Divine Forgiveness

In the Radiance of Divine Love, Compassion and Forgiveness

Dear Community,

Peace to your hearts, bodies, minds and souls.

Congratulations to all of you, for we have just experienced a glorious and deeply subtle Night of Forgiveness. Congratulations to those of you who have offered the 100 Rakats of Forgiveness. Congratulations to those of you who have fasted. Congratulations to those of you who have prayed to the most Merciful of the Merciful. Congratulations to those of you who have asked forgiveness for themselves and others. Congratulations to those of you who see themselves as the other.

Through the grace of the Night of Forgiveness may Allah the Most Forgiving of the forgiving release us from our faults that have burdened us, and lighten our souls that have oppressed us, clear our minds from our delusions and our obsessions, elevate our spirits and call our hearts to nearness in His love, in Her love.

Divine forgiveness is the greatest, and there is no happiness without it. It represents Allah’s turning to us and showering us in divine pleasure, mercy and guidance. It is the gateway to everything. The divine forgiveness that comes pouring down in the Night of Forgiveness is immeasurable. It transforms our heart, heals our body, clarifies our mind, and alters our destiny. It elevates the station of humanity. The Night of Forgiveness is the golden gateway to the Ramadan and the clearing of our soul before opening to the great month of revelation that is the Ramadan. May Allah the Merciful always call us to be present and praying on the Night of Forgiveness, as well as on every other night of our life.

The Prophet, may he be showered in divine peace, was made to be aware of the most subtle shifts of his being and actions that might necessitate asking for forgiveness. As our awareness grows we can better see the movements in our own soul that need clearing or healing through turning to Divine mercy. In this way we remain in a continuous process of re-aligning to the vibration of love. So Divine forgiveness is not just our Beloved overlooking an act or a group of actions. This does happen, through the Name Ya Settar, many, many times, and mostly we are not aware of it. On a deeper level Allah’s forgiveness actually removes the root that gives rise to the veiling and the problems. So that suddenly, after a wave of forgiveness, one can feel a much vaster space within, more clarity, and an infusion of gratitude, sensitivity and love. And more humbleness. And a sense of wholeness and connectedness to the whole. And a sense of wellness all throughout one’s being. Or there might come tears and weeping and prostration.

We should run after Divine forgiveness as we would run after a great treasure. How great it is to be called to seek Allah’s forgiveness. Just this is a sign that we are already forgiven! Actually we were forgiven already in pre-eternity, but the divine adab of the Beloved requires for our happiness that we seek it here.

And of course we must ask forgiveness from all those people and creatures that we feel we have harmed or ignored. Without forgiving and asking for forgiveness there is no solution to life.

May we all be forgiven by the Best of those who forgive. And may we be among those who always forgive.

Fariha Fatima

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