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Zul-Hijjah 1420

Volume 17 No 3

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of the International Community of Submitters Published by Masjid Tucson


Is it unconditional?

…God loves the righteous (3:76)
…He does not love the disbelievers (30:45)

During existence, one usually harbors feelings of love towards someone or something. “Love” describes feelings of fondness, deep affection, high preference and/or enjoyment. One can love anything or anyone.

Sometimes love is a virtue. For example, a love for exercise or knowledge tends to benefit a person. Sometimes love is harmful. A love for drugs or crime may be destructive. Reasons for love are obvious. Someone loves whatever supports his/her cause. Realistically, people do not love that which contradicts their own interests. One must remember the definition of love (fondness, preference) to accept these facts. So if a person’s objective is to stay healthy, he/she does not love to smoke. If a person’s objective is to

have “fun,” he/she loves to hangout and play.

Our Creator is also One who loves. A prevalent myth throughout the world is that the god of Islam (Submission) is not a loving god. This idea has no basis in truth. First, the concept of a “god of Islam” is wrong, as God of Islam (Submission) is the same God of all the human beings, whether they call themselves Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists...etc. Second, since the Quran is the only scripture upheld by true Islam (Submission), and is considered the true word of God, we can look to the Quran to see whether God (of Islam and all other religions) is a loving god or not.

According to the Holy Quran, the love of God is expressed and emphasized many times over,

throughout the book. God loves: the charitable (2:195); the righteous (3:76); the steadfast (3:146); the good doers (3:148); those who trust him (3:159); the benevolent (5:13); those who purify themselves (9:108); the equitable (5:42); the just (49:9); those who are clean (2:222); and those who fight in His cause (61:4).

These values earn God’s love because they support His cause; guarantee a peaceful, loving and responsible community of believers who encourage each other to be righteous, care for the poor, the relative, the orphans, the neighbors, the traveling aliens and each other.

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