What is the Islamic view of good and evil?


Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa was asked various questions. Huzooraa, in a letter dated 23 March 2020, gave the following reply to those questions:

“[…] The answer to your question about good and evil is as follows: What is the standard of good and evil? One thing may be bad for you but good for another. There are many examples of this in this world, but in the world of religion, the things that God has commanded to be performed are good and the things that God has forbidden are evil. In Islamic terminology, they are called al-awamir wa al-nawahi [commands and prohibitions]. A Muslim is expected to abide by these al-awamir wa al-nawahi, that is, to do what Allah and His Messengersa have commanded him to do, and to refrain from what Allah and His Messengersa forbade him to do. He will be dealt with according to such deeds.

“As far as the followers of other religions are concerned, Allah says that whoever has done any good deed from among them, Allah will never waste it. Hence, due to her giving water to a thirsty dog, Allah forgave a prostitute and admitted her to Paradise. This is because Allah the Exalted also possesses attributes based on mercy and has all the power to make use of them whenever He wishes […].”

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