Is There Love in Islam?  Part 2

In part 1 of this article, someone asked me the following question: “Can the word for ‘love’ be found in the Qur'an, and how many times?” Of the 82 times, 18 of them are negative as in the case of "Allah does not love," and the other uses for the word love in the Qur’an do not even once command people to love as we understand love in the Bible.

We read in the Qur’an that Allah does not love the transgressor. Allah does not love the vandal, the vandals, or vandalization. Allah does not love the sinful infidel(s), the unjust, or the proud. Allah does not love when people speak of evil aloud.  In Qur’an 4:148 we read: Allah does not love when you speak of evil out loud, except to the one who was treated unjustly. And Allah was hearing, knowing. Now, if someone speaks of evil quietly or thinks of evil in his mind, will this be okay with Allah?

Allah also does not love the betrayers, any traitor infidel, the arrogant, or the arrogant boaster. These are the people in the Qur’an that Allah does not love.

In simple words, the Qur’an assures Muslim readers that Allah does not love sinners with these types of sins. Amazingly, the Qur’an does not say that Allah does not love liars, especially when we know that Mohammed encouraged Muslim believers to lie. From the hadith, Mohammed said that it is lawful to lie in three cases: a man to his wife that she will be pleased with him, with the enemy at the time of war for war is deception, or to make peace between Muslim believers.

We did not see in the Qur’an that Allah does not love killers. The opposite is true. In Qur’an 61:4, Allah loves those who engage in war: Surely Allah loves those who engage in war in ranks for his sake, as if they were a solid wall. In their interpretation, Muslim scholars assured Muslims that it is the best work a man could ever do for Allah. That is for a man to fight for the sake of Allah, and Allah loves those fighters more than anyone else. Muslim scholars also stated that Muslim believers hate to fight from horseback and prefer to fight on ground because Allah said that he loves the Muslims who fight in ranks for his sake. We can go on and on and list many of the types of sins which Allah does not mention that he hates.

What does the Bible say about God and sinful people? The Scripture clearly declares that all have sinned and that God loves the world, which is every sinful person. What a huge difference between Allah who hates sinners and God who loves sinners.

Another passage where we learn about Allah’s love is the love of Allah to the doers of good. For example, in Qur’an 2:195, Allah states: And spend for the sake of Allah and do not throw with your hands to the destruction and do good deeds. Surely Allah loves the doers of good.

What is this verse talking about? Is it about doing good deeds, or is it about killing? When we read the interpretation of this verse by Muslim scholars, we see that Allah is ordering Muslim believers to spend money on those who perform jihad, the killers of infidels. The doers of good deeds here are contributing money to Muslim jihadi killers. That is not doing good deeds as one would assume by just simply reading this verse.

Islam is the religion of "love and peace" except to anyone who is not a Muslim. We read in Qur'an 48:29: Mohammed is Allah’s messenger, and those who are with him are severe against the infidels but full of tenderness among themselves... 

One of the amazing statements we read in the Qur’an is that Allah does not love the rejoicing one as we read in Qur’an 28:76: … When his people said to him, “Do not rejoice, surely Allah does not love the rejoicing.” This is the opposite message of the Bible for we are taught in Paul’s letter to the Philippians in 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! We are to rejoice in all circumstances even if we are in prison as it was here in the case of Apostle Paul. This is also repeated in James 1:2:  My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.

Sometimes Mohammed used love in the Qur'an to manipulate his followers as in Qur'an 3:31-32: Say, "If you were loving Allah, so follow me. Allah will make you loved and forgive you of your sins. And Allah is forgiving, merciful." Say, "Obey Allah and the messenger." So if they turn away, so surely Allah does not love the infidels.

Notice, in the interpretation of Muslim scholars like Al Tabari, Allah is telling Mohammed that if people say that they love Allah that they will be tested by these two verses to show their love for Allah by their obedience to Mohammed if they follow Mohammed. If not, they will be tormented. Don't' forget, Allah surely does not love the infidels. So where can we find love in the Qur’an?

Obviously, the answer is nowhere. If we do find love in the Qur’an, that means we have an even bigger problem. That is the contradicted message in the Qur’an as stated in Qur’an 4:82: Do they not consider the Qur'an? If it was from other than Allah, they would have found in it many inconsistencies. There are plenty of verses that teach hate, but there are not any verses that teach love as we understand the love of God in the Bible and the love of Christians, not only to one another but even to their enemies, including Muslims.

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