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Assalam alaikum,

I am a Muslim and I believe that Allah is merciful and kind and he loves us 70 times more than our mothers.

2 days back, i read in newspaper that a saudi man raped, tortured and killed his 5 yr old daughter. She fought for her life for 6 months (ribs and skull were broken, nails removed) but died. 2-3 similar instances.

My question is, if allah loves us 70 times more than our mother then how can he let such things happen to infants/minor children. I am a sinner but he forgives me everytime so what wrong did these infants do to get this kind of punishment.

I know allah can never hurt an innocent person but what about the pain that little girl might have gone as she was living alone with her father with no one to help/rescue her.

How can allah let this happen to children who dont even know the meaning of sin?????I am very depressed after reading the incident..please answer my query....

I know i don't have any right to question allah's doings but i am reaaly confused...

May allah forgive all our sins and never ever let anything like this happen to any child of any religion....Ameen


asked 202 Zrlhh%20Zrlhh's gravatar image

Yeah I saw that story. Wasn't the guy about to walk free if there wasn't a social network backlash. Well it appears that Allah has no problem with innocents dying. Hell he has often killed them himself. Or ordered his prophets to kill children. In fact there is an honor killing in the koran. 18:74. Check it out.

(Oct 12 '13 at 20:23) abul rauf abul%20rauf's gravatar image

Allah does not love the transgressors, disbelievers and the evildoers. Allah loves those who do good, and He loves the pious, and He loves those who repent, and He loves those who purify themselves, and He loves those who are patient, and He loves those who put their trust in Him, and He loves those who are fair and just( Lets work to be like these people, brothers and sisters. May Allah make us of those whom He loves. Ameen

(Oct 13 '13 at 06:46) UmarAbdullah ♦ UmarAbdullah's gravatar image


Thank your for your question.

If you think that Allah will never allow an innocent person to be hurt, then this is not actually true. Have you thought:

  • About the baby daughters whom the pagan Arabs used to bury. What sin did they do?

  • About the Muslim scholars who suffer persecution, torture, etc..?

  • What about the persecution faced by the Sahabas?

  • About the pain, persecution, hunger, etc suffered by Allah's most beloved of creation - His Messenger Muhammad (Peace be upon him)??

Allah does not punish the innocent. But Allah may expose the innocent to pain, suffering, and difficulties. Why? Good question.

This question would need a long long answer. Ill just mention a few points:

  • The incident with the child was not to punish the child, but as a test for others. Remember the reason why we are living this present life is that it is a test for us.
  • Maybe it was a test for the father. Will he stop or continue? Maybe it was a test for someone who knew about this. Will they stop the father? Will they ignore. Maybe it is a test for YOU AND ME. Will we doubt Allah's wisdom in what He allows to happen. Or will we say we dont know while Allah knows. Maybe it is a test and a reminder for those who are suffering from other problems. Will this make them more grateful that they are in a better condition than this child? Maybe it is a test and a warning for those who do such crime. Will what happened to the father make them stop? Or will they continue? Maybe it is a test and a warning for those who might do such crime in the future. The example of the father being exposed should be a warning for them, but will they commit a crime despite this warning? Maybe it is a test for those who read this news. Will they harbour ill feelings towards all Saudis just because of what one did or will they be fair in judging their brothers. Etc, etc, etc.

  • This world is not Jannah (paradise). Bad things happen to good people. But this life is only temporary. Soon it will be over, where the righteous will be rewarded eternally in Paradise and the wrongdoers in hell

  • Allah created human beings who can do both good and evil. If human beings cant do evil, there would be no test!

  • Without evil, there would be no dawah (inviting people to Islam), no shahids (martyrs), no enjoining of good and forbidding evil.

  • There would be no reward for not avoiding evil (like temptations, alchohol, etc) because there would be no evil.

  • Sometimes, trials and tests bring out the best qualities in human beings. For example, it is only when tested with trials that you can be display patience, and generous, and restrain yourself from anger, etc.

  • Sometimes calamities remind us to turn back to Allah and stop the sins we are doing..

  • Sometimes they remind us of the blessings of Allah which we sometimes do not contemplate until the blessings we have is taken away from us.

  • Sometimes calamities are PUNISHMENTS to evil doers (but this as we said is not the only reason why bad things happen to good people)


Only Allah knows the complete wisdom why He allows such events as you and I mentioned to take place.

answered 40118 UmarAbdullah's gravatar image
edited Oct 12 '13 at 00:59

WalekumAssalam Umar,

Thank you so much for answering my question and I am really relieved.

I knew that Allah knows the best and we cannot question him but after reading the incident I got disturbed and said things which i was not supposed to say ( please Allah forgive me for that).

What you said is true that this incident might make other people grateful. I am going through a very difficult phase in my life and thought that I am the most unhappy person with so many problems in my life but after this and one more similar incident, I am really thankful to Allah as my problems are nothing in front of what other people are facing (May Allah help all those who are in need).

'Alla-humma innee thalamtu nafsee thulman kathee-ra wala yaghfiru thunouba ila anta, faghfirlee maghfiratan min 'indika, warr hamnee innaka antal Ghafoor-ur Raheem.'

(O Allah! I have wronged myself very much, and none can forgive sins, except You only. Grant me forgiveness, and have mercy upon me; indeed You are the Most Forgiving, Ever Merciful.)"

'Allah-humma, anta rabbi, laa ilaaha illaa Anta, 'alaika tawakkaltu wa anta rabbul 'arshil kareem maashaa Allahu kaana wa maLam yasha' lam yakun-wa laa hawla wa lla quwwata illaa bil-Laahil A'liyyil 'Atheem. A'lamu annallaaha 'alaa kulli shay in qadiyrun-wa annallaaha qad ahaata bikulli shay in ilmaa. Allah-humma inni a'uthu bika min sharri nafsiy wa min sharri kulli daabbatin ants aakhithum bi naasiyatihaa inna rabiy 'alaa siraatim mustaqiym.'

(Oh Allah, You are our Lord. There is nothing worthy of worship except You. We place all of our trust and reliance in You and You are the Lord of the Noble Throne. Whatever Allah wishes takes place, and whatever He does not desire, does not occur, and there is no power and no strength except in Allah, The Exalted, The Mighty. We know that Allah is Powerful over all things and that Allah has knowledge of all things. Oh Allah, We seek refuge in You from the evil of our nafs (self) and from the evil of every crawling creature. You are master over them. Verily, You are Lord of the Straight Path.)


answered 202 Zrlhh%20Zrlhh's gravatar image

Ameen. Alaah SWT is guiding those who seek to be guided. Salaam

(Oct 13 '13 at 07:11) stronghold ♦ stronghold's gravatar image

Beloved believers it has been reported that the Radul saws said, " The affairs of the believers is always good, if a blessing comes to him he says all praise be to Allah, and if misfortune befalls him he says all praise be to Allah, and then he patiently endrues." It is shirk to suggest that Allah is anything but Adl just. One cannot use his own qiyas opinions about matters that is outside of his scope. Prophet Musa AS found that out when he met al khidhr in sura al khaf. This questioning is nothing more than the waswas of the shaytan. Keep this in mind, it is reported in a hadith Qudsi that Allah said: when he created mercy he created it in to one hundred parts. One part He gave to the of creation the other 99 He kept for the believers. The mercy of this world is a fading thing, the mercy of the hereafter is forever. You insinuate that Allah is not merciful because someone whom you deem as innocent has returned to Allah as you shall, where they will not be wronged at all, where the mercy leads to paradise, and you think Allah is not just? I seek refuge in Allah from that. Make tauba. Salaam

answered 8331145 yaqin's gravatar image

@UmarAbdullah has provided an excellent answer which is to be commended, for it is a difficult question to address.

The suffering of the innocents IS always heartbreaking.

The anger and revolt towards the perpetrator IS always immense.

Now let me point out another important insight which we need to gain from tragic cases such as this one:

If the suffering of this innocent child is so horrific and so heartbreaking and deflating to the point where we must put our own thoughts in ‘check’ mode just to be able to mentally relieve ourselves of the overwhelming revolt felt towards the criminal and the extreme sadness felt for the helpless victim, then try to imagine:

  1. How much suffering this evil human being will face when he is dwelling in the pits of Jahannah. Imagine the torture he inflicted on an innocent and then imagine what is waiting for him.

This should make anyone who thinks of Hell indifferently give it a second thought for no one in their intelligent mind would want to be there.

  1. How much goodness the innocent will receive from Alaah SWT. We don’t know exactly which level of Jannah the child will attain but as the child is absolutely pure and free of any sins, you can imagine the mercy and the reward from Alaah SWT.

It is overwhelmingly difficult to come to terms when hearing about such crimes but the evil in some people is there and Alaah SWT is aware of all that goes on. Salaam

answered 5287 stronghold's gravatar image

When you get hurt, Allah (SWT) takes a sin away from you. Remember, this whole life is a test before the afterlife where all of us will insh'Allah meet in Jannah with our beloved Prophet (SAW). Just pray to Allah (SWT) and be a good Muslim.

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