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Ar-Rahman, ar-Raheem, ar-Ra’uf: The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful, the Most Kind. Names of Allah Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII | Part XXIV | Part XXV | Part XXVI | Part XXVII | Part XXVIII All-Encompassing Mercy Her heart felt like it was being ripped apart.

Ar-Rahman, ar-Raheem, ar-Ra’uf: The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful, the Most Kind

She looked around her and could not find him. She started breathing more heavily. Her eyes scanned her surroundings desperately, where she could see soldiers and captives, until suddenly, she caught a glimpse of his tiny body. The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) describes this scene in a famous hadith (narration) to give us a glimpse into God’s mercy. This is a universal example, one that most people can understand- the mercy of a mother towards her child. Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem Ar-Rahman is the Entirely Merciful whose “All-inclusive mercy gives to both the worthy and unworthy. Ar-Ra’uf. Tawakkul: Reliance upon Allah. Thinking Well of Allah. How to Achieve Tranquility of the Heart Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX “I am as My servant’s opinion of Me.”

Thinking Well of Allah

(Bukhari) “Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (swt) probably hates me. I am so bad; I always mess up. The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. The Salah Series. (Mis)knowing Allah. By AbdelRahman Murphy At a program that I recently attended in the Midwest, I asked the audience of 150-plus young men a question that would be telling of the Islamic identity narrative in the west: “How many of you were raised thinking that Allah was angry at you?”

At least 90% of the room, in an unpleasant and uncomfortable manner, raised their hands in the air, confirming one of the worst possible realities that we are facing as Islamic workers in the west: the majority of Muslims, especially youth, see themselves as “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God.” The problem, as straightforward as it may seem, has far-reaching and complex implications. The most serious aspect, and the one I will address in this short discussion, is the erosion of faith into a sadly apathetic and borderline agnostic relationship between the worshipper and The Only One Worthy of Worship. “Say, “Oh My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Love. The Salah Series Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII | Part XXIV | Part XXV | Part XXVI | Part XXVII | Part XXVIII Love Khushoo’ in prayer increases as our love for Allah increases.

Love

Think of meeting with someone; when you meet with someone you love, what you feel in your heart is different than when you meet with someone you don’t love. We have mentioned in previous articles that love increases due to the beauty of the person, the character of the person, or what they have done for you; and Allah combines all of these to the maximum degree. Dealings with Allah Ibn Al-Qayyim says we can recognize the Mercy of Allah in how He speaks to His servants gently. “…O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Knowing. Beauty. The Salah Series Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII | Part XXIV | Part XXV | Part XXVI | Part XXVII | Part XXVIII The Highest Emotion.

Beauty

Thinking Well of Allah. Al-Jabbar: Mending the Broken Heart. How to Achieve Tranquility of the Heart Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX In our journey to gain tranquility of the heart, we explored what we need to know when faced with difficult situations.

We need to understand that Allah has told us we will be tested, that these tests are for a reason, and that there will be relief insha’Allah (God willing). When we are worried thinking about the future, we need to work hard but have full trust in Allah that He will not leave us, and we must always think well of Allah because that is what we will find. Yet in certain circumstances we just feel… broken. Perhaps it is the death of someone close, perhaps a hurtful word, or perhaps a reason we can not pinpoint. But isn’t al-Jabbar one of the Names that indicates Majesty and Strength, not Mercy and Beauty? “O Allah! Give Us Rest with It, O Bilal. How to Achieve Tranquility of the Heart Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX Before we embark on the next stage of this journey, I want to mention two things.

First, much of what you read here will not be radically new. The reason for that is that Allah (swt) has equipped us with ways to achieve tranquility of the heart, yet we seldom use them in that way. Therefore, these articles will be reminders of tools that we already have. As Allah (swt) says: “And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the believers.” Secondly, what is different, however, is that this article should be read in light of the things we need to know. Prayer – the Support of Faith How many of us seek refuge in prayer? If we are serious about wanting to achieve tranquility of the heart, we need to start with prayer. [13] Al-Bari. The All Knowing, the Most Wise. Names of Allah Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV When learning Allah’s Names, it is important to understand that Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) is not just one attribute at a time.

Just like if we describe our friend as firm and kind, it doesn’t mean that she is sometimes firm and sometimes kind. She is both at the same time. One attribute does not cancel out the other; rather they work in harmony. Al-Lateef. Names of Allah Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV Sometimes there is that one moment when someone says something that you need to hear. Perhaps you are sad, and your friend texts you randomly saying, “You know, I really wish you the best,” for no apparent reason. Or you are going through a difficulty and attend a talk, and the sheikh says something that particularly resonates with you—”Sometimes Allah tests you so you will call on Him.” How did these people know to say these things, to remind you of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (may He be glorified and exalted), when they had no idea what you were feeling or going through?

That is Allah al-Lateef—He who is Benevolent, Gentle and Subtle with His servants. “Al-Lateef, the Benevolent. In the dictionary, it is frequently defined as gentleness and also as something that is too tiny or too subtle to feel.