“Al-Rehman”, one of the most significant and dynamic characteristics of the Almighty “ALLAH” Who continues to shower His blessings irrespective of our beliefs and sins. GOD spoke to man through his messengers, who delivered His message for the betterment of mankind.
The greatest Prophet HAZRAT MUHAMMAD (PBUH) said, “I’m leaving behind you a book, revealed by GOD, The QURAN which is light and guidance”. When we open this book it begins with Bismillahirrahmanirrahim, “In the name of ALLAH the most beneficent, the most merciful”. This verse contains three important aspects;
(a) The real and ultimate name of GOD is ALLAH
(b) ALLAH is very caring to the extent of infinity, there are no parameters to judge the level of His mercy and love
(c) He has created this life and made a constitution for the creation to follow it, so that the followers enjoy His mercy and love, both in the world and hereafter
This particular verse was always given as a gift to every Prophet and when it was revealed to HAZRAT ESA (A.S.), GOD said, “Before you this verse was always given to the Prophets but now this verse will become a gift for the Ummah of my last and beloved Prophet HAZRAT MUHAMMAD (PBUH)”; and it happened like that, not only this verse but 6666 sacred verses became a gift for the Ummah. The Prophet HAZRAT MUHAMMAD (PBUH) said, “the QURAN is light and guidance”. All the Muslims have been advised to recite this verse before initiating any work. When HAZRAT SULEMAN (A.S.) did so, every time he conquered what he wished; look at the power of this sacred verse, the name of ALLAH “AL-REHMAN”. The entire life form demonstrates the continuous practical example of His mercy, care and concern. GOD created a couple, Adam and Eve, to continue the process of mankind. While describing the level of His mercy and love, He gave the reference of motherhood and said that His love is more than 70 times that of a mother. Now see this universal truth of motherhood, it has remarkable similarity besides the difference of colour, race, beliefs and languages.
The feelings of motherhood is also a dynamic dimension of The Almighty. GOD said, “Man is the best creation”. Now, when a child is born, the feelings of motherhood are generated in that woman. Who does so? only the ultimate mother, the one and the only Almighty ALLAH. The mother loves her baby irrespective of colour and feature. Similarly, ALLAH loves all His creations, but as regard superlative degree of liking, the Quran says “Man is the best creation”.
A mother takes care of her baby in all respects ignoring all consequences. GOD knows all about the future but stands with His best creation, ignores his various sins and keeps on guiding him for a positive life. GOD advises all the mothers to follow the constitution, by doing so, the power of The Almighty will make their hearts like magnets of gigantic magnitude which will surely inculcate positive approach in their children. GOD has attributed Himself to a mother Who is always there to help any one who seeks help and forgive any one who realises and extends apology.
Living in this mortal world, all what we require are the blessings of ALLAH. AL-Rehman is the most redeeming aspect of His blessings. In the Holy Book of QURAN there is a full fledged Surah “AL-REHMAN” in which He describes this particular characteristic of AL-REHMAN. It is only “Al-Rehman” Who created the entire form of life and the universe, takes care of every one, teaches what human knows not, reveals the treasure beneath the water, gives the sense of command to control the sources and energies, breeds ideas in human minds to generate technology and gives wisdom to unfold the mysteries. In this particular Surah “AL-REHMAN”, GOD has graphically talked about His ultimate powers, the delicacy of His creation beyond human imagination and approach.
The entire message of The Almighty was beautifully delivered by His beloved Prophet HAZRAT MUHAMMAD (PBUH). When he (PBUH) died, many of his followers could not believe,”how can such a man die!”. But HAZRAT ABU BAKAR SIDDIQUE (RA), one of his (PBUH) best friends, stood up in the mosque and defined the philosophy of mortality, “If any one worshipped Muhammad (PBUH), let him know that Muhammad (PBUH) is dead but he who worships GOD, let him know that GOD is alive and can not die”.
The Prophet (PBUH) spent his entire life in projecting the particular aspect of “surrender to GOD and love for humanity”. Absolute submission is the key to success in both the worlds. Submission means to surrender, to acknowledge someone as the most superior one and care for what He desires. As the Holy QURAN says,”Man and Jinn are created to worship ALLAH”.
In-fact, worship breeds recognition of someone and when we concentrate in our heart and feel the presence of GOD, it generates fear and respect at the same time; as the Holy Prophet HAZRAT MUHAMMAD (PBUH) said, “you are all descendent of Adam and the best among you is he who regards the GOD most”. Look at the word “regard”, It projects fear of GOD. It means, those who feel GOD, not only around them but also in their hearts, GOD is always with them and they really enjoy His blessings which strongly eliminate negativity.
Islam has given us the best principles of life and the main emphasis is to generate positive thinking. The material world has deprived us of this precious blessing. The reckless and inhuman attitude has given birth to a negative approach which has entangled us all in mental, physical, psychological and spiritual catastrophes. The most chronic diseases have captured our bodies and instead of seeking the blessings of ALLAH, we are seeking shelter of antibiotics, ignoring the Master and putting our lives in jeopardy. Restlessness, dissatisfaction, discontentment and dejection is taking control of our mind and heart. The stability and tranquility of life is vanishing. What will be left? nothing except savage and barbarian attitudes, killing and looting one another and ignoring all norms of Islamic ideology.
Such acts generate the most negative approach which creates disharmony among the body and the soul. Now, no medicine or any intellect can cure this evil, except the mercy of The Almighty. We only have to realise, think deeply in our hearts, recall our sins, repent firmly and then extend apology. GOD is really very kind and merciful, He forgives us once we truly realise. Quran says, “This sacred Book is “shifa” for its followers”. So it is only ALLAH Who gives “shifa” and when we talk about “shifa” it has multiple dimensions; physical, mental and spiritual.
Ever since the revelation of Quran, lives of billions of people have changed. The biggest example which comes forward is the life of Hazrat UMAR (RA) who came to assassinate The Prophet (PBUH) but on hearing the recitation of few verses, his mind changed and he accepted Islam and became a great Muslim leader and true companion of The Prophet (PBUH). There are numerous examples of people who converted after listening to the recitation of The Holy Quran. The Quran has the power to change every thing provided we seek help from this sacred book and listen to it with greater concentration.