Friday, October 22, 2010

“Allah, the Merciful”

The Holy Book says Allah is merciful.
The word of the Prophet—peace be upon him—is always true
so I affirm this as an article of our faith.

Still, I wonder about this “mercy” thing.
I know my Beloved pretty well, and just between you and me,
I have never seen an occasion that requires it of Him.

I have never seen Allah angry (although I have been angry with Him many times).
I have never seen Allah jealous, nor vengeful, nor cruel, nor punishing.
I have never seen Allah force anyone to cower before Him, pleading for her life.

So why all this talk of mercy?

Listen to Najat: Lovers forgive.
Mercy is only required
of gods unworthy of your worship.

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