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Are You A Believer, Or A Disbeliever Who Cares?

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Faith

Are You A Believer, Or A Disbeliever Who Cares?

It’s amazing isn’t it, we praise Him, then we accuse Him, then we go to philosophical discussions to supposedly prove His innocence because we apparently care, when we haven’t paid an iota of attention to everything He has done for us since we were born. 

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It’s amazing isn’t it, we praise Him, then we accuse Him, then we go to philosophical discussions to supposedly prove His innocence because we apparently care, when we haven’t paid an iota of attention to everything He has done for us since we were born. 

When I say ‘believer’ I mean that part of us that seeks the truth with honesty and sincerity, and when I say ‘disbeliever’ I mean the part of us that seeks the world independently of honesty and sincerity. 

I have seen many believers and disbelievers – the believers are beautiful bearers of light, and the disbelievers are ugly. We might call ourselves believers but get angry without control, be jealous, or be intolerant. You might even think that heaven is yours to the exclusion of other people while you are unwilling to face death. If we are these things and many others, then we are disbelievers. If that hurts then it hurts, we don’t deserve any sympathy when all we have to do is turn to Allah and ask for forgiveness. 

I want to focus on one particular situation that we find ourselves in when we are thinking we are pious – when in reality we are swimming in disbelief and are actually extremely ugly. 

Let me set the scene, you are watching a video of a poor orphan child in a war-torn country and the child is lying on the floor, with people passing by around him/her, ignoring the child’s plight as he/she starves to death. You feel deep anguish and helplessness, you feel ‘compassionate’ towards that child….and then wait for it…. you say: ‘how could God allow that child to suffer like this?’ 

Does that sound familiar? 

I am not going to discuss the reasons why people find themselves in difficult situations, as many like to discuss this, finding philosophical answers that never satisfy them. 

I want to instead talk about us and who we are, and Allah and who He is. These are the two things that disbelievers don’t like to do or think about especially when they ask foolish questions like ‘how could God allow that child to suffer like this?’. You may be thinking that because someone claims to be a believer, they maybe just don’t understand, but I will show you why this is the question of a disbeliever. 

Let’s talk about us and Allah. We are born in this world to parents that love us and sacrifice for us without having known us or what we will do in the future. In fact, even when they know what we have done they still blindly go on loving us to protect us and nurture us. We live on a planet where water falls from the sky on to dirt and the seeds therein grow into magnificent trees and plants which bear fruit of different colours, fragrances, and tastes. We take much benefit from animals that we have not created, and we also eat from them, and some take them as pets to enjoy their company. We use raw materials that we haven’t created to build houses to live and rest in, and to make cars that we travel in. We can go on and on, science is a testament to the wonders and bounties present in this world. We haven’t created any of this ourselves, we were not deserving of this bounty.

For that matter, judging by the amount of injustice we do on a daily basis, it would be a long shot to say we were deserving of life. Allah gave this all to us, He did it out of love and compassion. What opinion does this warrant of Him? Aren’t we the same people that go out on to the streets with a good opinion of strangers, saying please and thank you wherever we go? So, what type of opinion does Allah deserve after everything He has done for us – surely an unwavering unflinching one. 

Let’s say you saw a crime that had been committed on the street, let’s say an innocent child had been murdered. If someone came to you and said your mum had murdered this child, would you say: ‘How could she?’. You wouldn’t, would you? Instead, you’d say: ‘No chance’. You wouldn’t even entertain the idea.

So why is it then at the sight of every atrocity you turn to ‘sincerely’ blame Allah in a heart filled with ‘compassion’ for the oppressed. Have you no idea of who you are? You were nothing and He created you, you had nothing, and He gave you. This was out of love. It was not for you to ignore and somehow claim rights over these things when you have none. 

I am not going to enter into weak philosophical discussions for entertainment, but do you not have a heart that knows that Allah is innocent of what you accuse Him of? Let me tell you if we cannot have a good opinion of Allah after everything He has done for us, then we do not have a good opinion of anything or anyone – and if we claim it we are disbelieving liars. 

Do not turn to Allah and ask Him with anguish how He could do this. Allah is clear about this, that if the disbelievers turn to the skies and ‘supplicate’ while they cut ties with Him, He will not answer them and He will definitely not remove that at which they are anguished. Allah does not answer the call of the disbelievers. 

It’s amazing isn’t it, we praise Him, then we accuse Him, then we go to philosophical discussions to supposedly prove His innocence because we apparently care, when we haven’t paid an iota of attention to everything He has done for us since we were born. 

Let me end this article with some advice…we need to burn this poisonous tree down. When you harbour this thought, destroy it immediately. If you are walking, turn around and walk the other way, if you are thinking, think the opposite by force, if you are among the people of the heart, shun it with everything you have. 

We are here for Allah; will we be able to reform the world at the expense of a relationship with Him? Absurd isn’t it! 

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