Muhammad: When bad things happen to good people, maintain trust in God

Source: By Qasim Rashid

A student is consoled after he placed flowers on a memorial at the entrance to Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 18, 2012. (REUTERS)

A student is consoled after he placed flowers on a memorial at the entrance to Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 18, 2012. (REUTERS)

As we prepare to lay 26 souls to rest in Newtown, Conn., countless are left behind, alone. As long as good people have existed, bad things have happened to them. And as long as religion has existed, believers and non-believers alike rightfully ask, “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?”

Islam’s answer to the question of suffering does not serve to “justify” or mitigate the pain associated with the horror of losing a child. Nor does it serve to apply blame to any person, entity, or worldview. Rather, it provides a perspective that directly answers—why do bad things happen to good people?

But what is God’s role in this?

First, suffering is not some experience that exists on its own. Rather, it is intimately intertwined with our growth as a species—with the experiences we call pleasure. Recognition of suffering delineates between good and bad, pleasure and pain. As the old saying goes, necessity is the mother of innovation.

That is, the greater degree of self-awareness we achieve, the greater degree of loss and gain we recognize. …. Read More:
Muhammad: When bad things happen to good people, maintain trust in God.

Qasim Rashid is a national spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. Follow him on Twitter @MuslimIQ .

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