Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Glimpses of Divine Mercy

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Allah, The Almighty, is the Most Merciful, Most Compassionate, and He is the most Merciful of those who show mercy. His Mercy encompasses all things. Allah, The Almighty, Says (what means): {“and My Mercy embraces all things.”} [Quran 7:156]

Allah, The Almighty, extends His Mercy to all His creation, for He knows that man was created weak and is prone to fall into sin. After promising His Mercy to humanity, Allah, The Almighty, informs them that as long as they call on Him and put their hope in Him, He will forgive them. This statement alone can convince one to have hope and never despair.

When a person calls out to Allah, The Almighty, or supplicates to Him, he is displaying his need of and dependence on Allah, The Almighty. He is demonstrating his weakness to the fact that he has no power to do anything by himself. It is the essence of submission and servitude. It is also a recognition of the Attributes of Allah, The Almighty, associated with Mercy, such as kindness, generosity, forgiveness and His unlimited power and knowledge. Human beings are always in need of Allah, The Almighty, at all times and in all circumstances. A believer always turns to Allah to ask for guidance as well as to seek forgiveness for sins and shortcomings.

In fact, the mercy of Allah, The Almighty, extends to all his creation, not just humanity. Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: “Allah has one hundred parts of Mercy, of which He sent down one between the jinn, mankind, the animals and the insects; by means of which they are compassionate and merciful to one another, and by means of which wild animals are kind to their offspring. And Allah has kept back ninety-nine parts of mercy with which to be merciful to His slaves on the Day of Resurrection.” [Muslim]

It was narrated that ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “Some prisoners were brought to the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, and there was a woman among the prisoners who was searching (for her child). When she found her child she embraced him and put him to her breast. The Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said to us: ‘Do you think that this woman would throw her child in the fire?’ We said, ‘No, by Allah, if she is not obliged to do so.’ The Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: ‘Allah is more merciful to His slaves than this woman is to her child.’” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

One aspect of the Mercy of Allah to His slaves is that He sent them Messengers and revealed the Books and laws to organize their lives in a wise manner, far from hardship and difficulty. Allah, The Almighty, Says (what means): {“And We have sent you (O Muhammad) not but as a mercy for the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists)”} [Quran 21:107]

The Mercy of Allah, The Almighty, is the means through which His believing slaves will be admitted to Paradise on the Day of Resurrection. No one will ever enter Paradise because of his deeds alone, as the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: “No one will enter Paradise thanks to his deeds.” They said, “Not even you, O Messenger of Allah?” He, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said, “No, not even me, unless Allah shower me with His Mercy. So try to be close to perfection. And no one should wish for death; if he is doing good deeds, he will do more of them, and if he is sinning, he may repent.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Thus, the believer must remain in a state between hope and fear, hoping for the Mercy of Allah, The Almighty, and fearing His Punishment; Allah, The Almighty, Says (what means):

{“Declare (O Muhammad) unto My slaves, that truly, I am the Oft-Forgiving, the Most-Merciful. And that My Torment is indeed the most painful torment.”} [Quran 15:49-50]

{Say: O My servants who have transgressed against their own souls, despair not of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.} [Quran 39:53]

 

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