I’m continuously flabbergasted every time I see this claim in assorted forms:
My priest made a good point that in Islam they say their god is merciful and just, but never loving. The do not have any concept of God being love, as we do. Love is the highest good. It is the reason that our God is merciful and just. These latter two virtues are secondary virtues, that only exist because of the reality that God is love. Allah is lacking that fundamental characteristic of the true living God–only copying mercy and justice to some degree, but not existing as love itself.
I mean, how hard is it to read through the 99 names of Allah (swt) and come upon this:
And He alone is truly forgiving, all-embracing in his love. (85:14)
And in case they need to read further:
Now I’ll also often have christians say, “ah ha, but God loves everyone, no matter what they do! In Islam, your God does not necessarily love everyone all the time.
To this I ask, “what good is the love of your God if at the end of the day, you burn in hell because you reject Jesus’ (as) supposed sacrifice? Yes, God is our loving friend and buddy and He’s throwing us into hell, big woopdeedo.”
In Islam, the attributes of Allah (swt) are balanced. He is Allah (swt) first and foremost, not “Love.” He is the Loving, the Merciful, the Compassionate, the Just, the Forgiver, amongst dozens of other names.
We are encouraged to seek the pleasure and love of Allah (swt), and in every action increase our love for Him. If there isn’t love in Islam, I don’t know what the heck I’m doing everyday.