God’s Mercy Embraces All Things – a thought from Imam Abdul Latif Finch

Whatever mercy God unfolds for mankind none can withhold it; and whatever He withholds, thereof, none can release it after Him. And He is the Mighty, the Wise. (35:2) When something unfolds it is due to its having been folded up at a point. Whatever is folded up is not visible. Hence the People of the Cave were instructed to go out of sight to receive Mercy, And when you withdraw from them and from that which they worship except God, then take refuge in the Cave. Your Lord will reveal for you something of His mercy and prepare for you in your affair some comfort. (18:16) Whatever is invisible is in the unseen. Thus, God’s Mercy is coming from the unseen. Whatever is unseen cannot be detected, as He said, be He exalted, And if you were to count God’s grace you could never reckon it. Indeed God is Forgiving, Merciful. (16:18) Whatever cannot be detected cannot be proven. Whatever cannot be proven must be accepted on faith. Thus, God’s Mercy is accepted on faith and ..do not despair of God’s Spirit (His Mercy). Indeed none despairs of the Spirit of God save the disbelieving folk. (12:87) Those who reject faith in God are ungrateful to Him for the word kāfir means “ingrate”. Whereas in truth, Whatever grace you have, it is from God. (16:53) All the things that we have are given to us from Him, I have myself, therefore, “I” or my consciousness is itself a gift from God. As my consciousness is a grace and thus a mercy and through it I participate in the world, all things I know of come through mercy. Thus, I can vouch for His words, My Mercy embraces all things, (7:156) as my own existence and whatever I encounter is embraced by His Mercy. Al-Ḥamdulillāh.

Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch

Sept 2015

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