“And had it not been for the grace of Allah and His Mercy on you, [Allah would have hastened the Punishment]. And that Allah is ar-Ra’uf, Rahim.” (Surah an-Nur :20)
All praises be to Allah who is known by the Beautiful Name ar-Ra’uf, the Kind. The meaning of this Beautiful Name is similar to the meaning of His Names al-Barr, The Generous, al-Karim, the Kind, al-Jawwad, the Bestower of Good, ar-Rahman, the all-Merciful, ar-Rahim, the Most Merciful and al-Wahhab, the Bestower. All of these Names describe Allah’s Attributes of mercy, generosity and kindness. They point to the great expanse of His mercy and kindness, that encompasses all of His creation.
All of this mercy and kindness are bestowed in accordance with His infinite wisdom, perfect as it is. It is from His kindness that the believers have been specifically singled out for the blessing of Allah’s mercy. He tells us in the Qur’an:
“My mercy encompasses all things and I shall decree it for those who have taqwa.” (Al-A’raf :156)
SubhanAllah! Think of the infinite blessings that Allah in His kindness and mercy, has bestowed on you: health, wealth, free time, youth, life and so many more. Are we thankful for these blessings? Do we utilise them to please Allah?
It is also from His infinite kindness that He warns us about His own punishment, in order that we may protect ourselves from it. Allah tells us in the Qur’an:
“On the Day when every person will be confronted with all the good he has done, and all the evil he has done, he will wish that there were a great distance between him and his evil. And Allah warns you against Himself (His punishment) and Allah is full of kindness to (His) slaves.” (Surah Al-Imran :30)
How merciful is Allah? He warns us repeatedly of His punishment and how to avoid it. He sent Prophets and Messengers to advise us, He revealed His Book of guidance for us to read and He guides the hearts of those who seek Him sincerely. Do we have any excuse not to answer His call?
Let’s call on Him by His Beautiful name ar-Ra’uf, the Kind, and ask Him shower His infinite mercy on us and guide us to what is best. Ameen.