Published on February 6th, 2019 | by Eaalim Institute | Views: 249
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You know, we use this word all the time
We say (Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem)
We say Fatiha all the time:
(Alhamdu lillaahi Rabbil ‘aalameen) (Qur’an 1:2)
(Ar-Rahman, Ar-Raheem) (Qur’an 1:3)
We use the word all the time
But what does it mean?
Can anybody give me an English translation that you’ve read before?
Some people use “Beneficent”, right?
I don’t know, “beneficent”, have you ever used “beneficent” in a conversation with anybody before?
You don’t normally use the word “beneficent” in conversation, yes?
The purpose of translation
The purpose of translation is so you and I can understand
And translation should be with words that you can actually use
That you actually relate to
If you translate with words that you can’t relate to
Then it defeats the purpose of translation
It defeats the purpose
And the other problem is
The easier word is “Merciful”
“Merciful” is easy to understand for most people who understand English
They know the word “merciful”
But the problem with the word –
There’s also a problem with this word –
is that it’s actually different from the word “Rahma”
“Mercy” is different from the word “Rahma”
And I first want to explain that difference to you
“Ar-Rahma” in Arabic comes from a few things, one of them is “Ar-Rahm”
“Ar-Rahm” is the stomach of the mother
When a woman is pregnant, her stomach is called “Rahm”
And it’s called “Rahm” because that baby is taken care of in every way
The child inside the “Rahm” of the mother is taken care of in every way
Now there’s a relationship between the mother and the child
Does the child know the mother?
Does the mother already know the child? Something about the-
Does she already have love for the child?
Does the child have love for the mother yet?
Is the mother taking care of the child already?
Yes! In every way.
In every way!
The entire world of the child is taken care of by the mother
And the child has no idea
that he is loved so much
that the mother is willing to do so much for this child
and protect it from every danger
protect it from every danger
You know, the-
Normally, human beings when they protect themselves
When they protect themselves, we protect our head
We protect our bodies
But a mother, before she protects anything else, what will she protect?
Her stomach, when she’s expecting
She’s going to be extra careful not to walk in a narrow place
or to stay away from corners at the table, you know?
She’s going to take extra caution
That word gives birth to the word “Rahma”
“Rahma” is not the same as “Mercy”
Because “mercy” in English is used when you spare someone
Like, for example, I was going to beat you up but I showed you mercy
Which means you were expecting punishment
And when I decided not to punish you, that means I showed you mercy
Maybe a police officer stops you on the road
The police man comes over to you
“Hey! You don’t know the speed limit?!”
“No, I was reciting Surat Ar-Rahman, sorry, I just-“
“OK, OK, I’ll show you mercy, no ticket for you”
I don’t know if that’s going to happen, don’t try it
You were expecting punishment, yes?
You were expecting a ticket
and then you used the word m- “Oh, he showed me mercy”
meaning “He let me go”
In other words, in the English language, most of the time when we use the word “mercy”
We’re actually thinking about punishment
And then the punishment went away and we thought about mercy
But the word “Rahma” has nothing to do with punishment
The word shouldn’t even cross your mind, the thought shouldn’t even cross your mind
It has to do with complete care and love
Someone who has compassion towards you
Someone who wants to soft and easy with you
Someone who wants to make things delicate for you
They understand that you should be handled with care
You know, there are people who deal with other people delicately, nicely
And then there are people who are not very delicate, not very nice
Sometimes you want to get a visa to some country and the person you have to deal with is not very nice
They don’t have “Riqqa” (softness, gentleness)
But if they have “Rahma”, they treat you with repsect
They start with “Salaam”
They say “I’ll do everything I can to help you”
And you can notice they care about you
You’re trying to do Hajj (pilgrimage) or something and they care about you
They’re showing that “Riqqa” (gentleness), that’s Rahma!
When Allah calls Himself “Ar-Rahman”, He is saying that He loves you
He is saying that He cares for you
He is saying that He understands that you are very delicate and you must be handled with careAnd Allah will take care of every matter that you have.
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