Special Ramadan Series: ALLAH’S BLESSINGS ARE A PRIVILEGE
Part 1 of 4: DO NOT TAKE ALLAH FOR GRANTED
We take Allah for granted, even when we think we are doing good deeds (even this is not permitted). Do not think that you are doing anything. Allah is letting you do this. Coming together to do zikr [repeated remembrance with contemplation] is Allah’s grace. We are all together here, but it is only through Allah’s grace that we are here. It is Allah’s favor upon us that we are here talking about Allah.
“Surely this is an admonition: Let those who wish, take a path to their Rab! However, (you should know that) you cannot do it unless Allah so wills. Truly Allah is Alim [All-Knowing] and Hakim [Wise].” (Qur’an 76:29-30, translation by the author)
Allah has a consciousness. He created a form that can have the same consciousness so that they can know each other. Hence, He created us. Now Allah wants to communicate with us. He is giving you your consciousness from His consciousness. What is He showing us? He is showing us what He can do and what He is. He is showing us His qualities.
Why did Allah create us?
This is the most important thing in everyone’s life, the purpose. You have to know the purpose and not forget the purpose. Focus and purpose are parallel, maybe the same thing. You do not forget your purpose. In order not to forget it, you need to focus. It is very simple.
From the beginning, Mercy (Rahman) was there. “My mercy surpasses My wrath.” What does it mean? Mercy alone does not represent Allah, since Allah is not limited to mercy. He is more than that. So He calls it Muhammad. He likes His mercy more than His wrath. He is powerful and at the same time, He is kind. He likes His kindness and wants to be more kind than wrathful. That is why He gives us so many chances to behave, to learn more, to find the purpose and go toward the purpose.
We have not sent you except as a mercy for the creation.(Qur’an 21:107, translation by the author)