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|As-salamu `alaykum Dear Scholars, The Christians keep telling Muslims and everyone else that the Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:16) and that He loves all people (Matt. 5:43-48; John 3:16) which I think a very beautiful thing. We as Muslims are taught in Islam that Allah loves those who are righteous and pious and He dislikes those who are evildoers, criminals, brutal dictators, etc… My questions are: Does that make the Triune God of the Bible better or more lovely and fair than Allah? I personally think that the Triune God of the Bible is love in a way, but not exactly and totally as the Christian brothers and sisters allege. Otherwise, why would He cause the Christians - who are supposed to be His most beloved people since they are the ones on the right road - to massacre each others more than anyone else like in WW1 & WW2, etc… Why would He permit 80% of the world population to live under poverty line? etc… Can we say that Allah is love and that He loves mankind? If yes, how can we prove it? Does His love differ from the love of the Triune God of the Bible? Which one has more love and mercy? Salvation according to the Christians only requires faith. In other words, one only has to believe in the alleged blood sacrifice and he/she will never perish. Whereas in Islam, we are taught that the way to salvation is faith and good work combined. Faith by itself will not lead to salvation. Which one makes more sense, the Christian point of view or the Islamic? As I stated earlier, the way to salvation according to the Islamic teachings is faith and good work combined. Unfortunately, this caused many Christians - who have very little knowledge of Islam & Islamic views - to accuse Allah of “selling” His salvation through good work, piety, etc… They allege that the Triune God of the Bible does not sell salvation. It is a free gift of eternal life He offers to us through faith in His Son Jesus. Is this true that Allah “sells” his salvation through good work? Even though I was able to refute such a nonsense allegations, but yet, Muslims are always taught to consult with scholars & people of knowledge, so I would like to forward the questions to you and see what is your answers. May Allah reward you immensely for taking the time to clarify Islam for everyone in a time where Islam is being opposed and disturbed within and outside the Islamic nations. Wa-salam.|
AnswerSalam Abu Ammar,
Thank you very much for your question.
Before holding a comparison between the way Allah loves His creatures and that of the Triune God of Christianity, let us first ask: is God triune? Historically, the false claim of trinity was fabricated and sponsored for the first time by the Church in the Nicea Council of 325 C.E. This was followed by extended prosecutions of the originally Unitarian Christians, throughout the Roman Empire.
Jesus has never claimed to be God, son of God or part of a triune God. Trinity was a fallacy borrowed, almost literally, from earlier pagan beliefs: Metra, Hinduism, Budhism as well as Greek and ancient Egyptian mythology. As much as the concept of God was so distorted in Christianity, were the basic guidance and teachings of Jesus distorted as well.
Basically, Allah have sent all His messengers to set the criteria between the good and the evil, for our success and well-being both in this worldly life and in the hereafter. Through their guidance, human conscience was revived and the sense of responsibility was cherished. Jesus himself has emphatically said:
“Then the King [i.e. Allah] will say to those at His right hand: ‘Come, O blessed… inherit the Kingdom…’ Then He will say to those at His left hand: ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into eternal fire…’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. (Matthews 25: 40-46)
In contrast, the concept of “Christian salvation” relieves the individual from any responsibility towards his own actions. It is enough for a Christian to believe in the story of crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Christians believe that God has, allegedly, sacrificed His son Jesus for the atonement of all humanity, who collectively bear the original sin of one man, Adam.
Could this be the picture of a “loving” and just God? Is it justice to sacrifice His “own” sinless “born” son for the atonement of all humanity? Is it justice to equally reward the pious, honest or charitable with the killer, wicked or tyrant, so long as the latter believe in an invented story?
When this is widely indoctrinated and accepted, would we expect any better world than ours? Christian nations, for the last few centuries to the present day so-called new world (i.e. Zionist-Christian) order, has witnessed wars, massacres and atrocities of all kinds, while raising slogans of “Christian love” and “salvation through Jesus”.
Allah does not “sell” his love for good work. Rather, He has sent His messengers with promises and warnings, to protect us from evil and pitfalls, and to achieve virtuous prosperous life in this world. Otherwise, the world would have been deprived of any incentive for noble actions or deterrent from evil ones. Consider the human penal code, the penalties therein are set, out of love for the welfare of the society at large. Parents, as well, punish their children only out of their love and compassion, to ward them off harmful or risky acts.
The bounties of Allah over all mankind, both righteous and sinner, believer or nonbeliever alike, as detailed in the Qur’an, are manifestations of His “free” love to all His creatures. The Qur’an reads what means:
His gates of mercy and forgiveness are open all time to all human beings, who faithfully and sincerely approach Him. The Qur’an reads what means:
The Qur’an also reads:
Allah (swt) does not need clergy or priests to act as “mediators” in order to grant forgiveness or “salvation”. The Qur’an reads what means:
The Qur’an also reads what means:
So, God accepts repentance even if one spends all his previous life fighting against Allah’s guidance. The Qur’an reads what means:
Actually Allah Almighty gains nothing if all humanity is pious, and loses nothing if they are all tyrants. The Qur’an reads what means:
Worth mentioning is that Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, peace and blessings be upon him, was a model of mercy and love towards humanity and all creatures. The Qur’an reads what means:
He preached love to all creatures, as exemplified in the following sayings of his:
“He who believes in Allah and the Last Day should do good to his neighbors; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should show hospitality to the guest; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should either speak good or remain silent.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.)
“Gabriel impressed upon me [kind treatment] towards the neighbor [so much] that I thought as if I would confer upon him the [right of] inheritance.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.)
“A woman was punished because she had kept a cat locked up until it died, and [as a punishment of this offence] she was thrown into Hell. She had not provided it with food or drink, and had not freed it so that it could eat the insects of the earth.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.)
Also Jesus has called for love, in order to soften the hard hearts of the Israelites who, over centuries, have distorted or forgotten the teachings of Prophet Moses. Here is some examples:
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:16)
“You have heard that it was said: ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.’ (Matthews 5:43-45)
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31)
“A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love to one another.” (John 13:34-35)
However, it is also attributed to Jesus that he said:
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s foes will be those of his own household.” (Matthews 10:34-36)
“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” (Luke 12:49-53)
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters - yes, even his own life - he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14: 26)
Christian nations, through their missionaries and overwhelming media and out of political motives, have strived hard to monopolize the slogan of “love” as a slogan for Christianity. They have nothing else, neither intellectual nor moral, to convince an intellect to accept the distortions introduced to the original monotheistic message of Jesus, nor to woo a sane Muslim out of Islam.
Thank you again for your question and please keep in touch.