Now that we have learnt about when the angels surround us, let’s now talk about how Allah’smercy encompasses all things.
We say بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ (bismillah Ar-Rahman ar-Raheem) a lot, right? It means ‘in the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate.’
We say it when we pray, before we eat, and we’re encouraged to say it before we begin any new task. But do we really understand what rahma (mercy) means?
Question: What do you think rahma means?
Do you know that the word rahma comes from the root word, رحم (rahim), which means womb?
Question: Who can tell me what a womb is?
That’s right. A baby is usually in their mommy’s womb for 40 weeks. The baby gets all the nourishment it requires; the temperature in the womb is perfect, the nutrients are always administered, it is safe and warm. All the baby has to do is grow, and alhamdulillah all its needs are being met.
Question: How do you think the womb relates to Allah’s mercy?
Allah’s mercy is constantly surrounding us like a safety net. That doesn’t mean that we’ll never experience any pain, but Allah is constantly showing us mercy with every breath we take. Even blinking is a mercy from Allah that we don’t even have to think about. Allah even has more mercy for us than a mother has for her own child!
One day the Prophet Muhammad was walking with a group of his companions, and they passed by a woman who was frantically looking for her child. She would take any child to her breast and try to feed him/her. Then the Prophet Muhammad said to the companions: “Do you think that this lady can throw her son in the fire?” We replied, “No, if she has the power not to throw it (in the fire).” The Prophet then said, “Allah is more merciful to His slaves than this lady to her son.”
And guess what? There’s even more mercy in the hereafter than we’re experiencing right now.
Salman al-Farisi reported: The Prophet Muhammad said, “Verily, on the day Allah created the heavens and earth, He created one hundred parts of mercy. Each part can fill what is between heaven and earth. He made one part of mercy for the earth, from it a mother has compassion for her child, animals and birds have compassion for each other. On the Day of Resurrection, He will perfect this mercy.” [Sahih Muslim]
99 parts of mercy on the Day of Judgment! That is one reason why it’s so important to have a good opinion of Allah ! Allah even tells us in Surat Al-A’raaf:
وَرَحْمَتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ ۚ
“My mercy encompasses all things” (Surat Al-A’raaf; 156]
And you all, my dears, are all encompassed by Allah’s mercy, alhamdulillah.
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