Is God Unkind?

By Javeria

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Sadness, grief, misery and sorrow are feelings which are a part and parcel of this life. When we look around us we see poverty and suffering, death and catastrophes and even in personal lives there is grief and sadness and setbacks and failures, loss of loved ones and heartache. In short this life is full of problems and is not as perfect as we want it to be.

 These problems, tests and trials of this world may lead someone to think that God is unkind. People usually say what kind of a God lets people die in a tsunami or why God did this to us when we don’t like this and that.

 However this is not the case at all. God is not unkind. This world is like an exam for each one of us. Just like we give exams in schools and colleges – we may find the exam hard and difficult but that does not mean that the examiner is unkind. The exam is just to test our skills and abilities to award us accordingly. We need to pass many exams to become successful in this world and to have a good career and a job. Similarly, this entire life is a test- so we will have to work really hard just like we work hard to pass our school exams or to get any degree and we will have to be patient as Allah says in the Quran:

 “Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere,” (Quran 2:155)

 Even the wealth and possessions given to a person are a trial for him or her. If some one is rich that does not at all mean that Allah is happy with such a person and therefore has bestowed him with wealth.

 Allah Subhana Watala informs us:                                                                                              

 “And know that your possessions and your children are a test…” Quran 8:28

 Also even our friends and family and people around us may be a test for us. Their injustice or hatered or their bad behaviour towards us may be a test for us as well to see if we are steadfast and patient.

Allah subhanawata says:

 “And we have appointed some of you a test for others. Will you be patient?” (Quran 25:20)

 Similarly while giving the exam we are not awarded immediately for our correct answers and we are not punished for our wrong answers there and then. We need to wait for the exam to be over and for the papers to be checked and the result to be announced. In the same fashion, this life is an exam – but we don’t know when the exam will get over. As soon as we die our exam would be over and we will have to wait for the result which will be announced on the day of Judgement.

 Allah says:

“Every soul shall have a taste of death: and We test you by evil and by good by way of trial. To Us must ye return.”(Quran 21:35)

 When we are faced with difficulties, problems, sorrow and grief in this world we should realize that this is only a temporary passing phase where Allah is testing us to see if we still are thankful to Him and if we still obey Him. This does not mean that Allah is unkind. We must remember that He is our examiner. If we do not like the questions in our college exam – does that mean we should give up and leave the paper and start hating the examiner? NO not at all. We should persevere and be patient and continue asking for Allah’s help and mercy and do our best to solve that difficult question. Allah says that those who when faced with difficulties and problems lose heart and quit will be the worst losers in this world as well as the hereafter.

 “There are among men some who serve Allah, as it were, on the verge: if good befalls them, they are, therewith, well content; but if a trial comes to them, they turn on their faces: they lose both this world and the Hereafter: that is loss for all to see!” (Quran 22:11)


6 thoughts on “Is God Unkind?

  1. we may find the exam hard and difficult but that does not mean that the examiner is unkind. The exam is just to test our skills and abilities to award us accordingly.

    Your post while it is a good attempt to tackle an extremely difficult and complicated issue but it also invites more questions in the arguments provided to support the reasoning.
    As I stated that it is an extremely complex issues and the surface scratch reasoning has a very limited usage. The exam is just to test our skills and abilities to award us accordingly. Is good for worldly exams as it deals with the judgment of unknown abilities and skills by a complete stranger such as an unknown examiner on the basis of the exam and then an assessment of the skill set based on what how we did at the end of the exam. This is NOT the case with Allah (SWT) as he (SWT) is very familiar with our skill set and ability. Rather these tests are meant for us to know what our abilities (Eeman) are. So that at the conclusion of these test we can develop / increase / enhance these abilities for the ultimate test. This is a strange test as the correct answers are already known and the examiner wants everyone to succeed. There are unlimited vacancies and few candidates to fill them. The test simply determines where do we stand with that based on the claims we made or our own perceptions. Is our perception accurate or inaccurate? What type of fine tuning do we need or is it a major remodeling. We are constantly tested from the minute we wake up till the minute we sleep (some of the elite among us are even tested during their sleep). The test of resource utilization (health / time / wealth) on a daily basis is what we are faced with constantly.
    A simple internet session alone in the middle of the night is a great trial for million while it is a breeze for some. Those some are the ones which have the ability (Eeman) to pass, for those who fail and know that they failed they must improve and build their ability to shield from these trails. The solution extremely strange and simple “Eat less” , Sleep Less and Talk Less.
    Don’t want to go in a long and lengthy discussion as I am sure you can expand upon this Take care,

  2. u advice seems familiar to one i got years ago.. r u javeria zubeiri?… anyways.. the test is too much… i dunno what to believe in anymore.. rampant inflation… poverty.. starvation..corrupt ppl… delaying politics.. slavery to world superpower.. guantanamo’s quran desecration.. the story of satan n allah.. the question that if satan exists why the hell is he running free for millenias now? n till when does allah plan on letting him run free like that.. n the big question.. does satan not have enuff common sense to beg for his mercy n forgiveness if allah is all-merciful?

  3. Unfortunately, people forget that whatever is the Qadr of Allah, is ultimately good. When good comes to those of weak faith will forget about the blessings that Allah ‘azza wa-jall blessed them with; and when hardship befalls, these same exact people will wail and beat their chests and blame Allah (We seek His refuge) for the hardships that befell.

    ‘Urwah ibn Zubayr (ra) had his right leg amputated in its entirety. His response: Alhumdulillah, at least I still have the other one. AllahuAkbar! And let us also be reminded that he lost three sons, all in one day. And he NEVER complained, rather, he knew that whatever Allah decreed for him was good in the end

    May Allah (swt) grant us Sabr upon the Truth and persistence in following the Millah of our Prophet (saw) and the Companions

  4. @ Sazk
    No im not Javeria zuberi.

    Well this is the creation plan of Allah that satan will be allowed to roam freely and to try and misguide the people. He will continue to do this till the day of judgement.People usually are confused with the concept of Kindness of Allah, His mercy and His wrath.

    Allah is Kind and merciful but he is also “just” and likes to do justice.

    Satan chose to disobey Allah and then he would not even accept his mistake. he never asks for forgiveness of his sin of not doing sajda to Adam alayhsalam. He never does Tawbah.Instead he challenges Allah that he wants to be let free so he can misguide man.

    Where as Adam alayhsalam accepted his sin and immediately did Tawbah. So Allah forgave him.

    However this post is not about the “Mercy” of Allah that whom does Allah forgive and whom does He punish. It is about the bad things and injustice happening in this world and the sad events. Allah has informed us that all these are tests for us.

  5. Glory be Allah.Lord of the Heavens and Earth, and all that exist.
    Surely this verse answer all questions.

    “Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere,” (Quran 2:155)

    May Allah make it easy for us the path of success.

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