When we started Fiqh-ul-Quloob, I had a confusion somewhere at the back of my mind. The title was Fiqh (jurisprudence) of the Hearts but the contents of the book showed qualities of Allah. I wondered a little how the author would relate our hearts to Allah’s attributes…
Last Friday we started the fourth part of the first chapter,
Fiqh of Mercy of the Lord,
فقه رحمة الرب
and my confusion turned into certainty. I am now certain that hearts can’t be healed or be sound and whole unless they really know the attributes of Allah. :)
There is another astounding relation as well, or so I feel. The knowledge about Allah goes directly to our hearts instead of our brains. No, it’s nothing scientific. :P
His quality of Rahmah (Mercy) is just as beautiful and complete as are His other attributes, if only we know.
The author says,
الله تبارك وتعالى هو الرحمن الرحيم، الذي وسعت رحمته كل شيء، ورحمة الله تتجلى على الخلائق عامة، وعلى الإنسان خاصة
Allah (Blessed and Almighty), He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. He, whose Mercy extends over everything. And His Mercy is manifested over the creations in general, and over human beings particularly.
SubhanAllah! Doesn’t it make you feel special? You, the one reading this, are under His special Mercy all the time! We can feel this if we ponder over it a little:
تتجلى ابتداءً في وجود البشر أنفسهم، وفي نشأتهم من حيث لا يعلمون، وفي تكريم الإنسان على كثير من العالمين
It is manifested in the beginning in the existence of humans themselves, and in their origin in terms of what they know not, and in honor of the human beings over many (creatures) in the worlds.
Yes, look at our existence, the way we’re born and brought up. Then the way everything in the universe is subjected for us; air, water, edibles that grow out of the earth, sun, moon, animals and well, the list is too long. In addition to all that, He gave us intellect and knowledge and the power to reflect. But the strange thing is that He gave us every single thing, from our breaths and heart beats to everything in nature, yet when we use any of these things in His obedience, He rewards us manifold, from ten to more than 700. If He didn’t reward us, even then it would have made sense, because He gave us everything. But even stranger is the fact that we forget Him and disobey Him! The audacity!
Stranger still is that He forgives us every single time we repent to Him truly. No, not only that, He even replaces our sins with good. Isn’t that weirdest of all? Isn’t that Mercy at its highest form?
And yet, people despair of His Mercy, they think He doesn’t care for them enough. They don’t repent, thinking that He won’t forgive them. They don’t make dua, thinking He doesn’t listen. I fail to understand those people. I go speechless!