and charity.

4. Mercy through Hell

In a straightforward manner, Waleed Ahmed Najmeddine discusses the role of punishment in the afterlife as a logical product of Allah's Justice and ultimate Mercy.

5. The Justice of the Day of Judgment

Lamaan Ball explains the balance between Allah's Mercy and Wrath on the Day of Judgment as a means of humankind achieving perfect judicial rest for all actions committed in the world.

6. I Found Peace from the Colonial Madness

Too often, we judge Allah's Mercy by man's mercy not recognizing that Allah's Mercy is more forgiving of the things of the past and often saving us from our mistakes of the past.
Reference: Excerpted with minor modification from Islam Online -- Ask About Islam, 25 August 2003.

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