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The Mercy of Allah (God)

God Almighty is full of love and kindness to His creation. All blessings and goodness in this world and the next are clear proofs of His Mercy. Indeed, Islam teaches that God is more merciful toward us than our own mothers. How can it be otherwise, when some of God’s names and attributes include:

These names all indicate that God is characterized by mercy, goodness and generosity. They testify to the vastness and perfection of His Mercy, which He blesses all of His creation. This same creation is addressed by God, when He says, “O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as the earth.”

Throughout life, people continually receive Allah’s blessings, be it good health, sight, hearing, nourishment, clean air, children, wealth and countless others. Some use their God-given gifts of intelligence and reasoning to acknowledge these blessings, grasp the purpose of their existence, and thereby submit themselves to Allah. Others, however, do not appreciate the Mercy of Allah toward their own selves, even though He feeds and sustains them despite their disobedience toward Him. They are given mobility, enjoyment, freedom of thought and action, despite their outright denial of Him. Their very existence would not be, were it not for the Mercy of Allah.

Ultimately, everyone has the free will to acknowledge their blessings, use them in a manner ordained by Allah (the Lord of mankind) and worship Him alone. Below, we have outlined a glimpse of such blessings, because

“... if you were to try and count the favours of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”

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Pinterest is dangerous.

We repin photographs of beautiful houses, well-organized offices, tidy laundry rooms, and always-made beds. It's pornography. We lust after these images. We want them to exist in our reality. We want to come home to perfection. We want everything to fit neatly in this little square, and we want other people to affirm it.

We do the same thing in church.

We really want the gospel to fit into this neat little package, a logical equation that always has the same outcome. This, too, is dangerous. We run the risk of robbing people of unique and individual experiences with God.

There's this guy who's been demon possessed for a long time, and he gets these seizures. He lives out in the middle of nowhere and Jesus finds him. He rids him of these evil spirits and restores the man to right mind and health. The man begs Jesus to let him follow him. And you know what? Jesus says no. He tells the man to go back home and tell everyone what God did for him.

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