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"Why do bad things Happen.."?

Through the ages man has sought to reconcile his understanding of an all-powerful, loving God with the seemingly endless suffering around him. Is God responsible for mans suffering? Is God cruel, capricious and vindictive, or is He too weak to prevent suffering? If God truly is sovereign, how can He let someone He loves suffer? A suffering world needs answers to these questions in order to accept Gods offer of salvation.

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Asked by Kanha Gokulwasi, 25 Feb '08 09:46 am
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To question God about His motives is not within our purview. It is His Universe, it is His creation, this is His playground.. everything is His.
Can I come over to your house and start asking you why you have cooked this? why is your bedcover of this colour? Why do you sing all day, etc? It is your wish naaa? So it is with God.
Answered by joyoti sen, 25 Feb '08 11:52 am

 
  
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In Islam there is the confidence that in the end God will vindicate the righteous. The Quran opens with words, "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful" These words found at head of almost every chapter or sura. Quran affirms that God is omnipotent & Lord of Universe. Gods ultimate responsibility for all that happens is recognized. "Allah has power over all things" (35, 1; 2, 106).
Suffering, therefore, in a sense comes from God. No kind of calamity can occur, except by the leave of Allah. (64, 11).
The question then is why God allows suffering. Islam to consider success or manifest victory as a sign of Gods favor. When at battle of Badr, Muslims, who were largely outnumbered, won an important victory over Meccans, this was taken as a sign of Gods approval.
There has already been for you a sign In the two armies that met (in combat). One was fighting in cause of Allah, other resisting Allah; these saw with their own eyes twice their own number but Allah doth support with ...more
Answered by PANIWALA A, 26 Feb '08 09:35 pm

 
  
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"Why do bad things Happen.."?
Who has the answer for that? Many times Things happen that have not have happened to us because of our present deeds. We get back what we do, and have done in the past.
Let me tell you a tale, after the Mahabharat War, when Lord Krishna was leaving, he addressed Pandavas, Dhritrashtra, and others, and said, if He can help them in any way. Then Dhritrashtra asked a question, He said, "i never did anything wrong, but since my birth, i am blind, and now, out of my 100 sons none is left to take care of me, Why?" Krishna asked him to meditate in Isolation. Dhritrashtra did. During that he saw that once a swan bird with beautiful eyes was gathered by othes swan birds. Dhritrashtra in his earlier life was having fun with his people in the forest. He asked his men to kill the other swan birds, and to take out the beautiful eyes of that swan bird. this was done. After watching so clearly in his meditation, Dhritrashtra, had no question to ask.
But it needs lo ...more
Answered by Aasawari, 25 Feb '08 10:14 am

 
  
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God never told us to do the things we go about doing. He never told us to be greedy, overambitious, a liar, covet something that doesn't belong to us, jealous of others. In most religions it is believed that the consequences of sins of one generation or what one may have committed in one's last life would come to visit the subsequent generation or the next life. So, sometimes one finds that for all the good that we do, we are only struck with bad luck, unhappiness and misery.

When we look around us, the way the civilisations have evolved, we have over the centuries never really cared for God's teaching in whatever form it is in different religions. We interpreted it over the centuries to suit the way it would benefit us in one way or other or two suppress someone else. In a way, most of the sufferings of mankind today are not something that has dropped from the sky yesterday. it was coming in many ways - we waged wars, we destroyed what God gave us in the form of nature that could ...more
Answered by Omega, 25 Feb '08 05:08 pm

 
  
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Thank you for this an excellent question and I hope I can provide an adequate answer.

According to Islam, the physical world is real, not imaginary. Allah created all things, good and evil in due proportions with complete mercy and justice. Angels, unlike human beings, are created from light. They are not subject to the evil of Satans whisperings and, therefore, have no free will either. They merely obey the commands of Allah, unquestioningly and without fail.

Human beings, on the other hand, are created from the earth itself. We do have a natural tendency, therefore, to incline towards this worldly life and its attractions. Because we have a soul, which is not physical, we also have a great potential to rise above this worldly existence. We are also given powerful minds to use, while trying to understand our surroundings and existence.

This may sound strange, but it is really out of Allahs great mercy that He has created evil and thereby gave us the opportunity to become t ...more
Answered by misconception, 25 Feb '08 01:14 pm

 
  
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I will god willing provide some narrative from great people
As you and I travel though life we find ourselves in one of two situations. Either something good is happening in our lives and in which case as Muslims - our role is have Shukr (to thank Allah for the blessing). Or something bad is happening to us, something we dislike and our role here is to have Sabr (patience). This is the formula for a happy life, a life cruising towards the pleasure of Allah. Sabr or Shukr, the worry stops here.
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam said, Strange is the affair of the Mumin (the believer), verily all his affairs are good for him. If something pleasing befalls him he thanks (Allah) and it becomes better for him. And if something harmful befalls him he is patient (Saabir) and it becomes better for him. And this is only for the Mummin.
Ibn Al-Jowzee said, If this Dunya was not a station of tests it would not be filled with sicknesses and filth. If life was not about hard ...more
Answered by funda, 25 Feb '08 01:28 pm

 
  
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I would like you to ans my 1 qn b4 ansering this qn?

Do you ask God the same qn when something good or very good happenes to you?

Nahi na then y crib that he is cruel & etcccccccccccc when he gives u happiness also?
Answered by Sheetal k, 25 Feb '08 11:12 am

 
  
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There is always a hidden reason behind any act of God. V can not understand it wid our tiny minds. There is no meaning in spending lots of time in puja/religio rituals if v r not following d path he want. He consider only ur gud work. He treats every1 equal n his rules r also same for all. He give sufferings so dat v come to know d imp. of happiness.
Answered by sumati gayki, 25 Feb '08 10:19 am

 
  
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Like in your office, despite CEO being the most powerul person with all the authorities vested in him, people keep on sneeking around involving in politics etc., the God also has the power, but certain things just remain unseen by him and probably may have to ignore for focusing on the bigger issues.
Answered by manish varma, 25 Feb '08 03:30 pm

 
  
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Firstly, I dont beleive nething happens for the bad. I think n accept, its all our 'karma' due 2 which we suffer. n that too dont cums by or through God, its all coz our deeds.
Answered by Nisha Kulkarni, 25 Feb '08 12:14 pm

 
  
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