Rabiah Kas`id is someone with a sound-mind & a kind-heart. He’s someone whom I’ve known for a very long time, I’d say, about a decade, at least. He has grown, into a person of great knowledge, wisdom, understanding, about Islam, as well as the world around him. Here’s some of the elements of his positive-qualities, which I’ve just mentioned before, in a simple, yet powerful, and enlightening write-up, concerning the recent tragedy, known as the Boston-Bombings.
The Arabic word fadl is mentioned in supplications in the context of referring to Allah’s grace and favor.
The literal meaning of the word fadl is “surplus”. It is used to describe something that is given without any payment in return.
When we say something is “fadl from Allah”, we mean it is given by Allah without being deserved by the receiving party. Allah gives us rewards for our good deeds and increases our blessings and providence purely out of His generosity, magnanimity, and grace.
When we ask our Lord for His grace or favor (fadl), we are asking Him to give us something even though we do not deserve it. It is our recognition that what Allah gives us is out of Allah’s generosity and from His favor.
Allah says: “And if Allah had destroyed men for their iniquity, He would not leave on the earth a single creature” [Sûrah al-Nahl: 61]
A reflection on the Boston Marathon Event:
Anyone else was hoping that the people involved were white and not Muslim. We all know the reaction then would have been to refer to it as a lone wolf as opposed the act of a group of people/Deen and that another Muslim land couldn’t possibly be in the crossfire in the near future, as was Iraq and Afghanistan. Also there is the likelihood of additional of domestic policies and actions that infringe on the basic lives of others similar to that of a decade ago and counting. So that could include an increase of already existing scaled surveillance and profiling of Muslims. There will also likely be additions to matters such as the patriot act, and an increase in in funding of related federal agencies which will both curb civil liberties further. Immigration reforms are also to be affected if they turn out to be immigrants even if they happened to be legalized.
If not then there is public image involved, although if 9/11 is any indication some people will still examine Islam fairly and may even be more eager because of the new focused attention. The brothers and sisters who may have not been the most practicing would be included in that regard of also examining and better embracing their Deen to be better examples in the public eyes.
Finally, it only fair to at least bring up the West Texas fertilizer plant explosion. This is so as more people died and were injured there and the collateral damage was so severe that some people lost their homes and school there just opened today (April 22, days after the incident) yet it got much less coverage. How unbalanced can mainstream news be to not at least give this event the same coverage as the Boston marathon event?