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Allah: The all-loving God




Christians often tell Muslims that their God is a God of love, ‘God is love’ as we are commonly told, and often this is said from the presumption that Allah, the Islamic God, is somehow not an all-loving God. So in this article, we would like to clarify the matter, because Allah is not a cold God as some may believe, and he is indeed an all-loving God.

As Muslims, we believe that Allah has several names, 99 of them are mentioned within the Islamic texts. One of these names that belong to Allah is al-Wadoud, which means the all-loving one. So one of Allah’s names, is the loving one, hence Allah is a loving God.

As Muslims, when it comes to the 99 names of God, we believe these names are perfect and beautiful, so when God is called the all-loving one, we believe that his attribute of love is perfect, and that nothing can even compare to his love.

The Quranic verses that speak of Allah as the all loving (al-Wadoud) are:

Ask pardon of your Lord and then turn unto Him (repentant). Lo! my Lord is Merciful, Loving (11:90)

And He is the Forgiving, the Loving (85:14)

So the Islamic God is a loving God, it is an attribute of God that he is the all loving one, and as Muslims, we are bound to believe and affirm this for God.

Now some might ask, does Allah love everybody? The answer to this question is no, and some might find fault in that, as they believe that God loves everybody. In actuality, this proves the perfection concerning the attribute of love, because God does not love the evildoers and those who cause mischief. How would it be, if God loved someone who was a serial rapist? How could God love someone like Hitler?  Or love someone who doesn’t believe in him and is defiant about not believing in him? If God loved such persons, then his attribute of love would not be perfect; rather it would be blameworthy, because such persons are not fit or deserving to have the love of God.

In Islam, God loves those who are good, and obedient to him. And this in fact is perfection, because love is reserved for the good, the sincere, and so on. It is not reserved for the evil and wicked, for that would be unjust, and very deficient.

But because God is so perfect, one of his other names according to Islam is Ar-Raheem, which means the most merciful one. In fact every Surah in the Quran (except Surah 9) begins by saying ‘In the name of God the most compassionate and the most merciful’. So while God does not love the evil and wicked, he is still the all merciful, and this mercy is open and extended to everybody. He grants his mercy to those who are bad, to those who are disobedient to him, he is the most merciful to them because he always leaves the door open for them to change their ways and to repent,  and he provides them with provision and health, rather than striking them down at once for their disobedience.

This is also complimented by two other names of God, one we have already mentioned, the most compassionate (Ar-Raheem) and the most forgiving (al-Ghafur). So God does not love the wicked and evildoers, but he is the all merciful, the all compassionate, and the all forgiving one. So he allows these people the opportunity and chance to redeem themselves, and if they do so, then God shall love them, for God loves the good doers.

So you see how all these attributes compliment one another, forming clear perfection, and having no deficiency at all.

In conclusion, Allah is not a cold God, far from it, we shall end this article by quoting one hadith that really illustrates how Allah is far from a cold God, but rather a very loving and merciful God to his creation:

On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (PBUH) said: Allah the Almighty said: I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assemble better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm's length, I draw near to him a fathom's length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running. (Hadith Qudsi 150)








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