We need to submit – quote by Imam Abdul Latif Finch

“We are Musa (AS) and our life is Khidhr (AS)…but who needs to submit? Our life? Or us?”

~ Imam Abdul Latif Finch

Life is Khidhr - IMAL quote

Imam 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 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 had 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.

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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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