Television is simply an effective brainwashing and social engineering tool. One of the clearest and most blatant aims of what is delivered through television is the “abolition of the family” (by tearing away and destroying all its bonds).

Television is the most-effective means of delivery for that envisaged social engineering. But it is in its reality and in its interior a call to permissiveness, to decay and (to) factors of turmoil, and disintegration in societies, and to the splitting of the handholds of nations and to the destructive, subversive annihilation of the edifice of legal injunctions and noble characteristics (morals) and the corruption and destruction of civilization (culture)…

It is our hope that as a Muslim, you already recognize the television for what it is. TV Networks are under no obligation to tell the truth, because they are privately owned – and what you see through your television is decided by people whose values are more or less entirely in opposition to yours.

If you are a Muslim who has a television in your house, we advise you for the sake of Allaah Ta’ala that you get rid of your television, and that you do not give away your children to “television foster-care“ because all you are doing is destroying their lives, socially, morally and psychologically, whilst being deceived into thinking you are providing them “entertainment”. Very large numbers of well-informed, and conscientious non-Muslims are recognizing the corruption and sham that is television, its evil effects on themselves and their children and are getting rid of it from their houses.

Predictive Programming and Culture Creation

First a quick note on what is referred to as “predictive programming “: When you want to bring about social change, it is easier to familiarize the target audience with the desired change but in a non-direct way. This is done mainly through movies, sitcoms and music, in other words through the backdoor of “entertainment”.

Through entertainment you familiarize people with a certain social norm, or agenda, because it’s weaved into the plot, and because this is entertainment, you’ve already got the audience to subconsciously accept it. This is a very powerful technique. In this manner you can make anything a social norm, fornication, adultery, even incest, robbery, violence and so on, you can make them all justifiable simply by presenting it through a carefully crafted plot or story line, and by casting the right character(s).

If you think that you are receiving “entertainment” through the box, you are mistaken. You are receiving “social engineering” (the alteration of morals, attitudes, values) disguised as entertainment and its not as innocent as you may think it is – all the social evils and moral degradation don’t come out of thin air, they have reasons, causes and they have to be coming from somewhere.

As for “culture creation”

True culture always come from the ground up, it always starts with the people in the society, and then it grows and spreads and becomes the accepted custom and way, and it binds that society together for generations to come, if not hundreds or even thousands of years. In the modern age, all culture is created artificially. It is forced from top down, and it is a fake contrived culture.

In history, true culture (grass roots upwards) has bonded people and societies and kept them together. In the 20th century, the fake contrived culture which continues to be pushed through movies, music, novels is used to destroy societies and families. So this is what is meant by “culture creation”. You create a fake contrived culture and export it to the rest of the world, and through this fake culture achieve socialist goals.

You can tear apart the family bonds (husband-wife, parent-child relationships) and degrade all morals, you can promote cultures of violence, greed, selfish individuality and so on. So culture creation is extremely powerful and it is delivered through the television. So we ought to be aware of “predictive programming” and “culture creation” because it is all around us and its a false reality through which nations and societies at the family unit level are brainwashed and through which your children are given a culture, perception and way of thinking.

Brief Overview of the Role of Television in Destroying Children, the Family and Society

Instilling Hatred towards Parents or Total Independence from them

This is very prominent, and is a major aspect of the social engineering for which television is a delivery mechanism. What is put out by major movie production centers and through certain genres of music are replete with particular themes that disdain parents. The children that develop the best and are most stable are those who have regular contact with people of different ages, they are not cocooned and do not develop a warped and segmented picture of reality, and these children always tend to hold on to family values and the types of “bonding” that hold society together.

By breaking contact and “bonding” with parents, or older generations, let alone being brainwashed into resenting and hating them, the society loses its cohesion over a few generations and the young are out of touch with the old and so whatever morals the old had do not get passed down to the young. In all the famous and popular cartoons targeted to children (the Disney films) from the early 20th century onwards, you will see that generally they follow a formula. This is a scientific formula worked to perfection. In most of these cartoons the main character is always separated from his or her family, and is usually cast as an orphan. Thus, disassociation with the parents (or mainly the mother) is a prominent feature in many story lines. The mother may often be presented as evil, oppressive, or you may have the “evil stepmother”. Motherhood is made to be absent. They usually have a very tragic, extremely traumatic incident occurring at the beginning. Usually this is the loss of both parents or just one in a very brutal or unkind way. The scenes are deliberately made extremely intense and traumatic.

When kids watch this stuff it really does traumatize them. In that traumatized, emotionally disturbed state, it becomes easy to impart values and messages through whatever follows in the rest of the film or cartoon. The children identify with the main character and subconsciously impose themselves upon that character or within the character’s context. Then whatever the character experiences and goes through is soaked up by the subconscious of the (traumatized) child who is watching.

This really is a subject in itself, but let us say loud and clear that if you think these are just innocent cartoons for children, you are dead, dead wrong. These are cartoons based upon scientific formulas devised after much experimentation and research.

Adapted from: 6 Ways Television Destroys and Corrupts our Children and Society


Even early elementary student of linguistical study, will find it easy to translate the Arabic terms ” ﺭﻭﺡ ﺍﻟﻘﺪﺱ ” transliterated “Ruh-al-Qudus”. This is simple because “Ruh” (ﺭﻭﺡ) means “spirit” and “Qudus”  (ﻗﺪﺱ) means holy, thereby, joining them together, (ﺭﻭﺡ ﺍﻟﻘﺪﺱ) “Ruh-al-Qudus” means holy spirit.

Most Christians believe that holy spirit is “part of God” in the unionism of trinity, and Jesus is “part of the holy spirit”, which make them equally God. They backed it by a claim that God is a combination of three elements: Body, spirit and soul, just as human being is; such that father was the body, holy spirit was the spirit, and Jesus the soul: a claim never found in bible.

They go further by insisting that, the spirit of God is as old as God himself. And, since God has no beginning, neither the holy spirit, nor Jesus has, since Jesus himself was from the holy spirit, and holy spirit is from God, even according to Quran.

Unfortunately, this was a late deceit initiated by enemies of Allah (God ) led by whispers of Satan the rejected, immediately after the alleged crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Consider these points;

1. No such ideas as trinity or duality throughout all past prophets, all generations before the alleged crucifixion

2. Old testament and Jews, the supposed keepers of Torah, never agree to this filthy idea until this day

3. No verse in Qur’an where Allah says that “Jesus is his spirit” but rather “a spirit from him”

4. In Qur’an, Allah said he breathed (not just a spirit from him) but “his” spirit into Adam. Yet no one ever said that Adam was God!

5. In the case of Adam, Allah breathed his spirit by himself. But for Jesus, he sent an Angel messenger to breathe the spirit into Mary’s womb (as referenced on sticker below). Which spirit is closer to Allah (God)?

6. Even if Jesus might have been referred to, in Hadith, as “spirit of Allah” is normal. Because “of” in English (as in other languages) is an adjective of possession. So simply, “spirit of Allah” means “spirit possessed by Allah”. Not as Christians want to imply it mean “spirit part of Allah” taking the “OF” as “part of”

7. Spirit from Allah or spirit of Allah simply means spirit belonging to Allah, not a spirit part of Allah just like if we say a house of God. House of God means a house belonging to God, not a house part of God.

May Allah protect us from the deceivers who mislead people from the truth, Aameen!



Please comment on the following fatwa issued by Mufti Ebrahim Desai. The following question was posed to him:



On your website, you state that vanilla extract (minimum of 35% alcohol) is permissible for use in flavoring in ice cream or cakes since it’s alcohol is not Khamr (derived from grapes or dates). Vanilla extract can cause intoxication if someone drinks it directly.

My question is, if an ice cream or cake lists rum as ingredient for flavoring would be permissible? Rum is usually 40% alcohol and derived from sugar cane. The amount of rum in such an ice cream or cake is not large enough to cause intoxication.

If this is not permissible, could you please explain how rum as an alcoholic flavoring agent would be different from vanilla extract?

Jazak Allah khair,  wasslam

The Mufti gave the following fatwa:


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

You refer to our position on vanilla extract. You then enquire about rum as an ingredient in ice cream and cakes based on the analogy of our ruling on vanilla extract. Your analogy is correct.

In principle, alcohol derived from dates and grapes is prohibited. Therefore, any product containing alcohol derived from any source besides dates and grapes is permissible on condition.

1.     It does not intoxicate.

2.     It is not generally used by people who drink intoxicants.

Rum, in drink form, is generally used by people who drink intoxicants, hence not permissible.

However, ice cream, cakes, chocolates and similar off the shelf products which contain very low amounts of rum are not consumed only by such people. They are used by one and all and are also not regarded as a main feature of the gatherings of sinful people (Faasiqs) as is the case with intoxicants. Such products are similar to soft drinks which are permissible.

The above answer is based on principle. If one abstains from such products, that is Taqwa.   (End of the Mufti’s fatwa)

OUR COMMENT (By Mujlisul Ulama):

This is one of the typical zig-zig ‘fatwas’ which have become characteristic of Mufti Ebrahim Desai. The resort to technicalities and the portrayal of stark ignorance of the prevailing circumstances are appalling for a Mufti. When a fatwa is issued, it is for public consumption. A Mufti who is unable to understand the evil and harmful implications of his fatwas, should abandon the post. He is not fit to issue fatwas because his fatwas magnify the evil chasm already existing between Muslims and Allah Ta’ala. Instead of giving Muslims the lesson of Taqwa with fatwa, this Mufti enhances the current state of fisq and fujoor in which Muslims are wallowing.

Every Muslim, even a faasiq who consumes khamrunderstands that all forms of liquor are haraam, not only grape and date liquor. Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu alahu) described all forms of liquor to be ‘khamr’ regardless of the source from which it is derived. Hadhrat Umar’s Fatwa ignores the technicality of the khamr argument, and emphasizes the prohibition of all forms of alcohol, not of only grape alcohol. The technical arguments and factors are meant for burial in the kutub, and Hadhrat Umar’s Fatwa is meant for practical application.

There is no need to delve into the technical arguments which this Mufti has proffered for justifying rum and the other 99% of liquors available on the market. With his fatwa he has opened the doors wide, extremely wide, for desensitizing Muslim inhibition to liquor and for the eventual consumption of liquor by dubbing it with fanciful names as predicted by Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). He follows in the footsteps of the SANHA devil who has desensitized, in fact obliterated, Muslim inhibition to carrion. While SANHA and the other shayaateen outfits halaalize carrion, Mufti Ebrahim Desai leans backwards to halaalize liquor.

The simple and straight forward Fatwa for Muslims is that all forms of alcohol / liquor are HARAAM, and may not be used as ingredients in cakes, icecream or any edible products. All edible products containing rum or any other liquor ingredient are HARAAM. This is the Fatwa of all FOUR Math-habs. The Fatwa of the Hanafi Math-hab is the Fatwa of Imaam Muhammad (Rahmatullah alayh), and this has been the Hanafi stance since the era of Khairul Quroon. But, the zig zag muftis of today are labouring satanically to cancel the official stance of the Math-hab with their stupid zig zag fatwas. They are driven by the nafs and they are out to court the pleasure of the juhala.

The technicality of Imaam Abu Hanifah’s view may not be presented to upset and abolish the 13 century Fatwa of the Hanafi Math-hab which conforms to the Fatwa of the other three Math-habs. Mufti Ebrahim Desai is not a mujtahid. He is increasingly leaning towards liberalism and modernism. Many of his fatwas are corrupt. Instead of guiding Muslims towards Allah Ta’ala, he misleads them with his zig zag fatwas.

The presentation of copious Arabic texts from the kutub is stupid and its objective is to awe and impress the juhala awaam who do not understand head or tail of the Arabic references. It is a stupid attempt to flaunt ‘knowledge’. But knowledge is being flaunted and presented in a manner which ruins the Imaan of the masses. These are the types of molvis and sheikhs about whom Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Verily, I fear for my Ummat the aimmah mudhilleen.”

They are the molvis and sheikhs who mislead the Ummah with their zig zag corrupt fatwas. In these times of molvi-sheikh fitnah, people should resort to the advice of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) who said:



By Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Is’haq Sahib (Damat Barakatuhum)

Picture-making of anything animate, in whichever form it is done in – whether with a pen, pencil, paint-brush, camera, cell-phone – is Haraam. …The warnings found in the Ahadith are very clear regarding picture-making or photography of animate objects. The same prohibition applies to sculpting. Artists use material such as wood, clay, metal, etc. to sculpt human figures and other animate objects.

Using a different instrument to make pictures, or changing its name does not change the prohibition. The prohibition is not based on the procedure or technique. The actual prohibition is on the end result. This is what is Haraam. A person may use a pencil to sketch someone or a camera to capture someone, but the picture is what is Haraam… not how it is made.

Digital photography is merely advanced imaging… like how we have the microwave, pressure-cooker, air-fryer, etc. which are advanced ways of cooking food. The same can be said about so much else: Transportation has evolved. Similarly, communication has evolved: Initially to write required ink and a reed pen, which progressed to the quill, thereafter the ballpoint pen, fountain pen and we now live in the age of digital and smart pens. Over many centuries, there was papyrus, parchment and paper used for hand-writing. Then came the eras of the typewriter, telegram, fax, email, sms, Whatsapp, etc. – all to communicate with others. The same work is achieved but through innovative and advanced means.

It is surprising that many focus on the process and procedure of digital photography and declare the end result as permissible. If one has to consider the means to the end, then previously, wine was not made with the same equipment or with the same levels of hygiene as is made in these times. It was also common for people to crush grapes with their feet, in order to make wine… something many wine-drinkers will not accept or tolerate today. Now, there is modern machinery used in wineries to do this work. However, despite the advanced means and high hygiene standards adopted, it will always remain Haraam.

Pigs are known for their dirt and filth. Nowadays, in the sector of pig-rearing, there are many conditions that have to be met (which are generally not met), which include hygienic pig management and breeding, cleaning, disinfection, and so forth. There is even, what is called, ‘pure free-range pig farming’ or ‘organic pork’ products. Even if pigs are kept in the cleanest conditions, the different pork products which are processed will not be Halaal. They will be categorically Haraam.

Similarly, photography is photography, no matter what tool or medium is used to record it. The end result is a photo. Moreover, like film-photography or traditional photography, digital photographs can be preserved and also printed.

Those in favour of digital photography, etc.  say that it is not a picture; rather a series of pixels or ‘dots’ whereas the experts and professionals in the field of photography, say that the end is a photograph. …It is thus strange that on a Shar’i level, the assertion is that it is not a photograph. The example of this is that of a criminal who admits his guilt while the prosecutor tries his utmost to prove his innocence.

Often, the same digital pictures are found in printed form – in newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, etc. What was the determining factor for the permissibility – that is, it is just dots – is then liquidated and obliterated, because it finds its way to print form. The possibility of Tasweer (image-making) is evident and indisputable.

May Allah Ta’ala guide us and protect us.



Madrasah Arabia Islamia of Azaadville has published an article on the virtues of the Khatame Khwajgan practice  which is observed with such  constancy and fervour that the idea of this practice being Sunnah has been created.  Is this a Sunnah practice?


Although Khatme Khwajgan is a practice consisting of thikr and dua, it has attained Bid’ah proportions. It is most certainly not Sunnah. The format of the practice is inimical to the Sunnah. The abhorrence of a form which has no Sunnah substantiation has been conspicuously portrayed by Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu anhu) when he had harshly expelled from the Musjid a group who had initiated a practice of thikr similar to Khatme Khwajgan.

Only morons and bigoted peer-worshippers will have the stupid audacity to claim that Hadhrat Ibn Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu anhu) was anti-Thikr, having “insufficient knowledge, foolishness and having evil thoughts”, as the U.K. Molvi Kholwadia states in the article extolling the virtues of the non-Sunnah Khatme Khwajgan practice.

If Allah Ta’ala wills, we shall publish a detailed refutation of the article of Madrasah Arabia Islamia. The proponents of this practice have presented an exaggerated picture of its virtues, and the importance accorded it has definitely ushered Khatme Khwajgan into the domain of Bid’ah.

Instead of khatame khwajgan, adhere to Khatme Qur’aan, Durood Shareef, Istighfaar, Nafl Salaat and Dua in solitude and individually. All these collective/congregational practices which have no origin in the Sunnah, invariably develop into hardcore Bid’ah Sayyiah (Evil Innovation). This has been the downfall of the Barelwi-Qabar Pujaari Bid’atis and of Bid’atis of other hues.  They eventually become “Kilaabun Naar” (Dogs of the Fire).

About the people of Bid’ah, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily, Allah deprives every man of bid’ah from making Taubah.” This should be more than adequate for overwhelming the follower of the Sunnah with fear. Before indulging in a practice which has the form of ibaadat, ascertain whether it was Ibaadat during the age of the Sahaabah. If it was not, then stay far from it. What induces men to accord preference to practices which have no Sunnah origin. Shaitaan is our open enemy. Bid’ah is his snare with which he entraps even the Aabideen, hence Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“One Faqeeh is harder on shaitaan than a thousand Aabideen.”


By Mujlisul Ulama

Allah Ta’ala says:    “Verily, the Musaajid are for Allah.” (Al-Jinn, Aayat 18)

The objective of a Musjid is only ONE, and that is Ibaadat – pure Ibaadat – Salaat and Thikrullaah (not bid’ah halqah) thikr.

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Soon shall there dawn an age………when the Musaajid will be ornate structures, but devoid of huda (Imaani guidance)…..”

“The Hour (of Qiyaamah) will not come except when people vie with one another regarding the Musaajid.”

With each passing day and with each development of fitnah, the TRUTH of the Nubuwwat of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) becomes more conspicuously manifested.  With the fulfilment of each prediction of our Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), the Haqq of his Nubuwwat is further emphasized.

One of the latest materializations of Rasulullah’s predictions pertains to the Musaajid which are being made objects of competition and awards by the fussaaq, fujjaar, zindeeq molvis and trustees of the Musaajid. The shayaateen who are today in charge of numerous Musjids compete with one another in satanic decoration and adornment of the Musaajid. Some have given the Musaajid the forms of Sikh temples and churches.

This mutual competition in which the Musaajid are being made pawns of shaitaaniyat, have now degenerated into what the fussaaq dub ‘Musjid Awards’. Instead of the Musaajid being employed for the sole purpose of Ibaadat for which they have been constructed, these Houses of Allah Ta’ala are used as outlets for the freeplay of the lusts of the nafs – for giving effect to ujub, riya and takabbur.

The shaitaani haraam ‘award’ villainy is accompanied by a number of flagrant haraam practices such as videoing, photography, intermingling of sexes.  Even if it be baselessly assumed, momentarily, that the awards of fisq are unaccompanied by shaitaaniyat, then too, the concept of Musjid award per se is haraam.

The Musjid is supposed to be an abode of khalwat (solitude and seclusion) where peace and serenity prevail.  It is an abode to direct the mind and heart to Allah Ta’ala and to create a greater understanding of the futility of worldly pursuits and the reality of the Aakhirat. But these filthy shaitaani award exercises have the direct opposite effect. The Musaajid are supposed to be cloisters for withdrawal from the mundane ethos of the outside world – of the marketplaces. Hence, the cloisters of I’tikaaf are established during Ramadhaan to withdraw from contact with people as much as is possible. The Musjid cloister should be like Ghaar-e-Hira (The Cave of Hira) where Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) spent days and weeks in seclusion meditating on Allah Ta’ala. It was in that dusty Cave that Islam with its Qur’aan was revealed, and out of that dusty, cold Cave of seclusion and solitude developed the small, dusty, hut-like Musjidun Nabawi which has today been destroyed and converted into a tourist attraction for fujjaar and fussaaq, infact for even kuffaar and munaafiqeen.

The evil fussaaq trustees and  vile molvis have, with their shaitaani  activity of ‘awards’ utterly  raped the sanctity of  Nurul Islam Musjid (Lenasia), Musjidus Salaam (Laudium), Uthmaan Ghani Musjid (Lenasia), Musjidul Ansaar (Lakefield), Quloobul Mi’mineen Majid (Cape Town), and  elsewhere. They have made these Musaajid Signs of Qiyaamah, and they are using and misusing the Deen for the acquisition of the filthy objectives of their lusts.

Among the Signs of Qiyaamah, said Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), is: “The dunya will be searched for with the deeds of the Aakhirat.” The Musjid – ibaadat therein – is an amal of the Aakhirat. A man’s association with a Musjid, his service to the Musjid and his entry into the Musjid for Ibaadat are deeds of the Aakhirat. But today, these are utilized for worldly and nafsaani purposes. That is precisely the objective of the Satanism of Musjid awards.

Today in this era in close proximity to Qiyaamah, even the Darul Ulooms which are supposed to be Bastions of the Sunnah have become satanic.  The Darul Ifta of Darul Uloom Zakariyya falling prey to the plot of Iblees has issued an absolutely corrupt, stupid ‘fatwa’ condoning these haraam ‘Musjid Awards’ satanically initiate by fussaaq and fujjaar. This Darul Ifta is becoming notorious for issuing corrupt ‘fatwas’ to placate and assuage the tastes of liberalism. Some of its fatwas regarding many issues are downright stupid and baatil, bereft of Ilmi significance.

Instead of acting to safeguard the Sunnah, Darul Ifta of Darul Uloom Zakariyya is complicit in undermining the Sunnah and digging up the foundations of the Deen to placate the modernist taste and love for Satanism.

Musjids are as old as Islam. These are not new developments of this age. There never was any type of Musjid Award for any Musjid from the time of the Sahaabah. It is only in this belated era that this Satanism has been incorporated into the Musaajid by the fussaaq and fujjaar molvis of Soo’, and by trustees who lack in entirety in the qualifications necessary for being Musjid Mutawallis. But the Signs of Qiyaamah must become manifest, hence this type of evil and shaitaaniyat will be on the rise. But at the same time, regardless of the preponderance of the evil and the Signs of Qiyaamah, it remains the obligation of the Ulama-e-Haqq to proclaim the Haqq, and not acquit themselves like dumb devils. Said Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam):

“He who remains silent regarding the Haqq is a dumb shaitaan.”


[By Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng]

A sufficient response is to provide a strong argument that Allah Ta’aala has communicated some reasons to us about why He has allowed evil and suffering in the world. The intellectual richness of Islamic thought provides us with many reasons.  

Our purpose is worship

The primary purpose of the human being is not to enjoy a transitory sense of happiness; rather, it is to achieve a deep internal peace through knowing and worshipping Allah Ta’aala. This fulfilment of the Divine purpose will result in everlasting bliss and true happiness. So, if this is our primary purpose, other aspects of human experience are secondary. The Qur’an states, “I did not create either jinn [spirit world] or man except to worship Me.”

Consider someone who has never experienced any suffering or pain, but experiences pleasure all the time. This person, by virtue of his state of ease, has forgotten Allah Ta’aala and therefore failed to do what he was created to do. Compare this person with someone whose experiences of hardship and pain have led him to Allah Ta’aala, and fulfilled his purpose in life. From the perspective of the Islamic spiritual tradition, the one whose suffering has led him to Allah Ta’aala is better than the one who has never suffered and whose pleasures have led him away from Allah Ta’aala.  

Life is a test

Allah Ta’aala also created us for a test, and part of this test is to experience trials with suffering and evil. Passing the test facilitates our permanent abode of eternal bliss in Jannah. The Qur’an explains that Allah Ta’aala created death and life, “so that He may put you to test, to find out which of you is best in deeds: He is the The-Almighty, The-Forgiving.”

On a basic level, the atheist misunderstands the purpose of our existence on Earth. The world is supposed to be an arena of trials and tribulations in order to test our conduct and for us to cultivate virtue. For example, how can we cultivate patience if we do not experience things that test our patience? How can we become courageous if there are no dangers to be confronted? How can we be compassionate if no one is in need of it? Life being a test answers these questions. We need challenges to ensure our moral and spiritual growth. We are not here to party; that is the purpose of Jannah.

So why is life a test? Since Allah Ta’aala is perfectly good, He wants every single one of us to believe and, as a result, experience eternal bliss with Him in Jannah. Allah Ta’aala makes it clear that He prefers belief for us all: “And He does not approve for His servants’ disbelief.” 

This clearly shows that Allah Ta’aala does not want anyone to go to hell. However, if He were to send everyone to Jannah, then a gross violation of justice would take place; Allah Ta’aala would be treating Moosa Alaihis Salaam and Fir’oun and Qaroon and Isa Alaihis Salaam as the same. A mechanism is needed to ensure that people who enter Jannah do so based on merit. This explains why life is a test. Life is just a mechanism to see who among us are truly deserving of eternal happiness. As such, life is filled with obstacles, which act as tests of our conduct.

In this regard, Islam is extremely empowering because it sees suffering, evil, harm, pain and problems as a test. We can have fun, but we have been created with a purpose and that purpose is to worship Allah Ta’aala. The empowering Islamic view is that tests are seen as sign of Allah Ta’aala’s love. Rasulullah SallAllah Ta’aalau Alayhi Wasallam said, “When Allah Ta’aala loves a servant, He tests him.”

The reason Allah Ta’aala tests those whom He loves is because it is an avenue to achieve the eternal bliss of Jannah—and entering Jannah is a result of Divine love and mercy. Allah Ta’aala points this out clearly in the Qur’an: “Do you suppose that you will enter the Garden without first having suffered like those before you? They were afflicted by misfortune and hardship, and they were so shaken that even [their] messenger and the believers with him cried, ‘When will Allah Ta’aala’s help arrive?’ Truly, Allah Ta’aala’s help is near.”

The beauty of the Islamic tradition is that Allah Ta’aala, who knows us better than we know ourselves, has already empowered us and tells us that we have what it takes to overcome these trials. “Allah Ta’aala does not burden any soul with more than it can bear.” However, if we cannot overcome these trials after having tried our best, Allah Ta’aala’s mercy and justice will ensure that we are recompensed in some way, either in this life or the eternal life that awaits us.  

Knowing Allah Ta’aala

Hardship and suffering enables us to realise and know Allah Ta’aala’s attributes, such as The-Protector and The-Healer. For example, without the pain of illness we would not appreciate Allah Ta’aala’s attributes as The-Healer, or the one who gives us health. Knowing Allah Ta’aala in the Islamic spiritual tradition is a greater good, and worth the experience of suffering or pain, as it will ensure the fulfilment of our primary purpose, which ultimately leads to Jannah.  

Greater good

Suffering and evil allow a greater good, also known as second-order good. First-order good is physical pleasure and happiness, and first-order evil is physical pain and sadness. Some examples of second-order goodness include courage, humility and patience. However, in order to have a second order good (like courage) there must be a first-order evil (like cowardice). According to the Qur’an, elevated good such as courage and humility do not have the same value as evil: “Say (Oh Rasulullah SallAllah Ta’ala Alayhi Wasallam), bad cannot be likened to good, though you may be dazzled by how abundant the bad is. Be mindful of Allah Ta’ala, people of understanding, so that you may prosper.”

The view that everything that happens is in line with a Divine wisdom is empowering and positive. This is because Allah’s wisdom does not contradict other aspects of His nature, such as His perfection and goodness. Therefore, evil and suffering are ultimately part of a Divine purpose. So something can be objectively evil due to certain variables or context, and at the same time it can be included with an ultimate Divine purpose that is good and wise. This evokes positive psychological responses from believers because all the evil and all the suffering that occur are for a Divine purpose.

Suffering of innocent people is temporary

Even if there is a lot of greater good to be actualised, one may observe that some people still suffer without experiencing any relief. This is why in Islam, Allah Ta’aala not only provides justifications for evil and suffering in this world but also recompenses them. At the end, all believers who suffered and were innocent will be granted eternal bliss, and all the suffering they had—even if they suffered all of their lives—will be forgotten forever.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:

“…the person who had suffered the most affliction in the world of those destined for Jannah will be brought forth and merely dipped into Paradise for a moment. Then he will be asked ‘O son of Adam, have you ever seen suffering? Have you ever experienced hardship in your life?’ He will reply ‘No my Lord, by God. I have never undergone suffering. I have never seen hardship.’”

Source: The Divine Reality