6. Thinking of God’s Righteousness

Any person with a darker complexion believing that would certainly be terrified at this prospect.


Al-Baqawi explains the principle that led to such doctrine:

“Not only can He (Allah) do anything, He actually is the only one who does anything. When a man writes, it is Allah who has created in his mind the will to write. Allah at the same time gives the power to write, then brings about the motion of the hand and the pen and the appearance upon paper. All other things are passive, Allah alone is active.”


Where does the love of God fit in here – and His mercy and grace, on which we all depend? I reflect again on our imperfection and lack of purity. If you take the trouble to analyse this in the Qur’an, you will find that Allah only loves the righteous and good. And what about us, who did wrong, who trespassed God’s commands? What al-Ghazzali (I don’t need to introduce him to you) once wrote is frightening, isn’t it?


“Love is to sense a need of the beloved, and since Allah cannot be said to have a need or an experience of a need, it is therefore impossible that Allah should love.”


Such a view of God is contrary to the Bible. One can accommodate the core statement about God in Islam is Allahu akbar, and that of the Bible, that God is Love. True, He is holy and righteous in His judgements. We do realise that this aspect by itself is severely threatening to us, because we are unrighteous. But God’s righteousness is bonded with His mercy and love. Have a look what the Bible says about that:


About God’s majesty: