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Does God have human needs and wants ?

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brian464:

--- Quote from: AhmadFarooq on February 28, 2016, 01:00:15 PM ---If "need" is defined as something the absence of which decreases a person in some way, then God does not have a "need" for anything.

God likes people who worship Him and dislikes those who don't, possibly because such persons are going to face harsh penalties for such actions, but there is no reason or evidence to attribute this as a "need" by God.

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brian464:

--- Quote from: AhmadFarooq on February 28, 2016, 12:25:18 PM ---
 He can like one thing and dislike another

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If God truly had the human emotion of "like" or "dislike", do you think He would have created hurricanes, earthquakes, natural disasters etc

AhmadFarooq:
The following is from my own understanding and knowledge which could be faulty.

I don't think I understand the question, what has God's like/dislike to do with natural disasters?

Muslims believe that natural disasters are either expiation for a people's sins or a test for them.

Also, it would be somewhat erroneous to relate some aspect of God with any feature of humans. Just like when God says something like, He sees everything, it shouldn't be taken to mean that He has eyes because such particular explicit knowledge is not provided in Islamic scripture. Similarly, God's likes/dislikes should not be related with the way we understand it for humans. It might be very similar, or it could be very different, we cannot say with certainty.

Regards,

brian464:

--- Quote from: AhmadFarooq on February 28, 2016, 04:22:49 PM ---

I don't think I understand the question, what has God's like/dislike to do with natural disasters?



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You believe that natural disasters is due to human sin ?

AhmadFarooq:
The following is from my own understanding and knowledge which could be faulty.

Natural disasters are because of God's will, or to put it in different words, they are included in the natural system of the world that God has created.

According to Islamic doctrine, from a spiritual point of view, they serve as either expiation of a people's sins (so that they don't have to pay for these sins in the afterlife) OR a test for them (passing which will increase their rewards in the afterlife).

As far as I know, the Prophet never taught that all the natural disasters are because of human sins (some can be, but definitely not necessarily); this particular interpretation can be regarded as an innovation in Islam.

A particular event from the life of the Prophet is somewhat relevant here: After the death of one of Prophet Muhammad's sons, their was an eclipse; people started saying that the eclipse is because of the son's death, but the Prophet corrected them and told them that such things are natural phenomena and they don't occur on the death of any person.

Regards,

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