Pearl of Wisdom
'Whoever is not capable of performing actions to expiate his sins should abundantly send blessings on Muhammad and his household for verily this completely eradicates sins.'
Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Ridha [as]
Amali al-Saduq, p. 131, no. 123
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"... surely my Lord is benignant to whomsoever He pleases; surely He is the Knowing, the Wise" (Quran, 12:100).
"Al-Lateef" is one of Allah's Attributes derived from extreme kindness and compassion in a way which no human faculty can ever fathom.
Al-Lateef continuously pours His blessings unto His servants; His actions are good and beautiful. This Attribute also means: the One Who cannot be sensed by human senses or those of all other beings, who knows hidden and minute matters.
Al-Lateef has combined in Him terse and wise compassion as well as minute and detailed knowledge of all affairs and of the means to make them reach whomsoever He pleases from among His creation.
Al-Lateef pleases His servants when He removes the clouds of His wrath away from them, the One Who is compassionate towards His servants even in matters related to His decree; He knows all hidden matters. He is the One whose knowledge encompasses everything minute regarding all facts. His will is carried out, the will whereby He protects His creatures. He knows the most intricate of details relevant to interests and their obscurities; He gently makes them reach their destinations.
He is Most Kind and Compassionate to His servants even when they are not aware of it; He manages their affairs and wishes everything good for His servants. He desires their ease and makes for them the means of righteousness and goodness attainable. He eases everything difficult, who joins everything broken. Allah has said, "Does He not know, being the One Who created (everything and everyone)?! He knows the subtleties; the One Who is ever-Aware (of everything)" (Quran, 67:14).
One of the signs of His kindness towards His servants is that He has given them more than enough and required them to do less than what they can, thus making the achievement of eternal happiness attainable by easy endeavor during a short period of time, i.e. one's life-span, which is too short to be compared with the eternity of the hereafter.
Al-Lateef has conceived everything within the framework of its own antithesis. Allah, for example, hid for prophet Joseph the prominence of authority in the garb of slavery till he himself eventually came to say: "... surely my Lord is benignant to whomsoever He pleases; surely He is the Knowing, the Wise" (Quran, 12:100).
A man was taken once to prison although he was innocent of the charge, so he kept repeating Joseph's invocation saying, "... surely my Lord is benignant to whomsoever He pleases; surely He is the Knowing, the Wise" (Quran, 12:100).
A young man came to him during one night and said to him, "Stand up so that I may get you out of your jail." The man asked the youth how he could get out since the doors were all locked, but the youth ordered him for the second time to stand up. He walked with the young man till he got out of town, then he said to him, "Recite: `Surely my Lord is benignant to whomsoever He pleases; surely He is the Knowing, the Wise" (Quran, 12:100).