Does Allah love the non Muslims

15 Oct 2018 Ref-No#: 1103

Assalamu Alaikum,

Does Allah love Non Muslim husband and wife who are disbelievers who worship idols and do not worship Allah.

Please reply

Answer

Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

Allah Ta’ala loves every creation of His, and hence we see that He continues to shower his mercy upon those who believe in Him, and upon those who reject Him.

Even if a person continuously disbelieves in Allah, Allah does not snatch away any bounty of his. Allah does not take away his eyesight,  hearing, or any of his body limb. Allah still allows him to breathe, and Allah still provides for him. So many disbelievers are still living comfortably in this world inspite of disobeying and displeasing Allah. Allah does not punishing them at once, but He is waiting for them to come back to Him.

Love is just a word and has to be translated in action; which is mercy. The fact that Allah is showing mercy on disbelievers is enough to prove that Allah loves them too.

In short, Allah loves us more than our parents love us. Al-Wadud (The Loving) is one of Allah’s names as He said about Himself,

 إِنَّ رَبِّي رَحِيمٌ وَدُودٌ (90)

“And   verily my Lord is the most merciful and most Loving” (Surah Hud, 90)

Yes, Allah does not like the act of disbelief. Allah says,

وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ كَفَّارٍ أَثِيمٍ (276)

“And verily Allah does not love any person who engages in disbelief or sin.” (Surah al-Baqarah, 276)

قُلْ أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ ۖ فَإِن تَوَلَّوْا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْكَافِرِينَ (32)

“Say [O Muhammad]: If you love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your faults, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. Say: Obey Allah and the Apostle; but if they turn back, then surely Allah does not love the unbelievers.” (Surah Aal ‘Imraan, 32)

The explanation of these and similair verses is like a parent who tells his child that I do not like when you speak a lie to me. The parent specifies the action which displeases him. If the child lies thereafter, the parent will still love the child, but hate that action of lying. If the parent tells the child that whatever you do, I’ll love you, then for sure the children would be misguided.

In the same way, Allah cannot say that He loves every creation, irrespective of what they do. Rather, Allah loves every person like how a parent loves every child. So as long as a person disbeliefs, Allah dislikes him because of his disbelief. As soon as he repents and begins to believe in Allah, Allah will love him.

That is why Allah says that He honoured and preferred ALL humans, and not only Muslims:

وَلَقَدْ كَرَّمْنَا بَنِي آدَمَ وَحَمَلْنَاهُمْ فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ وَرَزَقْنَاهُم مِّنَ الطَّيِّبَاتِ وَفَضَّلْنَاهُمْ عَلَىٰ كَثِيرٍ مِّمَّنْ خَلَقْنَا تَفْضِيلًا (70)

“And We have certainly honored the children of Adam and carried them on the land and sea and provided for them of the good things and preferred them over much of what We have created, with [definite] preference.” (Surah al-Isra, 70)

To summarise all the above, Allah hates the sin, and not the sinner.