Thursday, May 25, 2006

Cornerstones: Hope & Trust in God...

Peace, one and all...
May the Blessings and Mercies of God be with you too!
I was recently reading Shaykh Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani's Bashair al-Khariat ('Glad Tidings of Good Things') and was struck by its simplicity and its beauty. Consequently, I wanted to post an excerpt here. Or, rather, I wanted to post one its own excerpts from the Quran.
Amidst the worries and strife of this fleeting world, it's not always easy to keep hold of hope. Personally, I find that I can't help thinking of my own sins and so fear seems to predominate at present. Islam aims to develop the tension between fear and hope for a creative purpose and so, it's good to reflect on the mercy of God (the Glorified and Exalted).
The following extracts are one of many Quranic passages quoted by Shaykh Abd al-Qadir (may Allah sanctify his secret):
Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim...
'And give glad tidings to the believers,
wa bashshiri l-muminin.
(2:223)

And that Allah does not waste
wa anna llaha
the wage of the believers.
la yudiu ajra l-muminin'.
(3:171)
Allah! Allah! What beautiful words: everything we do is noted, and God doesn't allow our rewards to be lost.

'[There are signs for] those who remember Allah,
alladhina yadhkuruna llaha qiyaman
standing and sitting and on their sides,
wa quudan wa ala junubi-him
and who reflect upon the creation of the heavens
wa yatafakkaruna fi khalqi s-samawati
and the earth: Our Lord, You have not
wa l-ard: Rabba-na ma khalaqta
created this in vain. Glory be to You!
hadha batila: subhana-ka
So guard us against the torment of the Fire.
fa-qi-na adhaba n-nar.
(al-Quran al-Karim 3:191)

Glory to Allah indeed! Here's a couple of pictures of some of God's wonders. It was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (from the Great Images in NASA website):
Ma'as salama,
An awe struck Abdur Rahman
(the faulty 'Servant of the Most Merciful')

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