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Why has god created evil? a Muslim response

Bakour Mohamad, Bachar (2017) Why has god created evil? a Muslim response. International Journal for Muslim World Studies (IJMWS), 15 (1). pp. 2-42. ISSN 1675-7777

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This article explores 'The problem of evil', or 'Theodicy' from an Islamic perspective. It aims to understand why evil exists, how God, the omniscient, the omnipotent and the perfectly good, allows the existence of evil and suffering in the world. This article, drawing heavily from major Muslim sources, attempts at clearing up the mystery of the matter by discussing various doctrines (the mercy and justice of God, the purpose of existence, this world vs. the hereafter, good vs. evil, necessary qualities of man, life is a trial, etc.). The article concludes that the main purpose of man’s creation is to undergo a life of test in a temporary world. This is on one hand. On the other hand, the present world is perceived as a very short episode in the long unfinished story of the entirety of life, an episode whose sole and exclusive hero is a free will man. Life is by nature imbued with numerous forms and ways of test and affliction. Further, evil-doers will be brought to divine justice which has committed itself to support the crushed and oppressed people, either in this life, or in the life to come.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 9022/72084
Uncontrolled Keywords: God created evil, Muslim response
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP166 Theology (Kalam) > BP166.2 Special doctrines
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Bachar Mohamad Bakour
Date Deposited: 23 May 2019 09:59
Last Modified: 23 May 2019 09:59
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/72084

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