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In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Compassionate

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MERCY AND THE LOVE OF GOD: Foundations of Islam.  The Qur’an proclaims: “God, there is no deity except Him and his are the most beautiful names” (sura Taha, 20:8).  The Qur’an begins with the invocation: “In the name of God, the All Merciful, the Ever Compassionate” (sura al-Fatiha, the Opening, 1:1).  Ninety-nine are the names or attributes of God that we find in the Book of Islam.  The first one we find is precisely the name of the All Merciful, the attribute of infinite mercy.  al-Rahmaan: this is how God has chosen to present Himself to humanity.  The relationship between God and human beings is defined by mercy, the infinite mercy of the Creator of all that exists.  In another passage of the Qur’an, we read: “Among God’s signs is that He has created for you partners from within yourselves so that you find solace in them.  And He has put between you love and mercy.  Certainly, in this are signs for people who think” (sura al-Ruum, Chapter of the Romans, 30:21).  God created human beings out of love.  Thus, love and mercy are the values that define human relationships, as inspired by the Loving One, al-Waduud, one of the names or attributes of God.  Without love and mercy, human existence would not be possible.  Let us make a celebration of these divine values and take them as inspiration for our lives as individuals, as a group, as members of the great ummah, the universal community of Islam.  

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al-Rahmaan, the All Merciful, the source of all mercy.

al-Waduud, the Loving One, the one who gives love profusely.  

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During the month of January, classes with LALMA will take place at Masjid Umar ibn al-Khattab and Indonesian Muslim Community Center, in Los Angeles, y at ar-Rahman Islamic Center in Fontana.  Please visit our website (www.lalma.net) for specific dates and times.    

“We did not sent you except as mercy to the worlds”

 

(sura al-Anbiyaa’, chapter of the Prophets, 21:107)

“THE PROPHET OF MERCY”

César Domínguez

 

Prophet Muhammad, may God grant him peace and salvation, was known as the Prophet of Mercy.  The Qur’an defined him as such and cites many examples of the Prophet’s merciful behavior.  The second battle of Islam, the Battle of Uhud, resulted in defeat for the Muslim army, after the victory in the Battle of Badr. Among the reasons for the defeat were: overconfidence on the part of the Muslim soldiers because of the previous victory at Badr, negligence in disobeying the Prophet’s instructions given to a group of archers, and excess of greed at securing the spoils of war when victory seemed assured.  These transgressions were severe.  Nonetheless, Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet of Mercy, always chose peace and unity over punishment and displacement. 

 

The Qur’an stated:   “It was by God’s mercy that you were gente in your dealings with them.  Had you been harsh and hard of heart, they would indeed have broken away from you.  So, forgive and ask forgiveness for them.  And take counsel with them in public matters … then place your trust in God for, verily, God loves those who put their trust in Him” (sura al-Imraan, 103:159). 

 

 

It is highly significant how Prophet Muhammad not only pardonned the transgressors, but also asked forgiveness for them.  Such is the character of the real servant of God.  Forgiveness is only possible by way of mercy and love.  The true believer knows that judgment and the final outcome of all matters belong only to God.  This is real justice.  Let us remember what the Qur’an says:  “God loves those who put their trust in Him.”  This is the message we must seal in our hearts:  to injustice and transgression, respond with justice and mercy, and put our trust in God.   

 “O Allah, make us be attentive to your commands, be obedient and become sincere friends and companions to one another”

 

Words of Prophet Muhammad, may God grant him peace and salvation

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