ALLAH TA’ALA’S MERCY-UNDERSTIMATED
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ALLAH TA’ALA’S MERCY-UNDERSTIMATED!

 

In my discussion with a friend some time back regarding sin and its impact on our lives, I was told “my sins are so great that there is no hope-I’m a goner and that’s it!

Almost immediately I realised that these words were only as a result of not understanding or more so under estimating Allah Ta’ala’s mercy. It was a clear indication from someone who has placed limitations to Allah Ta’ala’s mercy and forgiveness.

And like this friend of mine there are countless others who on account of their volumes of sin,  subscribe to the same belief or harbour the same attitude which only throws them into more sin. This attitude of already being destined and condemned to Hell is also an indication of one who has become despondent of the mercy of Allah Ta’ala. With regards to this Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan:

“And who becomes despondent of the mercy of his lord except for the one who is astray.” (Suratul Hijr, verse: 56)

The message of the above verse is clear-it says that those who become despondent of Allah Ta’ala’s mercy have gone astray.

Whilst everything else may have bounds and limitations, Allah Ta’ala’s mercy is boundless and limitless. It is there for us to ask and for Him to give it to us if he chooses to shower it on us. In Saheeh Muslim it is narrated from Hadrat Abu Hurayrah Radiyallaahu Ta’ala Anhu that the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has 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 of the Day of Resurrection.” [Muslim, al-Tawbah, 6908.]

Hadrat Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri Radiyallaahu Anhu reported that the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu alayhi wassallam said:

“There was a man from among a nation before you who killed ninety-nine people and then made an inquiry about the most learned person on the earth. He was directed to a monk. He came to him and told him that he had killed ninety-nine people and asked him if there was any chance for his repentance to be accepted. He replied in the negative and the man killed him also completing one hundred.

He then asked about the most learned man in the earth. He was directed to a scholar. He told him that he had killed one hundred people and asked him if there was any chance for his repentance to be accepted. He replied in the affirmative and asked, `Who stands between you and repentance? Go to such and such land; there (you will find) people devoted to prayer and worship of Allah, join them in worship, and do not come back to your land because it is an evil place.’

So he went away and hardly had he covered half the distance when death overtook him; and there was a dispute between the angels of mercy and the angels of torment. The angels of mercy pleaded, ‘This man has come with a repenting heart to Allah,’ and the angels of punishment argued, ‘He never did a virtuous deed in his life.’ Then there appeared another angel in the form of a human being and the contending angels agreed to make him arbiter between them. He said, `Measure the distance between the two lands. He will be considered belonging to the land to which he is nearer.’ They measured and found him closer to the land (land of piety) where he intended to go, and so the angels of mercy collected his soul”

From the above incident we can gauge that it does not matter how great or mountainous the sins of the servant of Allah Ta’ala is, the doors of tauba (repentance) is always open. As Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Quran Say: “O ‘Ibâdî (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily, Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [Chapter 39 Verse 53].

Thus regardless of who we are or what we have done in terms of the countless sins  we  carry in our lives as the doors of Allah Ta’ala are always open and are actually waiting patiently to be knocked on. Many Ahadeeth and verses of the Qur’aan tell of the flowing benevolence and mercies of Allah Ta’ala waiting to be distributed for those who come for them.

In a Hadeethul Qudsi Allah Ta’ala says:

‘If My slave comes nearer to me for a span, I go nearer to him for a cubit; and if he comes nearer to Me for a cubit, I go nearer to him for the span of outstretched arms; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.’

On the authority of Hadrat Abu Harayrah Radiyallaahu Anhu, who said that the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam said: Allah the Almighty said:

I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me.
If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and
if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an
assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw
near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at
speed.

Both the above Ahadeeth have been narrated by Buhkari and Muslim. Their messages are quite clear. Allah Ta’ala doubles the pace when He sees his servant coming towards Him. With such great mercy displayed by Allah Ta’ala who can become despondent of His forgiveness and mercy? Of course only those who have not understood the degree of his mercy will do so.

When Allah Ta’ala commissioned Nabi Moosa and Haroon Alaihimas Salaam to go to Firaun and admonish him of his errant ways of disbelief he instructed them to be soft and gentle towards Firaun and not be harsh and aggressive towards him even though he was one who not only rejected Allah Ta’ala but very boldly and brazenly claimed divinity for himself. Allahu Akbar!

On this verse a poet wrote:

O the One Who shows so much love and care for the one who shows enmity towards Him. How much love and care will you show to those who call out to you and love you?

If the entire article has not changed your attitude on the mercy of Allah Ta’ala then this last incident would surely do!

So no matter how soaked and saturated we are in sin there is still great hope. Allah Ta’ala and His many mercies can deliver even the most sinful of us and give us a new beginning.

At no point and time in life can a believer become despondent of Allah Ta’ala’s mercy!

ALLAH TA’ALA’S MERCY-UNDERSTIMATED!

 

In my discussion with a friend some time back regarding sin and its impact on our lives, I was told “my sins are so great that there is no hope-I’m a goner and that’s it!

Almost immediately I realised that these words were only as a result of not understanding or more so under estimating Allah Ta’ala’s mercy. It was a clear indication from someone who has placed limitations to Allah Ta’ala’s mercy and forgiveness.

And like this friend of mine there are countless others who on account of their volumes of sin,  subscribe to the same belief or harbour the same attitude which only throws them into more sin. This attitude of already being destined and condemned to Hell is also an indication of one who has become despondent of the mercy of Allah Ta’ala. With regards to this Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan:

“And who becomes despondent of the mercy of his lord except for the one who is astray.” (Suratul Hijr, verse: 56)

The message of the above verse is clear-it says that those who become despondent of Allah Ta’ala’s mercy have gone astray.

Whilst everything else may have bounds and limitations, Allah Ta’ala’s mercy is boundless and limitless. It is there for us to ask and for Him to give it to us if he chooses to shower it on us. In Saheeh Muslim it is narrated from Hadrat Abu Hurayrah Radiyallaahu Ta’ala Anhu that the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has 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 of the Day of Resurrection.” [Muslim, al-Tawbah, 6908.]

Hadrat Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri Radiyallaahu Anhu reported that the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu alayhi wassallam said:

“There was a man from among a nation before you who killed ninety-nine people and then made an inquiry about the most learned person on the earth. He was directed to a monk. He came to him and told him that he had killed ninety-nine people and asked him if there was any chance for his repentance to be accepted. He replied in the negative and the man killed him also completing one hundred.

He then asked about the most learned man in the earth. He was directed to a scholar. He told him that he had killed one hundred people and asked him if there was any chance for his repentance to be accepted. He replied in the affirmative and asked, `Who stands between you and repentance? Go to such and such land; there (you will find) people devoted to prayer and worship of Allah, join them in worship, and do not come back to your land because it is an evil place.’

So he went away and hardly had he covered half the distance when death overtook him; and there was a dispute between the angels of mercy and the angels of torment. The angels of mercy pleaded, ‘This man has come with a repenting heart to Allah,’ and the angels of punishment argued, ‘He never did a virtuous deed in his life.’ Then there appeared another angel in the form of a human being and the contending angels agreed to make him arbiter between them. He said, `Measure the distance between the two lands. He will be considered belonging to the land to which he is nearer.’ They measured and found him closer to the land (land of piety) where he intended to go, and so the angels of mercy collected his soul”

From the above incident we can gauge that it does not matter how great or mountainous the sins of the servant of Allah Ta’ala is, the doors of tauba (repentance) is always open. As Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Quran Say: “O ‘Ibâdî (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily, Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [Chapter 39 Verse 53].

Thus regardless of who we are or what we have done in terms of the countless sins  we  carry in our lives as the doors of Allah Ta’ala are always open and are actually waiting patiently to be knocked on. Many Ahadeeth and verses of the Qur’aan tell of the flowing benevolence and mercies of Allah Ta’ala waiting to be distributed for those who come for them.

In a Hadeethul Qudsi Allah Ta’ala says:

‘If My slave comes nearer to me for a span, I go nearer to him for a cubit; and if he comes nearer to Me for a cubit, I go nearer to him for the span of outstretched arms; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.’

On the authority of Hadrat Abu Harayrah Radiyallaahu Anhu, who said that the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam said: Allah the Almighty said:

I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me.
If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and
if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an
assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw
near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at
speed.

Both the above Ahadeeth have been narrated by Buhkari and Muslim. Their messages are quite clear. Allah Ta’ala doubles the pace when He sees his servant coming towards Him. With such great mercy displayed by Allah Ta’ala who can become despondent of His forgiveness and mercy? Of course only those who have not understood the degree of his mercy will do so.

When Allah Ta’ala commissioned Nabi Moosa and Haroon Alaihimas Salaam to go to Firaun and admonish him of his errant ways of disbelief he instructed them to be soft and gentle towards Firaun and not be harsh and aggressive towards him even though he was one who not only rejected Allah Ta’ala but very boldly and brazenly claimed divinity for himself. Allahu Akbar!

On this verse a poet wrote:

O the One Who shows so much love and care for the one who shows enmity towards Him. How much love and care will you show to those who call out to you and love you?

If the entire article has not changed your attitude on the mercy of Allah Ta’ala then this last incident would surely do!

So no matter how soaked and saturated we are in sin there is still great hope. Allah Ta’ala and His many mercies can deliver even the most sinful of us and give us a new beginning.

At no point and time in life can a believer become despondent of Allah Ta’ala’s mercy!

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