A Reader on the Problem of Evil, Suffering, Destiny, and Allah’s Mercy

“Do not despair of Allah’s mercy.”[Qur’an, 39.53] The Problem of Evil and Suffering The Problem of Evil and a Summarized Islamic Response and Divine Wisdom Why Do Good People Suffer While Bad People Get Away With Crimes? Destiny Belief in Destiny, It’s Good and Evil Destiny and Human Responsibility in Islam Can Supplication Change Destiny? […]

Balancing Confidence and Humility and the Wisdom of Trials from Allah

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour Question 1: How can we balance self-esteem with humility? To me self-esteem means one loves oneself and consider themselves to be mostly good, yet Islam requires us to consider ourselves weak, broken and full of faults. Is it ok to do ‘affirmations’ by looking in the mirror and repeating statements […]

Belief in Destiny, It’s Good and Evil – Shaykh Nuh Keller – Sea without Shore

Belief in Destiny, It’s Good and Evil Shaykh Nuh Keller, from Sea without Shore Belief in destiny consists in knowing that what hit one was not going to miss, and what misses one was not going to hit. The question sometimes arises: Why then are people responsible when Allah destines our acts and creates them? […]

Can Supplications Change One’s Destined Life Expectancy?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Can supplications change the one’s life expectancy? If so is there any duaa to ask Allah for a long and good life  filled with obedience and good deeds?   Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are well, insha’Allah. No, supplications cannot “change” one’s […]

Affirming Free Will and the Divine Decree

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I’ve been having strong doubts about Islam due to difficulty accepting the belief in Qadr. This verse from Imam al-Tahawi’s creed strongly bothers me, for example. 83. The Garden and the Fire are created things that never come to an end and we believe that Allah created them […]