God and His Mercy
I have read with interest the question “With All My Sins, How to Be Mindful of God’’? and its answer given by IdrisTawfiq (Islamic Voice, March 2014) and wanted to write a few lines on his answer. The man who puts the question has kept his name concealed for the reason best known to him. However it is clear from the question that the man is despaired of the love and mercy of Allah especially on the Day of Judgement because of his all sins committed before reverting to Islam. If a person sincerely submits to Allah and acts upon the divine law as revealed on Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh), he/she makes himself/herself qualified for success and redemption (falah) in both worlds. The glorious Quran announces : ”Whoever submits his whole self to Allah and is doer of good, he shall get his reward with his Lord. On such shall be no fear nor shall he grieve.” (2:112). If any do deeds of righteousness, be they male or female and have faith (Iman), they shall enter the paradise” (4:124, 16:97).
It does not behove a Muslim to be despaired of the love and mercy of Allah as he surrenders to Allah and leads life in accordance with the divine law, and trusts in Him and accepts Him as his Protector for both worlds. When a man nurtures this notion in mind, he cannot be deprived of the love and mercy of Allah. When the sons of Prophet Jacob were disheartened for their sins committed, by making a conspiracy to slay Joseph, their half-brother, Prophet Jacob said: “Never give up hope of Allah’s soothing Mercy. Truly no one despairs of Allah’s soothing Mercy except those who have no faith (Iman) on Allah” (12:87).
More or less, every man commits sins on earth because of temptation of Satan. The Quran says that the Satan is the avowed enemy of humankind (2:208). If a person ever yields to the temptation of Satan and if he/she subsequently realizes the fault, he/she should not be despaired of the love and mercy of Allah. Rather he/she should sincerely repent for his/her wrong-doings and crave pardon from Allah. The holy Quran announces: “O Muhammad! Say: “O my servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah for Allah forgives all sins: for He is oft-Forgiving.”
Mohd. Abdus Samad