We are a group of volunteers aiming to inshAllah raise awareness of the unlimited mercy available to all.
The Qurān states:
To each We extend – to these and to those – from the gift of your Lord. And never has the gift of your Lord been restricted. (17:20)
An extension is an allowance. An allowance is a gift. A gift is not something that one deserves but comes from the mercy of the giver. God states here that this mercy has never been restricted.
Therefore the extent of God’s Mercy is unrestricted. Thus God’s Mercy, in itself is unlimited.
The universe is a creation. The creation is limited. That which is restricted cannot contain that which is open. The limited universe, by its nature, unfortunately does not have the capacity to embrace the overwhelming Mercy of God. Perhaps this is the reason why all things in creation fall short of mercy.
To accommodate this shortcoming, God sent the Prophet, peace be upon him, endowed with the utmost capacity to receive from God’s otherwise unrestricted Mercy. His mercy extends to all times and places for, “we have not sent you but as a mercy to the worlds.” (21:107) The worlds existed both before and after his physical advent. Therefore, the mercy of the Prophet, peace be upon him, must extend to that which is both before and after his corporeal presence.
The objective of Unlimited Mercy, as a consortium of contributors, is to remind us of the nature of God’s Mercy as it is expressed through the manifestation of the Prophet Muḥammad, peace be upon him. To do so, we intend on bridging what we perceive to be a gap that has occurred in the hearts of the Believers between the Statement of Monotheism, “There is no God but Allah and Muḥammad is the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him. Indeed, most of us can commit pages and hours of lectures for others regarding our realization of the first half (la ilaha illah lah) of this declaration but few of us know much about the second half (Muḥammad Rasulullah, peace be upon him) of it. It is our contention that were our hearts to realize the reality of the mercy extended to and from the Prophet, peace be upon him, our capacity to receive and be merciful would increase exponentially. We at Unlimited Mercy feel that the need to be merciful specifically in our current day and time is of the upmost fundamental importance.
We are so pleased to have Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch as our Primary Contributor providing both insightful and inspiring content alhamdulillah.
Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch converted to Islam at the age of 20 and has earned ijazas in Islamic Sciences including Quranic Sciences, Hadith, Maliki and Shafi’i Jurisprudence, Usul al-Fiqh, Seerah, Logic, and Arabic Grammar and Morphology under the tutelage of numerous scholars, including Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Salik bin Siddina, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Abdur Rahman Taahir, Qari Umar Bellahi, Shaykh Abdullah Ali, and Shaykh Yahya Rhodus.
Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch co-founded the Lighthouse Mosque in Oakland, California where he served as the Imam till for 3 years until he resigned in 2012 to focus on his graduate studies. In addition, he was a teacher and a program developer for Deen Intensive Foundation, Seekers Guidance and has assisted Zaytuna College ‘s Summer Arabic Intensive program for three years in a row.
Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch has recently attained a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, a member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
Many thanks to Imam Muhammad Abdul Latif Finch for contributing to this blog.
Occasionally, we will also post relevant content from Guest contributors.
We pray that you both enjoy and share our content with others so that many can know about God’s Unlimited Mercy.