Sunday, August 15, 2010

How to deal with Allah (episode 3) - كيف تتعامل مع الله الحلقة الثالثة

As Salam Alekoum

An English translation of the episode:

Have you ever come across an individual, whom after lighting a great fire that burnt for three days without stop, ended up throwing his own son in the fire? Ofcourse not.

In that case, have a look at the following hadeeth

جاء رجل إلى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ومعه صبي فجعل يضمه إليه فقال له النبي عليه السلام:" أترحمه؟" قال: نعم فقال عليه السلام:" فالله أرحم بك منك به وهو أرحم الراحمين"

A man came to the Prophet (Allah's peace and blessings upon him) and with him is a little boy. The man hugged the child to himself, so the Prophet (Allah's blessings on him) said to the man: "Do you feel mercy on him?" The man said: "yes" The Prophet said: "Allah is more merciful to you than you are to the child, for He is the Most Merciful"

Allah is more merciful than to just throw you in hellfire. Allah is more merciful than that. But how does one deal accordingly with this mercy? How do you deal with Allah when his mercy is upon you?

This is a very important question that we must all know the answer to. But before we do, we first need to ask ourselves: how can we attain Allah's mercy? Glad tidings to you my dear brothers and sisters, for the attainment of Allah's mercy is easy with no hardship, for Allah's mercy encompasses everything. As to his anger, it does not encompass everything. For it is him, Subhanh, who said:

ورحمتي وسعت كل شيء

My mercy extendeth to all things

Surat Al-Aaraf, Verse 156

And this is what suits the Most Merciful, and if it were not the case then indeed we would all be at a great loss.

Know that, though you have been shown mercy by your family and loved ones, Allah's mercy on you is greater. He is the one to have initially bestowed them upon you, your friends and loved ones, out of His mercy on you. If you were to collect all the mercy that you have been shown by different people in your lifetime, Allah's mercy would be more and more encompassing. There is no at all that can succeed the mercy of Allah, Subhanh wa Ta'ala. The best of poets out there cannot properly or truley describe even a small part of Allah's mercy, which He has spread to the corners of his Kingdom.

Therefore, Allah has chosen to raise the status of His great mercy in the eyes of His creation. The Prophet (Allah's peace and blessings on him) once said:

لما قضى الله الخلق كتب في كتاب فهو عنده فوق العرش إن رحمتي غلبت غضبي

When Allah completed creation, he ordained in a book that is placed above His throne (my mercy dominates my anger)

Allah Akbar.

Notice how he has kept ths book with Him, over His throne. he could have placed this book in the heavens, or down on Earth upon a certain mountain for example. But he did not do that, and instead kept it with Him, honouring the status of mercy.

So why despair from the mercy of Allah, when it encompasses everything? How will it not encompass you? It is spread out to creations that are worse than you. Recall the hadith of the one who killed 99 human beings, and completed it to 100, and though all this Allah's mercy reached him when he repented. You have not killed anyone, so how can Allah not bestow His mercy upon you?

The entire univrerse from its beginiing to its end is filled with Allah's mercy, as the sea is filled with water and the atmosphere is filled with air. Say what you may of Allah's mercy, it is above and way more than what you say. Imagine what you may of Allah's mercy, it is more than anything you can think up.

One may ask "How can I attain this mercy?" There is nothing standing between you and Allah's mercy but of you to ask Him of it, and He will grant it to you.

مايفتح الله للناس من رحمة فلا ممسك له

What Allah out of his Mercy doth bestow on mankind there is none can withhold

Surat Al-Aaraf, Verse 2

Allah's mercy is so close to you that all you have to do is think of something you would like Allah to grant you, and it will be given to you according to your expectations of Allah. You think of Allah as having mercy on you, it will be granted. You think of Allah as sheilding you away from hellfire, it will be granted. You think of Allah blessing you with the Firdous (highest Paradise) then it will be granted to you. There is no hassle to it, the situation is actually more simpler than you could have imagined. These are not my own words and musings, but are the words of Allah Subhanh. It is what He said about Himself, otherwise how could I know of all this. Listen to Him in the hadeeth al qudasi:

أنا عند ظن عبدي بي فليظن بي ماشاء

I am as my Salve thinks of me, so let him think of me in whatever way he wants

There is no grey area to the matter where one might wonder "will Allah answer my prayers?" No, it is absolute certainty. The Prophet (Allah's peace and blessings upon him) said:

ادعوا الله وأنتم موقنون بالإجابة

Pray to Allah and you are sure of an answer

Allah will end up giving you even more than what you initially wanted. But there is one condition to it, that it be hope and not wishes. What is the difference between the two? Hope comes with action, I hope for Allah's mercy by complying to what he has ordained. As for wishes, they are simple thoughts with no compliance attached to them.

Just consider how merciful Allah is in how, when His mercy is bestowed upon you, you begin to feel it surround you and bring utmost peace in your heart. This on its own is a great act of mercy. Now consider that this is only in duniya (current life). When it comes to akhera (after-life), we have great hope in Allah that His creation on that day will finally witness the greatest acts of mercy that has never crossed their mind before. Forgivness, pardonings, and overlooking acts of sin. We should summn great hope with such a thought. We must also work hard to attain this mercy. This is the condition that Allah has set:

وإني لغفار لمن تاب وآمن وعمل صالحا ثم اهتدى

But, without doubt, I am (also) He that forgives again and again, to those who repent, believe, and do right, who are ready to receive true guidance.

Surat Taha. Verse 86

Comply with the conditions, and welcome the good news of mercy. After having said all this, and brought to light the nature of Allah's mercy, showing how open its door is and how it ends up turning acts of sins in good deeds, pointing out how one could attain it ... after all of this if a person still insists on being disobidient and turning a blind eye on Allah, thus losing Allah's mercy that encompasses all, then he does not deserve Allah's mercy.

How does one get close to Allah's mercy? My dear brothers and sisters if you have reached a status in yout life where you show great mercy to people and are kind to them, then Allah's mercy will truely be close to you. And not only close, but extremely close. The Prophet (Allah's peace and blessings upoon him) said:

الراحمون يرحمهم الرحمن

Those who show mercy will be shown mercy by the Most Merciful.

And if a person does not do that, then he will not be shown mercy.

من لايرحم لا يُرحم

He whom is not merciful, will not be shown mercy (by Allah)

In closing, I would like to ask of all of you with a pleading heart, that we all be together under Allah's mercy on the Day of Judgement. Let us make a pact right now, that we do our best during our life on Earth to attain this great mercy, so we may all, with the permission and will of Allah Subhanh, meet toghether in Paradise, with the prophets and the martyrs and the best of people, for they truley are the best of companions.


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