Posted by: Dawud Israel | January 19, 2020

Meditation on Modality of Mercy of the Most Merciful

My meditation and theory is that the Mercy of Allah given to the Muslims is unique, but that most of the mercy has come to us in this world, before the Day of Judgment, through Islam, Rasulullah ﷺ, and the Qur’an. The mercy of the afterlife is justified by the mercies in this world that the Muslims gather.

My fear and my guess is that Allah’s Mercy overpowering His Wrath is interpreted that we have many avenues and opportunities to win that Heavenly Mercy. We are forgiven after wudhu, we are forgiven with the 5 salat, we are forgiven with each jumuah and each Eid, forgiven with istighfar, tahajjud, sadaqa, hajj, Ramadan and zakat, etc.

All the ahadith of these ibadat mention forgiveness over and over and over again as if it is almost impossible not to be forgiven with practice of Islam. Rahma is overflowing. Bursting mercy.

Now today when it comes to mu’amalat like mortgages and halal and haram, Muslims will quote modern scholars and say, “Allah will forgive it” and “Allah is more merciful than a mother to her child.” The attitude is we can neglect the deen as if it has no mercy in it because all the Mercy of Allah will come out on the Day of Judgment. As if there is no mercy in the Prophet ﷺ. As if there is no mercy in ibadat. As if there is no mercy in the Qur’an. But the reality is these are the avenues of mercy in Islam. If we turn away from Allah’s Rahma here, in the deen, can we really expect to win it on the Day of Judgment?

This is foolish in my opinion. Anyone with common sense can understand with the signs of the Day of Judgment things are not getting better – they are getting worse. Yajuj Majuj, Dajjal, the Qur’an being raised and the seas boiling. Time is running out to make tawba and enter Islam. In that sense dunyawi rahma is running out. It is stupid to expect mercy when we persist so long in sin without tawba. I suspect Mercy is limited more and more with fewer Muslims lobbying for Divine Mercy with ibadat. Islam gives us all the tools of earning Allah’s Mercy in this world.

The framework for Islam in our time should be lobbying Divine Mercy and warding off Divine Wrath as per the last ayahs of Surah al-Fatiha. Divine Wrath will be on us when we follow the footsteps of the Jews and Christians. All that separates us from them is the Qur’an and Sunnah.

Now, you may say while this dunya has 1/99th of Allah’s Mercy. Perhaps I am wrong. InshaAllah I am wrong as I need more Divine mercy. But perhaps the 1/99th of Allah’s Mercy in this world will lead to winning the remaining 99. They are connected.

Maybe I am completely wrong in thinking this. But it is nonetheless I am fearful of Allah in misunderstanding His Mercy. Allahu Alam.

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa Ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, ameen.

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