بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Today as I was praying taraweeh, the Imam recited this aya:
And it is He who sends the winds as good tidings before His mercy, and We send down from the sky pure water [Surat al-Furqan, 25:48]
This verse touched my heart. Even the winds are a mercy from Allah. Did we ever stop to thank Him for the cool breezes that touch our skin on warm days? Allah’s Mercy is in the subtleties of this universe.
This made me think of atheists and people who wonder why God ‘allows evil’. Most of the time, evil is the exception. Yet we choose the ‘bad’ to define our relationship with God. We are so drowned in blessings that we take them for granted- as though they are not from God. As soon as something bad happens, we think that God messed up what is the default. How does that even make sense? That good was God actively putting blessings in your life but we never attribute them to God. In the aya, Allah reminds us of mercies we don’t notice: these winds of mercy. So in actual fact kufr or disbelief is this ingratitude, this denial of the constant blessings in our lives because one or two or even three things went wrong. And don’t get me started on the concept of what is ‘bad’- how many of us have had seemingly bad things turn into the biggest blessings or teaching us lessons we would not have learned otherwise?
Our whole lives are a mercy. Feel the wind on your skin and and smile because you are a recipient of God’s mercy.