Monday, June 23, 2008

God's Benevolence and Severity | Being mindful of both


Man 'ashiq-e lutf o qahrash bi-jedd;
ay 'ajab man 'ashiq-i een har do zedd.

I am a lover of His Benevolence and Severity;
it's amazing that I am loving these opposites.
- Rumi

It is admittedly difficult to taste the rahma (mercy) lying within the core of the fruit of God's anger (ghadab/ghazab) or severity. So we seek refuge in the Sustainer of humanity, the Possessor of humanity, the God of humanity (Rabb in-nass, Malik in-nass, Ilah-in-nass), remembering that His mercy outstrips and is in fact the foreground for His severity (sabaqat rahmati ghadabi), remembering to seek refuge as did the Prophet Muhammad, may God's mercy be upon him, in God from God (audhu bi-ka min-ka).

- a precious comment made by 'Abd al-Haqq (Dr. Alan A. Godlas), may God be pleased with him, in Sufis without Borders Yahoo Group.

... I the Lord, your God Am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject Me, but showing steadfast benevolence love to the thousandth generation of those who love Me and keep my commandments.

- part of Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:5,6

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