If Allah did not love us, He would have left us with the consequences of our actions.
If Allah did not love us, He would not have made His warnings clear and the description of His punishment so vivid and terrifying.
But His warnings never overpower the message and reminders of His Mercy. His Nearness. His Love.
If Allah did not love us, He would not have guided us. He would not have called us to His Forgiveness. To the tranquility that comes with His Remembrance. And the pleasures, delights, blessings that He has prepared for us in this life and in Paradise.
and Allah warns you to be cautious of His punishment; and Allah is full of Kindness to His slaves
To the tired or saddened heart… I can offer you some encouragement, some of the promises of the Most Kind.
Allah is with you. He is with the patient1, those whose hearts are good2 and those who do good3. Allah does not burden you beyond what you can bear4. He wants ease for you, and He does not wish for you hardship5. And anything that you face from pain or grief, it only befalls you either because Allah loves you and is therefore testing you6, or He loves you and is therefore purifying you from your sins7. Through your tests, Allah increases your reward8 and rank that you may be closer to Him. So do not despair of the Mercy of Allah9. He does not tire of listening to you and answering your prayers and forgiving you10. And Allah is as you think He is11. If you perceive Him to be Most Kind, and Most Generous, indeed to you, Allah is Most Kind and Most Generous.
Allah teaches us to repel evil with that which is better: good (Surat al-Mu’minoon 23:96, Surah Fussilat 41:34). So for example, when someone is mean to us, we reply them with kindness. If someone wrongs us, we forgive. When we are tested or faced with a difficulty, we respond with an overflowing of good. We pray a little longer, give a little more in charity, help a little more, smile more. We repel evil with something better. It is a characteristic possessed by the people of the Best Home (Paradise; Surat ar-Ra’d 13:22). It is a quality that is gifted to those who are patient (Surah Fussilat 41:35).
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whosoever would be chaste and modest, Allah will keep him chaste and modest, and whosoever would seek self-sufficiency (relying on no one but Allah), Allah will make him self-sufficient, and whosoever would be patient, Allah will give him patience. And no one is granted a gift better and more comprehensive than patience.” (Muttafaqun ‘alayh)
Our pain and our loss, they do not define us. But our patience does. And believe me when I say that we are well-equipped to handle the challenges that come our way, because Allah, the Extremely Merciful and Kind, He does not burden any soul with more than it can bear (Surat al-Baqarah 2:286). Lastly, patience is a process so practice it, and repel evil with that which is good. These are from ihsaan (excellence). And Allah loves the muhsinoon (those who excel in goodness; Surat al-Baqarah 2:195, Surat al-‘Imran 3:134) and Allah loves those who are patient (Surat al-‘Imran, 3:146).
(130) So be patient over what they say and glorify the praises of your Lord before the rising of the sun, and before its setting; and during periods of the night [exalt Him] and at the ends of the day, that you may become pleased with the reward which Allah shall give you. (131) And do not extend your eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to [some] groups of them, [it is but] the splendour of the life of this world by which We test them. And the provision of your Lord is better and more enduring. (132) And enjoin prayer on your family and be steadfast therein. We ask you not for provision; We provide for you, and the [best] outcome is for [those of] righteousness.
Sarah Taha 20:130-132