The bestower of Mercy upon His creation – الرحيم

1 Jul

A continuation of my previous post on the 99 names of Allaah and my reflection on them.

This Mercy of Allaah is specific to the believers. And so He bestows His Mercy on us due to our belief and actions.

وَرَحْمَتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ فَسَأَكْتُبُهَا لِلَّذِينَ يَتَّقُونَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَـاةَ وَالَّذِينَ هُم بِآيَاتِنَا يُؤْمِنُونَ

“..and My Mercy embraces all things. That (Mercy) I shall ordain for those who are the Muttaqun and give Zakah; and those who believe in Our Ayaat.”

[al-A`raaf; 156]

Self-Reflection:

1. The mercy and love that the creation of Allaah have in their hearts for each other is due to the Mercy of Allaah upon them. For e.g. the Prophet’s (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) love for his sahaabah:

فَبِمَا رَحْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللّهِ لِنتَ لَهُمْ

“And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently..”

[aal-`Imraan; 159]

Or, the sahaabah’s love for each other:

النَّبِيُّ أَوْلَى بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ مِنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ وَأَزْوَاجُهُ أُمَّهَاتُهُمْ

The Prophet is closer to the believers than their ownselves, and his wives are their (believers’) mothers..”

[al-Ahzaab; 6]

2. No matter how much we disobey Allaah, He continues to shower upon us His infinite Mercy and blessings. Even when our sins are as much and as deep as the vast Atlantic, all it takes for us to come out clean from it is to simply ask for His forgiveness. How many times have we found ourselves asking Allaah for palaces in Jannah, whilst conveniently forgetting to ask His Forgiveness for all the times we have disobeyed Him?

3. Increasing mutual love and understanding between the believers by applying the hadeeth of RasoolAllaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) in regards to kindness, which beautifies an act, whereas leaving it tarnishes it. Often times we find ourselves soft in speech towards those who have malice and hatred in their hearts for Allaah and His Messenger, yet when it comes to the believers, we are no where near compassionate or merciful.

4. Building a bond of love and friendship with our Creator. Allaah has extended a bond of love to us, and there are even specific times when He’s the most closest to us and awaits our company for instance the third part of a night. Friendships are formed based on reciprocated feelings, mutual characteristics, etc. Now we know Allaah is the Most Merciful and none compares to Him in His infinite Mercy, so how can a person with a heart worth a rock, void of any mercy, kindness or compassion befriend Allaah?

One Response to “The bestower of Mercy upon His creation – الرحيم”

  1. Ishaq November 23, 2009 at 11:33 pm #

    asalaamu a’lykum warahmatullah wabarakahtuh

    barakAllahu feekhi for posting this article and the previous one on the names/attributes of Allah ‘Azza Wajal.

    This entire topic is really important i feel in attaining ihsaan, in prayer and in our lives. That is developing and building a bond of love and friendship with Allah ‘Azza Wajal.

    Hence i wanted to encourage you to share any other knowledge you may have gained thus far on this topic of the names of Allah ‘Azza Wajal. Like do you know which of the names are definitely known to us from Qura’n and ahadeeth?

    barakAllahu feekhi

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