Why Does Allah Allow Suffering?


Have you ever asked Allah, “Why me?” or “When will this hardship end?”?

Life is not always a bed of roses, at times we experience pain and endure hardships. Suffering is part of life. A loss of a loved one, natural disasters, conflicts, illnesses. It is hard for a person going through pain and it can also be painful watching someone you love suffer when there is nothing you can do to stop it. Allah wills it to whomever He wants. Yet, Muslims believe that Allah is All Merciful and Gracious. Couldn’t He then stop the suffering and the pain?

In this seminar, we aim to resolve this conflict, why does Allah allow hardships and suffering to happen. How does Allah’s mercy apply when there are so many atrocities occurring throughout the world? What are examples from the past of Allah’s relief on a person after being inflicted with pain and suffering? Lastly, we also hope to resolve the misconceptions of ridha (contentment with Allah’s decree) when facing tribulations. Is ridha being passive and accepting while not putting any efforts to find relief? Is sharing our plight to someone considered as not having ridha?

Topic 1 (Basic-Intermediate Level) : “Even the Prophets: Embracing a Life of Test”

Time: 9.30am - 10.30am
Venue: Level 3, Summit 01, Suntec Singapore Convention

Speaker: Ustaz Fathurrahman Dawoed, Singapore Fatwa Committee Member

· Describe the greatest tests faced by Ulul ‘Azmi (The Arch-Prophets)

· Explain the ways to maintain patience & perseverance

· Discuss ways to inculcate the value of ‘Ridha’ when faced with adversity

Topic 2 (Basic): “Between Ridha and Seeking Help: Correcting the Misconception”

Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
Venue: Level 3, Summit 01, Suntec Singapore Convention

Speaker: Puan Hamidah Bahashwan, Club Heal Senior Counsellor

· Address the misunderstanding that seeking help is a form of not being patient and not being in the state of ridha

· Share ways of coping and managing distress

· Share available help & resources

· Supporting others going through hardship

Topic 3 (Basic Level): “Harnessing the Power of Sabr and Dua`

Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Venue: Level 3, Summit 01, Suntec Singapore Convention

Speaker: Ustazah Nurul 'Izzah Khamsani, Dakwah Officer, Jamiyah Ar-Rabitah Mosque

· Analyse the verse “… seek help through having patience and prayers” (Al Baqarah:45)

· Sharing of regular dua’ from the Sunnah when afflicted with hardships

· Efforts to relief from hardship

Topic 4 (Advanced Level): “Did God Create Evil?: The Notion of Evil in Islam’s Perspective”

Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Venue: Level 3, Summit 02, Suntec Singapore Convention

Speaker: Ustaz Fathurranman Dawoed, Singapore Fatwa Committee Member

· Explore the notion of evil as defined in the holy texts (Quranic verses & hadith)

· Analyse the notion of Allah’s mercy and omnipotence

· Resolving the conflict of suffering in the world and Allah’s Mercy and Omnipotence

  • The event description was updated. Diff#368927 2018-09-10 06:39:37
Sat Oct 13, 2018
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM SGT
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