..... I want to live as a Muslim, but, forgive me, but I do not at this time see GOD as being "Gracious, or Merciful" - as it says in the scripture before the start of every sura. Let me explain.
If GOD was gracious and merciful, why does he continue to allow human beings to be born knowing that most of them will not come to Islam and be saved on the Day of Judgment ? It even says in the Quran that, "This is the perfect religion (Islam), but most of them (people) do not know."
How can this be right. You might argue that we human beings have total freedom of choice. Well, yes, we do. But GOD knows the future - He controls it - so He knows the eventual destination of every person that is born. GOD runs the show. What about people living in parts of the world where Islam has not, and may never, reach ? Are they cursed at birth ? Is it their fault they will never see a Quran in their lifetime or ever hear of Islam ? Am I missing something ??? I can't be the only person who has thought this.
All answers will be graciously accepted and read.
(Whoever accepts guidance does so for his own good; whoever strays does so at his own peril. No soul will bear another’s burden, nor do We punish until We have sent a messenger) 17:15 "Surat Al-Isra"
people who didn't recieve the message or they got the message with wrong image and didn't listen about the truth of islam and will not be treated like people whom listened and knew islam and it's true message .. As God it not only the most gracious and merciful but also the The Utterly Just
For further explanation and the answer to your question you will find it on that video but unfortunately it has not english subtitles and hopefully there will be subtitles soon ,, pardon me if i can't translate what exactly said on the video due to my weak language and i am afraid to be misunderstood or mislead you but the full answer to your question is on that video :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1ZRfJToESs
as bother ZiadEldeeb mentioned the Quranic verse which is ruling this issue is; "...nor do We punish until We have sent a messenger."
and for your knowledge, in Islam we believe that this life is one of many chapters of what is called life.. as we were actually dead before and revived,
As Quran is telling us ;"How can you disbelieve in Allah when you were dead and He brought you to life; then He will cause you to die, then He will bring you (back) to life, and then to Him You will be returned."(2:28)
and in Quran the dwellers of Hell, they will say; "Our Lord, You made us dead twice and gave us life twice, and we have confessed our sins. So is there to an exit any way?"(40:11)
by another word.. Allah gave us life once and displayed upon the TRUST and He let us witness upon ourselves that He is our Lord, and we all witnessed it.. read the following two verses; "Indeed, We offered the Trust(el Amanah)(the acceptance of obligations and obedience to Allah) to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, and they declined to bear it and feared it, but man(human) (undertook to) bear it. Indeed, he was unjust and ignorant."(33:72)
"and (mention) when Your Lord took from the children of Adam- from their loins- their descendants and made them testify of them-selves, (saying to them), 'Am I not your Lord?' They said;'Yes, we have testified.' (This)- least you should say on the Day of Resurrection, 'indeed, we were of this unaware.'" "Or (least) you say; 'it was only that our fathers associated (others in worship) with Allah before and we were but descendants after them. Then would You destroy us for what the falsifiers have done.'"(7:173-174)
So we were spirits(rouh) without bodies hovering around the Throne enjoying the light of Allah.. and then Allah decided to take from the loin of Adam and gave us life by connecting the spirits to it(=1st life) and we witnessed/testified and we agreed to carry the trust.. we could refuse it but we were looking for the great reward.. so Allah did not force it on us but He displayed and offered it.. and we could accept or refuse the trust as the heavens, earth and mountains did.. but we accepted it and since we accepted to carry the trust then we will be judged upon our being trustful or not. then spirit is disconnected from (1st death).. then we are revived in the wombs of our mothers, by connecting spirit once again (2nd life) and then we will die(disconnection of spirit from the body)(2nd death).. and then we will be revived and resurrected for a final time/judgment.
that is why everyone of us knows Allah/God, and many times in Quran it says "do not you remember/remind?!".. but problem is the people took a false objects that they thought it will make them close to Allah falsely and without any authority.. while Allah created us on the form of balance, two ears and two eyes like the two sides of the balance and only one heart cause it is the indicator of the result of the weight/balance.. and only one tongue for that we might speak/translate the only one truth/result on our hearts. So each one have to do the correct balance and not blindly follow his parents or people.. but he should know the truth and by this will know the correct people following it. so Allah will judge everyone upon how he balanced the information/knowledge he got.. and upon his intention and action towards it. and Allah is knowing and wise.
My previous question to you was intentional as your stance with regards to your deen is indicative of an intelligent mind which is seeking meaning and that is better for you than to follow blindly without real conviction in the heart. Both of the brothers have provided you with excellent answers above. I would like to add the following:
Your reference from the Qurán where Alaah SWT says :
"You do not worship besides Him but only names which you have named (forged), you and your fathers, for which Allah has sent down no authority. The command (or the judgement) is for none but Allah. He has commanded that you worship none but Him (i.e. His Monotheism), that is the (true) straight religion, but most men know not.” 12.40 Surah Yusuf (Prophet Joseph)
Alaah SWT is referring to those who DO know of the Qurán and HAVE read it in its entirety OR in part BUT do not accept it or do not see the perfect guidance in it and to those who HAVE the opportunity to access it BUT do not wish to as they prefer to use their time in other ways. Of those who have access to the Qurán (and some 2.4 billion internet users were recorded for year 2012; that’s over a third of the entire human population), they have the opportunity to seek out the most important information pertaining to their lives. And this is one instance where the phrase contained in the Qur’an“...but most men know not.” becomes relevant.
And Alaah SWT says: “... unto them a scripture from Allah, confirming that in their possession ... they know (to be the truth) they disbelieve therein. The curse of Allah is ...” (2:89)
It is our responsibility to seek the truth. But Alaah SWT is the Most Merciful and the Most Kind and rest assured that He will deal justly and fairly and with Compassion towards those that have never heard of Islam due to their extreme isolation from the rest of the world or their particular situation. Alaah SWT does not curse anyone who is pure and innocent and Alaah knows who falls into this category. Trust in Alaah SWT.
Now to answer your question: “....why does He continue to allow human beings to be born knowing that most of them will not come to Islam and be saved on the Day of Judgment?”
Yes, without ANY doubt He knows who will not come to Islam. This is easy for Him, as He knows every minor detail of every minor thing. His knowledge is Supreme. He is the Al-Alim, the Knower of All. None can deny the fact that He KNOWS the present, the future and the past. This is a part of what makes Him the Supreme, Al-Muta’ali.
As you astutely say, Alaah SWT has given us the freedom to choose. This is our opportunity to show Alaah SWT what we are like,...the truth of ourselves, our unmasked hearts and what is within our very core. No pretending or hiding here. But have you ever wondered who it is that we are really showing our true self to? If Alaah SWT already knows, then what is the point? It is here that we should realise that our discovery of who we really are in our deepest recesses of our minds and actions is for OURSELVES.
Alaah SWT knows each one of us already, better than we know ourselves. There can be no contradictions here.
Alaah SWT says:
And indeed We have created man, and We know what his ownself whispers to him. And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein (by Our Knowledge). (Surah Qaf 50:16)
What we need to realise is that we do not know ourselves as it is a fact that with each passing event in our lives we discover new things about ourselves. You don’t really know how you will react to a situation until you are actually dealing with it. Sometimes we look back on certain events in our lives and are amazed how these may have changed us or shaped our thinking. So we are continually finding out about ourselves and what we are really like.
So, Alaah is giving us the freedom to choose. He does not MAKE us choose evil and then punish us. On the contrary, He is the Al-Mu’min, the Inspirer of Faith, the Al-Ghaffar, the Most Forgiving. Every one of us has the freedom to choose. And Alaah is Just , Al-‘Adl and knows how to deal with each and every one of us perfectly well.
Be grateful to Alaah SWT that He has guided you to the right path. Ameen
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