A Muslim with shaken belief? Advice...
Again very silly question (from the atheist). This is very weak instead of blaming for the sins on our part we blame Allah. This is like saying teacher I have already failed since you told me I was,not working hard enough for the exam. Seriously, the blame game has to stop. We are responsible for our own actions no one told him to be the atheist in the first place but he chose what was "better" for him in his own perspective.
Now addressing the "sense" in the question posed by the atheist is very easy.
Pedophiles: because people chose to be pedophiles
Rape: because people choose to rape. They aren't obliged to rape.
Slavery: because people endorse slavery themselves. They aren't obliged to make them slaves but in fact better to set them free.
Starving children: because the government chose not be responsible for providing food and shelter. And where is the aid by foreign countries going?
Crusades: because Christians chose to crusade; they don't have to do it there are peaceful options.
1.Natural disasters are punishment of Allah for those people who are either disbelievers or cross His limits
2.Natural disasters are warning for those who are sinners
3.Natural disasters are test for those who are believers.
When sins like those you have mentioned happens then punishment is waiting of them. And when disaster befalls then they question "why Allah is unjust?" which pure ignorance.
All the points I mentioned the common word is "chose" because they chose the devil guidance, and Allah's wrath.
Here is the reason menioned:
Q1. To the atheist if he believes there is no Allah then there is no point in having death. And if there is no Allah (for argument sake) then death is end i.e. nothing after it. This implies that there is no point of him existing in the first place.
Q2. What was he before the sperm and egg even fused? He was nothing, not even a thing worth mentioning (neither his parents knew him not). This is in the Quran: Has there not been over man a period of time, when he was nothing to be mentioned?[76:1]
Q3. I have posted diagrams in this discussion (http://islam.com/questions/33793/why-did-allah-make-me-iblis) to make it easy for you. Make him reason himself.
Therefore by logic there are 2 deaths and 2 lives. If only they recognized Allah they will become greatest supporters of Islam from the staunches enemies.
There is cruelty in this world mainly because when The evil shaytan or devil had disobeyed his creator Allah, the shaytan had told god he would try hard to make all human beings or children of Adam that he would make them sway to the evil side. Allah is no wishing star that people ask for to make things all better. Allah takes and gives, Allah gives tests that leads to punishments or rewards. Allah is the greatest. There is natural disasters from punishments to the people for their disobeying, like for example, in the Quran there was a city in the Middle East where prophet Lut peace be upon him had been trying to give the true message of islam. The land was full of evil people, murder, homosexuals, rape, greediness all evil things of today. Allah made a natural disaster to punish all of them, they're considered miracles brother. Allah brings the child disease to test the family, to give them rewards in the afterlife or punishments in hell, for example a man and women their son was born with a disability and the parents don't take care of them, this was AtleSt to them and Allah will punish them, if they're good to him, they'll be rewarded if not in this life the next. There is also life itself, Allah controls it there can be genetic problems and natural problems all on the will of Allah, you can either love and live with it or hate and leave it to go to hell. Allah is truly the greatest. I hope your friend is brought back to islam.
One who has a rational approach can not think that way your Freind is thinking.