As Al-Murasalah takes a new direction, insha’Allah for the better, I would like to aid the effort and provide my own opinion to the prompt that has been presented to those that in the program and now to the general MSA population. The prompt goes as such:
“Some have used the argument that if Allah (swt) existed, there would be no ills in this world. Why has Allah (swt) allowed for such evils to exist in this world?
The first thing that comes to mind when I hear this statement and any questioning of the coexistence of the All Mighty and struggle, hardship, murder all of which plague our society, I think of a verse in Surat Al-Baqara: “And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: “Verily, I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth.” They said: “Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood, – while we glorify You with praises and thanks (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners) and sanctify You.” He (Allah) said: “I know that which you do not know.”-02:30. Allah (swt) knows what is best and He knew exactly what he was doing when He made the world that we live in. There is good and there is bad. It all constitutes an environment in which we live in and sculpts the way that we live our lives. What if we lived in a perfect world? Would we worship Allah (swt) more or less than we do now? Honestly, many of the reasons of why we turn to Allah (swt) can be attributed to ills that occur in our society. If someone was to be killed in your neighborhood would you no turn to God for His protection? Most certainly. I am not saying that Allah (swt) put the bad in this world for us to remember Him, or trying to make Allah (swt) seem cruel in any way, but there is wisdom behind everything in this world. This is a wisdom beyond our comprehension and maybe, just maybe, one of the many reasons is so that we as His servants can turn to Him.