Who qualifies for the love of Allah? “…God loves those who do good” (Surat Al Baqara, 2:195) ” “…God loves those who repent to Him, and He loves those who keep themselves clean” (Surat Al-Baqara, 2:222) ” “…God loves those are mindful of Him” (Surat Aal-Imran, 3:76) “…God loves those who are steadfast” (Surat Aal-Imran, 3:146) “…God loves those who put their trust in Him” (Surat Aal-Imran, 3:159) “…God loves the just” (Surat Al-Maida, 5:42).
As Muslims tend to see all men in their ideal condition as slaves of Allah who have no will of their own it seems somewhat incongruous for Allah to love his slaves or to have any personal feelings of affection for them. Why should a slaveholder love his slaves? If they do not perform to the set standard he simply punishes them until they do. The muslim has no personal relationship to God because he does not need to know anything about him except his laws. Allah sent his angel Gabriel to reveal the Koran. That was the last time that he spoke to this world. Since then each muslim knows the things that he must do or avoid doing in order to avoid punishment. So we seem to have a revelation of Allah that springs from the natural desire of men to be loved but contradicts the concept of Allah as lawgiver and slaveholder.
Love is not an attribute of Allah as it is for Jehovah. In the Koran it nowhere says that Allah is love, as the Bible says in the epistle of John, “God is love”, 1 John 4 v 8. It is not essential to Allah’s being. For Allah love is a response on his part to the obedience of man to his law. It is conditional on the behaviour of men. If men have obeyed Allah will reward men with love.
We all want to be loved don’t we? Even the macho man deep down in his heart of hearts wants to be loved by someone. If nobody loves you what have you got to live for? If we are not special and unique to someone else, even if it’s only a few or just one other person, do we have any value as human beings? If you believe in God you want to be loved by him. But in this life we will never hear his voice tell us that he loves us. So how can we be sure that God loves us? The Muslim knows that Allah hates the kuffar. If Allah commands the faithful to fight against the kuffar it is not because he loves them. If he commands the faithful to slay the kuffar wherever they find them this is not proof of his love for the kuffar. So the kuffar can never be loved by Allah. What about the faithful? Can they be sure that Allah loves them? You might think so but you would be wrong. If we look at the quotations above we see that even the Muslim cannot be loved by Allah unless certain conditions are fulfilled. Allah does not part with his love so easily. He only gives his love to those who have earned it. How can any Muslim know that he has complied with all the necessary conditions? How can Allah send this information? Can he speak to the faithful in any way to tell them that they have qualified for his love? Poor Allah. He may want to tell someone that they have earned his love but he can not find a way to do it. Well, these are a few of Allah’s communication problems. Thankfully we Christians don’t believe in a God whose love we can not be sure of. Jehovah adopts us as his children to be in a natural relationship of love to Him. We are not legally his slaves so it is natural for him to love us as his children. Islam leaves us as slaves without the legal right to be loved as God’s children. So what is the love of Allah worth when at any moment it can be lost because we are only his slaves?
John 3 v 16 : “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”