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Muslim and Jewish Views

Why Do Pious People Suffer?

For many people, especially in today's world, it is very hard to reconcile the personal, sometimes seemingly intolerable, suffering of admirable and pious people with Divine justice and love. Believers of all religions face this challenge. There are many answers offered from karma to reincarnatio...
| Allen S. Maller | Issue 141 (May - Jun 2021)

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Why Do Pious People Suffer?

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  • Do men think that they will be left alone on saying ‘We believe’ and that they will not be tested?
  • God never puts any burden on a soul that is beyond its ability to bear.
  • To love another person is to expose your heart to heartache. If it is worthwhile to love another human, how much more so is it desirable to love God who desires our love.

For many people, especially in today's world, it is very hard to reconcile the personal, sometimes seemingly intolerable, suffering of admirable and pious people with Divine justice and love. Believers of all religions face this challenge. There are many answers offered from karma to reincarnation. 

Muslims and Jews have traditionally given the same answers with some variation. This is to be expected since both Jews and Muslims share the same belief in God's oneness, goodness, and justice; and both Jews and Muslims reject the doctrines of “bad luck,” inheriting sins from previous lives, or one being guilty for the “original sin.” 


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