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Friday, May 18, 2012

An Islamic Perspective on Why Doesn't God Remove the Evil and tragedy from the World?

This is a question which might struck many persons around the world. "Why Doesn't God Remove the Evil and tragedy from the World?"

At young age when I was seriously thinking about the world, good and bads around me, this question came into my mind as well. As usual I tried to seach for the answer from the books. The final and satisfactory answer was from my own religion and as one of my factoidz fellow "Tony" Brown has tried to explain it in his own manner (Why Doesn't God Remove all Evil from the World), I want to provide Islamic Perspective for the topic.

 During search for this question at internet, I found very specific and interesting answers which I am quoting here. First few theories which are quite reasonable to accept and there is an islamic perspective for the topic at the end of the post.
Few theories:

Being capable of something and actually acting up on it are two different things. If God is permitting evil, there is a reason for it. There is nothing to indicate that he will allow evil to continue indefinitely.
One theory is that He allows it to exist to give us a choice and that He wants us to come to him by choice rather than to force us to love Him. Another is that good and evil must coexist otherwise there would be no difference.
God loves us enough to give us the capability to make choices on our own. man became sinners by nature after adam and eve ate the forbidden fruit. do any of us think that we are being loved when someone tries to control our every thought or action. there is no freedom in that in my opinion. sure, God could prevent evil in the world but then we all be robots so to speak. we choose whether we will do good or evil. as a believer i'm no longer a slave to sin. sin has no power over me anymore but that doesn't mean i don't sin in weak moments cause i do.

It is important to understand what evil really is. God has given humanity a free will to choose to obey or not to obey. Once a person chooses to disobey God, they are free to make further choices about their actions. If God would prevent their choices there would no longer be free will, and we would all be puppets of God. Evil is the result of disobedience. There are only two ways for God to remove evil from this world. One way would be to remove the freedom of choice from each human being. The other way would be to have a testing period where people become so strong in their faith that they can resist evil.

We need to view our earthly life as that of a toddler learning how to walk. A toddler may fall and hurt themselves, but eventually they will learn how to walk. When that child grows up and becomes an adult, they remember little about those bumps and scrapes and tears -- they are just happy that they can walk properly. Sufferings, persecutions, and troubles help to build our faith so we can learn how to spiritually walk. What God has in mind for us after this brief earthly life, I don’t know. But I do know that it will be for an eternity. Certainly a few decades of bumps and scrapes are worth it if it prepares us for an eternity of working for God!
The best answer at 'Yahoo. answers' was:
"Why did God create the devil"? God didn't create him as the Devil. This person who became a Devil was at one time a beautiful righteous angel who went bad on his own [Ezekiel 28:13-15]. The angel became Satan [which means Resister] and Devil [meaning Slanderer or Accuser] when he rebelled against his Creator and slandered him.

The answer to other questions: Why doesn't God just come down and stop famines, war and diseases and destroy the Devil? Well think about it this way: If a teacher is teaching the classroom and you have that one rebellious student who thinks that he can teach the class better than the teacher, the teacher could easily throw him out the class. But he allows the student to state his case in front of the students. What would happen if the teacher got mad and threw the student out? The other students might wonder if the student actually had a point. In the end the teacher proves otherwise. The Devil challenged Jehovah's ruler-ship in the Garden of Eden, insinuating that he was a better ruler for Eve and in effect the human race. [See Genesis 3]. So to allow the Devil to state his case, God has allowed him thousands of years to prove whether the Devil's way of ruler-ship is better, even if human have to suffer for a while. The number one issue is God's name and ruler-ship and angels and humans are involved in it just like the classroom full of students. If God actually intervened and stopped all the bad things from happening, that would be a conflict of interest so to speak. He would actually be helping Satan to prove his case. The Bible teaches us that Satan is the world's ruler and we see the terrible results of his ruler-ship. Prophetically Satan will eventually die [ See Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 20:10]. And the time will come when Jehovah will remove all bad things and mankind will no longer suffer [Revelation 20: 1-4]

This answer is very precise and basic concept is similar to teachings of islam. Now let's see what islam says about the topic.

Islamic perspective:

The Quran tells us that good, evil and whatever happens in this world happens by Allah's Will (mashiat Allah). Only Allah knows fully His Will. We finite beings cannot grasp fully His infinite Will and Wisdom. He runs His universe the way He deems fit. The Quran tells us that Allah is Wise and everything that Allah does is right, just, good and fair. Allah did not make this world a permanent world. This is a temporary world and everything here has a time limit. When its times comes it will die, come to an end and finish. Neither the good things of this world are forever, nor the bad things eternal. We are here for a short time and we are being tested. Those who will pass this test will find an eternal world that is perfect and permanent. Those who will fail this test shall see the evil consequences of their sins and corruption.

Suffering can also be a test and trial for some people. Allah allows some people to suffer in order to test their patience and steadfastness. Even Allah's Prophets and Messengers were made to suffer.

Allah sometimes allows some people to suffer to test others, how they react to them. When you see a person who is sick, poor and needy, then you are tested by Allah. Allah is there with that suffering person to test your charity and your faith.
Suffering or tragedy occurs 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.
What is your view or thinking about it?------------

Useful links:
 * Evil and Suffering - Islamic Perspective
 * Why doesn't God stop evil and tragedy?
 * Can God Stop Disasters?

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