#InTheLightOfRamadan Poem and PROSE by Alfurqan PRESS, Day 16
Suppose that a shopkeeper gives the key to his safe to an employee. The employee gives in to temptation and steals some money from the safe he is entrusted. The shopkeeper catches him red-handed. The shopkeeper can do three different things to the employee.
First, He scolds the employee, takes him to the police and sends him to jail. This is the act of punishing. The shopkeeper punishes his employee.
Second, the shopkeeper starts to talk to his employees. He starts to list his favors to him: “Did I not do you many favors? Did I not give you more money than your wages? Did I not look after you when you were in need? How did you do it despite all of the things that I did for you? Do you not have a heart? Do you not feel ashamed?” He utters many similar sentences like these ones and humiliates him. He taunts him and reminds him his favors. After that, he says, “I will not take you to the police. I will not punish you. This disgrace is enough for you. I forgive you.” This is the act of forgiving. With this act, the shopkeeper shows the reflection of Allah’s name, al-Afuww.
Third, He sees and knows about the theft of his employee but he does not tell him about it. He does not question him; he acts as if he does not know about it. He does not humiliate him. This act is not called pardoning but MERCY! With this act, the shopkeeper shows the reflection of Allah’s name: AL-GHAFFUR!
Allah Almighty treats His slaves in three different ways as it is described in the examples above. Sometimes, He punishes His slaves due to their sins and disobedience. This is the act of punishment by Allah. Sometimes, He does not punish His slaves both in this world and the hereafter due to his sins. However, He reminds His slaves of his sins on the Day of Judgment. He makes his eyes, ears and other organs speak and humiliates him. He humiliates him so much that the slave even wants to go to Hell to get rid of this humiliation as it is stated in the hadith.
As Muslims, the need to seek repentance of our iniquities from Allah is very important. He readily accepts it because He’s Oft-Forgiving afterwhich He blesses such person.
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