How does belief in Allah’s Lordship help us stay firm on the deen of Islam?
Belief in God or belief in Allah is to believe that Allah alone is the Lord of this world, the Lord of all that takes place. He controls, He sustains, He maintains. These attributes are His, whatever takes place in this world is by His permission, nothing takes place without His permission; whether good or evil, it is by Allah’s permission. Very important, basic concept related to belief in Allah, because this aspect of the belief in Allah is what keeps faith firm. One, who doesn’t have this aspect of belief in Allah clear, easily falls into disbelief whenever calamities occur in their lives, which they cannot explain.
This is common when you sit and you talk to most people who are atheists, “why did you become an atheist, your parents weren’t?" They will tell you something happened in their life, which showed them there couldn’t be a God. What could possibly happen? Calamity. Calamity to those who they felt shouldn’t happen to. They will tell you, “my aunt, she was a wonderful woman, always doing good for everybody around her, then one day she was just walking along the street and a bus came and just killed her. Why? She was a good person, there are other people around who are evil, my uncles, other relatives, evil, but they lived comfortable lives, they didn’t suffer what she suffered. How could there be a God? Where is the justice here?” So a person falls into disbelief because of it.
I remember years ago when there was an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in England and they had this picture of a little girl who had a placard in front of her and she had some places which were circled and she said, arrows pointing to it, saying “these are my tears”, her tears, and she had a question. She was standing there with this placard, her parents were standing behind, she was asking, “God, why did you take my calf?” They were killing because of foot and mouth disease or it was another mad cow disease which had spread, they were killing the animals, left and right, to stop them, to stop this disease from spreading. So she had a calf. She was living on a farm, calf was born, and she became attached to it from it’s very small and it grows up with her, she’s so attached to it and then they came, took it away and killed it. Something very dear, touching, that she had this relationship with, was killed, so she’s asking, “God, why did you take away my calf? What was his sin? What did he do? I loved him so dearly.” Parents had no answer, just standing behind. That is the beginning of disbelief. Not being able to understand that whatever happens in this life which Allah permits, is for good, even if we can’t see the good in it. Whatever happens in this life, in our lives, in the lives of those around us, is for good, even if we cannot see the good in it.
Many times we can see the good and we say “Oh! Masha’ Allah, that thing which happened that I was upset about; I see some good came from it. So I say "Ah! Alhamdulillah, it was a good thing after all.” This happens all the time, but there are times when things happen where we can’t see the good in it and this is the time when our faith is tested and that is part of belief in Allah, to believe that whatever takes place in this world is ultimately for good.
Satan, people ask, “why did God create Satan? Didn’t He know before He created him that Satan would refuse to bow, and would tempt Adam and Eve to disobey Allah and eat from the tree?” What can you say? If you say no, then you say Allah doesn’t know all things, of course He knew, so why then would Allah create this being who would become evil, He didn’t create him evil, he would become evil and cause evil, knowing that this is going to take place, why would He do that? Because from Satan’s evil came great good. What was the great good? The great good was that when Adam and Eve ate from the tree in disobedience to God and they recognized their sin and they turned back to Allah, based on the words of repentance, which Allah told them, that repentance was one of the greatest acts of worship that we as human beings can do. Turning back to Allah in repentance is among the greatest acts of worship that we can do. The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said,
“One who repents from sin is like one without sin.”
I ask Allah to forgive myself and yourselves, to cause our hearts to turn back to You, O Allah, in repentance as only You can forgive our sins.
 [Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 4250; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.]< Back to Questions