NOTICE: This article is a reproduction from Submitters Perspective No 62, February 1990.
This is a common question posed by atheists, as well as multitudes of people who confess belief in God: “If God is just and merciful, why does he afflict innocent children?” Obviously, these people do not understand that Satan is solely responsible for such calamities; they reflect Satan’s incompetence as a designated temporary ruler of this world. Satan is trying very hard to make his kingdom, this world, perfect, but he just can’t do it. And this is the whole idea. His ancient claim that he can be an independent “god” is exposed as a lie. God never inflicts an atom’s weight of injustice (4:40).
To comprehend the role of deformed, retarded, and/or children who starve to death, we must go back in history all the way to “The Great Feud in the Heavenly Society” (38:69). Billions of years ago, there was God and His creatures. Death had not yet been created (67:2), and everything was just perfect. Then, one creature became infatuated with his God-given powers and entertained the thought that he can run a dominion as an independent “god.” This triggered varied opinions among God’s creatures. As illustrated in Figure 1, the vast vast majority of God’s creatures knew that Satan’s supercillious thought was blasphemous, that it was due to arrogance, ego, and ignorance.
The creatures who disagreed with Satan and upheld God’s absolute authority became classified as “angels”. Their number is so huge, only God knows their number. Even the angels do not know how many of them there are (see Figure 1).
Figure 1: The white area represents the creatures who disagreed with Satan (angels). The shaded area represents the creatures who agreed with Satan.
Figure 2: The grey area represents the creatures who denounced their crime and submitted (animals, children). The black area: the stubborn criminals.
(NOTICE: These illustrations are abstracts, not literal measurements, it is to help us understand the point being made, in reality, the disbelievers are so few they would barely make up one grain of sand on all the beaches combined).
THE MOST MERCIFUL
The angels suggested that the rebels (Satan and those who agreed with him) should be exiled from God’s kingdom, i.e., thrown in Hell. But the Most Merciful told the angels, “I know what you do not know” (2:30). God willed that all the rebels should be given a chance to re-consider their blasphemy and repent. God knew that some of the rebels were possibly swept in the crowd, and deserved another chance. We see this second chance in 33:72. Thus, those who refused to repent and submit to God’s absolute authority are the worst criminals.
THE SUN, THE MOON, THE STARS, THE TREES, THE ANIMALS, & THE CHILDREN
If you look up 55:6, you will see that “The stars and the trees prostrate.”
When Almighty God, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful offered the criminals a second chance, the vast majority of them agreed to repent. In return for agreeing to come to this world in a submissive function, they are redeemed back to God’s kingdom.
When you and I were asked to repent, kill our egos, and come to this world as horses, or dogs, or deformed children, we refused. That was a stupid mistake on the part of most humans (33:72). Thus, the afflicted children are luckier than millions of “physically perfect” humans. They perform the function of testing and/or punishing their parents, then go on to Heaven.
(Message from Ahmad Wehbe)
Peace be upon you,
Please note the notion “Satan is trying very hard to make his kingdom, this world, perfect” requires an explanation because many Submitters are claiming this world belongs to Satan, which is incorrect.
This Earth was made to ALLOW Satan to be tested. But the Earth itself still belongs to God. The Earth was made equally for us humans as well, to be tested. So in no way does the Earth belong to Satan.
This Earth belongs to God. And rightfully the property of the righteous! But Satan is allowed to roam freely to promote his polytheist ideology and recruit the wicked. This is the extent of Satan’s “kingship” and “godhood”.
There is a psychological trick being played by Satan by promoting the concept that the Earth belongs to him. It reduces the confidence and power of the righteous. However, when the righteous understand the truth, that this Earth belongs to them, their confidence will skyrocket, which is a threat to Satan and his devils.
So please, if someone says this Earth belongs to Satan, please correct them and teach them that it belongs to God and God’s righteous workers!
The fact that Satan and his devils possess so much power on Earth doesn’t mean the Earth belongs to Satan, it simply means the righteous are weak. Which should make all believers feel embarrassed!
Thank you and GOD bless.