In the name of Allāh,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Peace and Blessings of Allāh on Mohammad.
Allāh–the Glorious and the High,
Lord of the worlds
Mohammad–who brought the world
to our feet and eternity to our arms.
ALLĀH DEVOID OF LOVE
Nonie Darwish states in her book Cruel And Usual Punishment: “While concentrating on jihad and submission, the concepts of love, trust and compassion were neglected. The word love is never mentioned, not even once, in the Qur’an.” (p. 196).
Response: Jihad, which also comprises of hating injustice, and speaking out and writing against injustice, are motivated by love and compassion for the victims of injustice. Allāh tells at the beginning of every chapter of His Qur’an (except the ninth) that He is Rahman and Raheem –The Beneficent and The Merciful. Muhammad Ali explained these two attributes of Allāh, God:
“Rahman and Rahim are both derived from rahmat, signifying tenderness requiring the exercise of beneficence (R), and thus comprising the ideas of love and mercy. Al-Rahman and al-Rahim are both active participle nouns of different measures denoting intensiveness of significan-ce, the former being of the measure of fa‘lan and indicating the greatest preponderance of the quality of mer-cy, and the latter being of the measure of fa‘il and being expressive of a constant repetition and manifestation of the attribute (AH). The Prophet is reported to have said: “Al-Rahman is the Beneficent God Whose love and mer-cy are manifested in the creation of this world, and al-Rahim is the Merciful God Whose love and mercy are manifested in the state that comes after” (AH), i.e. in the consequences of the deeds of men. Thus the former is expressive of the utmost degree of love and generosity, the latter of unbounded and constant favour and mercy. Lexicologists agree in holding that the former includes both the believer and the unbeliever for its objects, while the latter relates specially to the believer (LL). Hence I render al-Rahman as meaning the Beneficent, because the idea of doing good is predominant in it, though I must admit that the English language lacks an equivalent of al-Rahman.”
The most profound expression of “love, trust, and compassion” as expressed by Allāh in His Qur’an (39:53) is not to be met with in any other Book that claims to be from God: “Say, O My servants who have sinned against their souls, despair not of the mercy of Allāh; surely Allāh forgives all sins. Verily, He is Most Forgiving, Ever Merciful.” Imagine the expanse of love and mercy and compassion of Allāh Who needs nothing from us to implore us in such loving compassionate terms to forgive us our sins. And without need for some “satisfaction.”
Contrastingly, the Christians cannot fathom such a gracious God Who could forgive sins without need for some “satisfaction.” That is why they make His Holy Majesty complicit in murder and have Him sent Jesus as “scapegoat” to be killed for their sins (though some Christians say it is for inherited sin and some say it is for committed sin; and not even honest human leaders kill the innocent for the guilty).
Yet the Bible said “God is gracious and merciful” and that He desires “mercy and NOT sacrifice”–(Ex. 34:6; Hosea 6:6). (Christians are following Paul and his pagan son of God into Hell).
Regarding Nonie Darwish’s claim that “The word love is never mentioned, not even once, in the Qur’an.” Wonder which Qur’an this woman was reading; must have been the “fake” one that the haters of Islam/Truth are said to have printed: “A FAKE AMERICAN QUR-AAN” having “over 366 pages and is in both the Arabic and English languages…is being distributed to our children in Kuwait in the private English schools!” See Christians-Internet.
The following is a listing of Allāh’s “Love” (and even of Allah’s “Love NOT”) that you (Ms. Darwish and others) can ascertain for yourself. If you need, Muhammad Ali’s translation of the Qur’an can be viewed and perhaps even downloaded online: www.muslim.org.
-Allāh bestows Love on the righteous; 19:96;
-Allah cast Love over Moses, 20:39;
-Allāh is full of Loving-kindness; 85:14;
-Allāh is Merciful, Loving-kind; 11:90;
-Allāh Loves; 2:195, 222; 3:76, 134, 146, 148, 159; 5:14, 45, 96; 9:4,7, 108; 49:10; 60:8: 61:4;
-Allāh Loves those who fight in His cause, 61:4;
-Allah puts Love and mercy between men and women, 30:21;
-If you do Love Allah, follow me, Allah will Love you/forgive your sins, 3:31;
-It may be that Allah may grant Love between you and your enemies, 60:7;
-Allāh Loves NOT; 2:190, 205, 276; 3:32, 57, 140; 4:36-42, 107, 148; 5:67, 90; 6:141; 7:31, 55; 8:58; 16:23; 22:38; 30:45; 31:18; 42:40; 57:23-24; the arrogant/boastful/niggardly–(4:36); the treacherous/ sinful–(4:107).