Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on Divine Wisdom and the Problem of Evil


Translated by: TALLAL M. ZENI

ISBN (PAPERBACK): 978 1911141 39 6
PRICE: £19.99
PAGES: c. 300
SIZE: 234 x 156mm
OTHER: Bibliography. Index.

PUBLISHED: Forthcoming

SKU: 978 1911141 396. Category: .

Book Description

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on Divine Wisdom and the Problem of Evil is a translation of selections from two of Ibn Qayyim’s books, Key to the Blissful Abode (Miftaḥ dar al-sa’ada) and Remedy for Those who Question on Matters Concerning Divine Decree, Predestination, Wisdom and Causality (Shifa’ al-‘alil fi masa’il al-qada’ wa’l-qadar wa’l-hikma wa’l-ta’lil). In the present selections, Ibn al-Qayyim focuses on the application of the wisdom of God to the existence of evil.

Ibn al-Qayyim first discusses twenty-six wise purposes behind God creating humanity and settling them on Earth. His perspective is that whatever exists in this world is either purely or preponderantly good, or indirectly leads to a greater good. Ibn Qayyim then explores how the presence of evil allows the manifestation of many of God’s Beautiful Names, glorious attributes and compassionate actions; while, for humanity, the existence of evil provides the righteous with opportunities to strive against it, for Paradise can only be reached by ‘traversing a bridge of hardships and tribulations’. The discussion of the existence of evil is followed by thirty wise purposes and secrets in God allowing people to sin. Prominent among them are that God loves repentance and loves to manifest His Attributes of forgiveness and mercy.

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya was born in 691/1292 near Damascus, where he obtained a classical Islamic education and specialised in jurisprudence. In 711/1312, he met the Hanbalite reformer Ibn Taymiyya and became his disciple. He died in 751/1350 in Damascus.

Tallal M. Zeni is a medical doctor who has studied traditional Islamic culture. He is the translator of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on Knowledge.