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When things do not conform to plan, we feel that we have been abandoned and that the promises of aid missed us. Far from abandonment, the ‘delay’ in aid could be because the threshold of effort that Allāh expects is yet to be reached, although one may be only a few more inches away from it.
Your small boat may be able to take you to the edge of an ocean, but it cannot make you sail through it. Similarly, your mind may guide you to the Oneness of Allāh, but never will it be able to fully encompass His wisdom and endless subtleties upon you.
When we come across verses that end with the names of Allāh – and many a times the verse ends with a pair of names – we should not just simply read them and move on. Rather, we should stop and analyse them in order to understand why Allāh paired those specific two names together rather than providing a different combination. By doing this, we will be able to internalise the names of Allāh within our lives.
“If a person commits a sin for a limited amount of time,” some might ask, “how does this justify an eternity of punishment?” Maryam Iddir answers…