Saturday, November 19, 2011

How Merciful Allah (s.w.t) Is To His Creation

According To Hadith Qudsi Allah (s.w.t) said:
“I was a hidden treasure, and I wished that I be recognized, and this is why I created”. 

Hence the reason for creation was love. Allah (s.w.t) created everything out of love and therefore He loves what He has created. Subsequently He loves the believers even more intensely. We all say we love Allah (s.w.t) and Prophet Muhammad (May Peace & Blessings be upon him) but how many of us live our life according to Qur’an and Sunnah of Our Beloved Prophet (May Peace & Blessings be upon him)? Do we follow Allah’s command? Even if all mankind combine their love it won’t amount to the love that Allah (s.w.t) has for His creations.

Hadith also tells us that ‘Allah divided His mercy into seventy parts, and distributed one of those parts in the creation around us. Let us think of all the love in this world be it between a mother and child, a husband and wife, a brother and sister be it between animals and their young, be it between friends and so on. All the love amongst these people and in this world comprises just one part out of seventy of Allah’s mercy. This brings to mind the question that what tremendous mercy might Allah show on the Day of Judgment?

Allah (s.w.t) is exceedingly merciful. Ar-Rehman & Ar-Raheem are the very first two names (qualities) of Allah (s.w.t).

Ar-Rehman means:
‘The Compassionate’, ‘The Beneficent’, The One who has plenty of mercy for the believers and the blasphemers in this world and especially for the believers in the hereafter. 

Ar-Raheem means:
‘The Merciful’, The One who has plenty of mercy for the believers.

Story of an idol worshiper:
Once an idol worshipper used to worship an idol named ‘Sanam’. He sat up calling the name “Ya Sanam” all night, and towards the dawn he started getting drowsy and so he mistakenly took one of the Glorious names of Allah (s.w.t), “Ya Samad”. Allah (s.w.t) immediately turned His attention and asked “What do you want My servant?”. The angels said in astonishment, “O Allah, this is an idol worshipper and only took Your name in forgetfulness.” Allah (s.w.t) said, “This person calls on these idols all night and they don’t answer him. What difference is there between Me and the idols if I don’t answer him either?” 

Allah (s.w.t) wants us to seek forgiveness and come towards Him. As per Hadith Prophet Muhammed (May Peace & Blessings be upon Him) was travelling and stopped on the way at a village. A woman was cooking at a fire nearby and he noticed that she constantly had to push her child back who would come forward. She said to the Prophet, “I work with this fire all day, my son wants to play with it but I have to push him back all the time because I’m frightened for him. If Allah (s.w.t) loves us more than we love our children, how can he put us in hell?” Hearing this Messenger of Allah (s.w.t) sat with his head bowed and his eyes filled with tears. He cried for some time and then said, “Allah does not want to send His creation into Hell, but it is man himself who buys hell for himself through his disobedience towards Allah (s.w.t). He forgets where he has come from and who his caretaker is. He does not seek forgiveness from his Creator.”

Only a mother can know and understand how much love Allah (s.w.t) has put in her heart for her children. A mother loves her children unconditionally, with no display. A mother loves her child whether the child is obedient or disobedient, honorable or dishonorable. After Allah(s.w.t) and Prophet Muhammad (May Peace & Blessings be upon Him), only a mother can love even the disobedient. This world likes the successful and good, but hates those who are hateful and diresepctful and rejects them. However, a mother is a mother and loves her children no matter if they are obedient or disobedient, kind or unkind. A mother would love her child even if they are rude to her. No matter what happens a mother can never be separated from her child.

A mother tries so hard to get her child to read The Glorious Qur’an and pray ‘Salah’ (prayer) but if the child does not listen to her you can’t blame the mother can you?  Only Allah (s.w.t) knows what difficulty she is going through since He is the Knower of all Things but through the mothers dua’s (prayers) the child is able to do this. She continues going through this struggle and hardship because Allah has put the love for her children in her heart.

Allah (s.w.t) is ‘The Most Merciful’ ‘The Most Beneficent’ Who wants to forgive us and His Mercy tries to find excuses for forgiving us. We must take advantage of the time that we have in this life and seek forgiveness and amend our ways. May Allah (s.w.t) give us the ability to do so.

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