Whenever I look around myself and see suffering I feel god cannot be real.If god is real then why is there so much suffering and poverty?
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I think there is suffering because we call it suffering. If we really dont know the roots of the problems, we tend to interpret them in an evil manner or call it as disaster or suffering, but in an Islamic point of view, there is suffering because there would be no growth without it like the case of Abraham that wanted to sacrifice his son or the case of Khezr that killed a child and broke a ship but all under God's command so that there were no problem. So suffering is not sth concrete and stable that we can rely on for philosophical discourse. All of us have changed our attitudes toward it since our childhood. So this question wont have any answer unless one answers this one first : What is suffering?
The problem of suffering is somewhat separate from the problem of existence.
For a god to end suffering that god would need to:
- know about the suffering
- be able to do something about the suffering
- be willing to do something about the suffering
If god is missing one of these traits then they could still exist but not be able to prevent suffering.
Now, whether or not it makes sense to worship a being that is missing one or all of these traits is a somewhat different question.
BTW this is often dealt with using the concepts of omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence and benevolence. However, a god doesn't need these in order to end suffering. For example, I'm aware of the suffering but don't have omniscience.