If the sun could whisper, it would ask you to take a sip of its rays, to step outside the confines of your home and appreciate the vast expanse of the world that it illuminates.
If you could hear the ocean’s song, you’d find it pleading for you to smile, to see more than just the tip of the iceberg, to look inward, outward, to look all around, and to appreciate the depths of beauty that swims all around us.
If you could hear the mountains roar, you would find yourself pausing, in sheer awe, at the power that they hold yet the gentleness with which they preserve life and reach into the sky to touch the clouds.
Yet despite all this,
The sun can burn.
The ocean can drown.
And mountains can indeed crumble.
Where, then, do they find the heart to hold back and instead provide, with unfathomable generosity, to all that lives on the earth?
If all of creation could speak, perhaps it would tell us, “Don’t you know? God’s mercy extends well beyond anything your eyes could ever see or your ears could ever hear. God’s mercy must be felt. Live in the moment and you’ll feel it in every breath that you take.”
We have signs all around us, not only of God’s might, but ever more greatly, of God’s mercy spread in every corner of the vastness that is this universe. We have signs that tell us of how far compassion can go – or perhaps just how limitless it is – and how “Rahmah” entails so much more than merely pitiful kindness.
Ar-Rahman is the one who has made possible such a quality, for us to appreciate in Him and to aim vigilantly to embody within ourselves. Be it the mother’s touch, the gentle shake of a hand, or a smile to a stranger, mercy is a grounding quality that elevates us in all that is good.
May Allah grant us the wisdom to find solace in his mercy, to be grateful for all that he has blessed us with, and to emulate the way of his beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, who was a mercy to all of mankind.