Bismillah Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh

Alhamdulillah I had a conversation with a woman who told me that she knows for sure that God loves her. So I asked her what makes her different from the other people who may be murderers, robbers, or the worst of mankind? As certainly Allah takes care of everything that he created. In addition to this how are you so sure that you will not be punished for your actions in this life? I explained that as a Muslim we live between hope and fear. Hoping that Allah the almighty will forgive us and be merciful to us, but fearing that we might fall short in what he has commanded us to do.

May Allah have mercy upon me and all of you, forgive us, and aid us with being pleasing to him, allahumma aameen. I mentioned this to remind myself and those who read this that we should not be disillusioned with this statement of old “I know God loves me”.

Allah says,

Al-Ma’idah 5:18

وَقَالَتِ ٱلْيَهُودُ وَٱلنَّصَٰرَىٰ نَحْنُ أَبْنَٰٓؤُا۟ ٱللَّهِ وَأَحِبَّٰٓؤُهُۥۚ قُلْ فَلِمَ يُعَذِّبُكُم بِذُنُوبِكُمۖ بَلْ أَنتُم بَشَرٌ مِّمَّنْ خَلَقَۚ يَغْفِرُ لِمَن يَشَآءُ وَيُعَذِّبُ مَن يَشَآءُۚ وَلِلَّهِ مُلْكُ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَاۖ وَإِلَيْهِ ٱلْمَصِيرُ

And (both) the Jews and the Christians say: “We are the children of Allah and His loved ones.” Say: “Why then does He punish you for your sins?” Nay, you are but human beings, of those He has created, He forgives whom He wills and He punishes whom He wills. And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, and to Him is the return (of all).

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Al-Ma’idah 5:18
Arabic
وَقَالَتِ ٱلۡيَهُودُ وَٱلنَّصَٰرَىٰ نَحۡنُ أَبۡنَٰٓؤُاْ ٱللَّهِ وَأَحِبَّٰٓؤُهُۥۚ قُلۡ فَلِمَ يُعَذِّبُكُم بِذُنُوبِكُمۖ بَلۡ أَنتُم بَشَرٌ مِّمَّنۡ خَلَقَۚ يَغۡفِرُ لِمَن يَشَآءُ وَيُعَذِّبُ مَن يَشَآءُۚ وَلِلَّهِ مُلۡكُ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضِ وَمَا بَيۡنَهُمَاۖ وَإِلَيۡهِ ٱلۡمَصِيرُ

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English – Mohsin Khan/Taqi-ud-Din al-Hilali
And (both) the Jews and the Christians say: “We are the children of Allah and His loved ones.” Say: “Why then does He punish you for your sins?” Nay, you are but human beings, of those He has created, He forgives whom He wills and He punishes whom He wills. And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, and to Him is the return (of all).

English – Tafsir ibn kathir
وَقَالَتِ الْيَهُودُ وَالنَّصَارَى نَحْنُ أَبْنَاء اللّهِ وَأَحِبَّاوُهُ

And the Jews and the Christians say, “We are the children of Allah and His loved ones.”

They claim:”We are the followers of Allah’s Prophets, who are His children, whom He takes care of. He also loves us.”

The People of the Book claim in their Book that Allah said to His servant Israil, “You are my firstborn.”

But they explained this statement in an improper manner and altered its meaning. Some of the People of the Book who later became Muslims refuted this false statement saying, “This statement only indicates honor and respect, as is common in their speech at that time.”

The Christians claim that `Isa said to them, “I will go back to my father and your father,” meaning, my Lord and your Lord.

It is a fact that the Christians did not claim that they too are Allah’s sons as they claimed about Isa. Rather this statement byIsa only meant to indicate closeness with Allah.

This is why when they said that they are Allah’s children and loved ones, Allah refuted their claim,

قُلْ فَلِمَ يُعَذِّبُكُم بِذُنُوبِكُم

Say, “Why then does He punish you for your sins!”

meaning, if you were truly as you claim, Allah’s children and loved ones, then why did He prepare the Fire because of your disbelief, lies and false claims!

بَلْ أَنتُم بَشَرٌ مِّمَّنْ خَلَقَ

Nay, you are but human beings, of those He has created,

Allah states:you are just like the rest of the children of Adam, and Allah is the Lord of all His creation.

يَغْفِرُ لِمَن يَشَاء وَيُعَذِّبُ مَن يَشَاء

He forgives whom He wills and punishes whom He wills.

Allah does what He wills, there is none who can escape His judgment, and He is swift in reckoning.

وَلِلّهِ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالَارْضِ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا

And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them;

Therefore, everything is Allah’s property and under His power and control.

وَإِلَيْهِ الْمَصِيرُ

and to Him is the return.

In the end, the return will be to Allah and He will judge between His servants as He will, and He is the Most Just Who is never wrong in His judgment

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