January 2007


A really interesting speech – and also very relevant because many of you plan to become doctors:

Healing in Harmony with Nature – Dr. Karim Abdullah, ND

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This movie is great. If I can get a copy, we might show it at school, insha’ Allah. If you want more, read al-Munqidh min ad-Dalal, which the movie’s based upon and I have yet to finish. But it’s amazing.

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

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Shaikh ‘Abd-ul-Hayy of the Subcontinent explained, “God’s mercy looks for excuses to envelop a person.”

Islam is based on this principle, so that mercy blankets the believer. But compassion cannot be expected; it must be earned. Despite our faults, we must understand and strive for God’s clemency to attain it.

Though we make mistakes, the forgiveness of God can cover them all. The Prophet salawat.gif remarked, “The children of Adam are all sinners, and the best of sinners are the penitent” (Tirmidhi). Error is part of human nature: we have been designed to make mistakes. God created humanity imperfect to reveal His perfection, so that He could manifest the meaning of His name, ‘The Merciful.’ He pardons the faults, however great, of all who turn to Him. Salvation comes only through this mercy.

Felicity after death is attained by God’s compassion. The Prophet salawat.gif said, “No one will enter Paradise by his good works” (Bukhari). Whatever good we accrue amounts to little before the blessings God has bestowed. For example, amongst the Jews lived a saint who worshipped for 500 years and appeared before the Reckoner after death. God proclaimed, “Enter the Garden by my mercy!” to which the worshipper protested, “No, by my actions! By my actions!” The Reckoner ordered, “Take him to account,” and the Scales were brought forth. Against this man’s piety vied the blessing of the eye, which far outweighed his actions. The slave was asked if he wanted the account to continue but replied, “No, by Your mercy! By Your mercy!” The worshipper came to understand that one’s actions cannot suffice him the gifts The Merciful conferred upon him. Because of man’s incapability to worship God as He deserves, the Prophet salawat.gif sought forgiveness 70 to 100 times per day. Though blameless, he salawat.gif strived to merit God’s favour by his deeds. The Prophet salawat.gif established that although mercy is encompassing, it has conditions.

The doors to God’s compassion are unlocked by actions. Works, though outweighed by God’s benevolence, are its requisite. Imam Hasan al-Basri said, referring to the words of God, “Allot mercy to My servants, and divide it amongst them according to their deeds.” How can we appear before God on the Day of Reckoning, hoping for forgiveness, when we have done no good action? How can we expect God to be gentle when we have not merited such treatment? We find solace in His mercy and forgiveness, but what will protect us “[w]hen the Generous appears with the name Avenger” (The Poem of the Mantle)? Opportunities open to us but we neglect them. Mercy “looks for excuses” to cleanse us but we reject it. When we pursue vain desires, we ignore such openings and forget that we have a purpose, that we live to worship the Merciful. Recognizing and fulfilling this precedent unfolds clemency to the believer. And God, the Distributor, does not disapoint those who turn to Him.

The favours of God encompass His worshippers. Despite our deficiencies, we can enjoy God’s benevolence if we recognize and seek it. And when we turn to The Merciful in sincerity and devotion, only He knows what blessings await us.