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manifestations of tawheed in the comprehensiveness of the mercy and forbearance of allaah the almighty:

forbearance and mercy are attributes of allaah the almighty, and when you read the authentic hadeeth, (narration) in which the prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  allaah exalt his mention ), said: “whoever performs hajj without having sexual relations, and without committing disobedience returns free of sin as he was on the day when his mother gave birth to him” you will know for sure that sins do not harm allaah the exalted, and acts of obedience do not benefit him. the forbearance and mercy of allaah the almighty are so great, that when people in their sixties and seventies stand at his door shedding tears, showing regret over the sins that they had committed, and turning in repentance to their lord, asking him for forgiveness, he pardons them and transforms their sins into good deeds. what a great and indescribable bounty!
if one contemplates the greatness of our lord, allaah the almighty, one would recognize the value of this life. this life becomes meaningless if one fails to recognize the greatness of his lord. and whoever knows allaah the exalted, would draw near to him sincerely, fear and revere him perfectly, as allaah is the benevolent and forbearing lord.
whole nations exceed all limits in disobeying him, and then he forgives them and transforms their sins into good deeds.
he not only forgives, but also transforms the sins into good deeds...exalted is allaah the almighty, the benevolent.
when the slave recognizes the greatness of allaah the exalted in his mercy, forbearance and bounty, he will feel that he is well as long as he is with allaah the almighty.
the slave of allaah would also feel that as long as all these nations supplicate to allaah the almighty at the same moment and he sees and hears all of them, then, allaah the almighty will have mercy upon him like them and that he will be gracious to him, as he is to them. all that one is required to do is to believe in allaah the almighty and surrender to him. this way, even if anything afflicts him, he will still think good thoughts regarding allaah the almighty.
thinking good thoughts about allaah the almighty is one of the benefits of hajj. when you see all those people and you know for sure that allaah the almighty has pardoned and had mercy upon some of them, or even all of them, as nothing is impossible or greater than the mercy of allaah the almighty, you will have hope that allaah the almighty has forgiven you too. a prostitute from the children of israel, may allaah ‎the exalted protect all of us, passed by a dog whose tongue was lolling out and he was eating moist earth from extreme thirst. she pitied that dog, filled up her leather sock with water and quenched the thirst of the dog. allaah the almighty thanked her and forgave her sins -- just because of a drink of water.  
a man passed by a branch of a tree leaning over a road and decided to remove it, saying to himself, `by allaah! i will remove it from the way of muslims so that it would not harm them.' because of this, he was admitted to paradise and saved from hell.
he is really a great and mighty lord and the slave possesses nothing better than thinking good of him.
hence, it was narrated in the authentic hadeeth that allaah the almighty said, “i am as my slave thinks i am, so if thinks of me well, he will find but good and if he thinks of me ill, he will find what he thought of.”
thus, whoever thinks ill of allaah the almighty (we seek refuge with allaah from that) will suffer the greatest loss. those who spend their times begging trees, stones and graves exalting the dead and ascribing to them attributes that must not be given except to  allaah the almighty  are losers, because they have mistrusted allaah the almighty and failed to recognize his greatness. if they had known him, they would not have asked anything from anyone other than him. we supplicate to allaah the almighty to protect and save us.
consequently, when the slave thinks good of allaah the almighty, allaah will forgive and have mercy upon him.
we beseech allaah the great, the lord of the great throne, to forgive and pardon all of us.
 
manifestations of tawheed on the day of an-nahr (slaughter of sacrificial animal on thul-hijjah 10)
on the day of an-nahr that allaah the almighty describes as the day of al-hajj-ul-akbar (greater hajj), pilgrims of hajj throw the pebbles of jamrat-ul-aqaba (the major jamrah). as they do this, they remember one of the incidents experienced by the leader of muslims, prophet ibraaheem (abraham  may  allaah  exalt  his  mention) – the prophet whose monotheistic faith in allaah the almighty was tested by allaah. ibraaheem, my allaah exalt his mention, was truthful and allaah the almighty rewarded him. all the rituals of hajj remind one of prophet ibraheem  may  allaah  exalt  his  mention. ibraaheem  may  allaah  exalt  his  mention was an exemplar of faith and submission to allaah the almighty.
on the day of an-nahr, a muslim pilgrim starts the day with throwing the pebbles of jamrat-ul-aqba, at sunrise. this brings to minds the memory of ibraaheem  may  allaah  exalt  his  mention when he saw a vision that he was slaughtering his own son. what a test that was! ibraaheem  may  allaah  exalt  his  mention had been tested regarding his homeland; so he migrated for the sake of allaah the almighty. when ibraaheem  may  allaah  exalt  his  mention did that, allaah the almighty compensated him with the holy land of makkah. he had also been tested regarding his family and kin and he parted with them for the sake of allaah the almighty. when he did that, allaah the almighty blessed him with offspring consisting of prophets and messengers. then, allaah the almighty tested him regarding his son; ibraaheem, may allaah exalt his mention, was supposed to slaughter his own son and the apple of his eye. speaking of that incident, allaah the exalted, says (what means): {“and when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, "o my son, indeed i have seen in a dream that i [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think." he said, "o my father, do as you are commanded. you will find me, if allah wills, of the steadfast." } [quran 37:102]

have you seen how staunch their faith in tawheed was and how they submitted to the command of allaah the almighty? he was still young, but when asked to give his life up he accepted for the sake of allaah. allaah the almighty says (what means):{he said, "o my father, do as you are commanded.} [quran 37:102]. he did not brag about being brave or strong, but he relied on allaahby saying(what means): {you will find me, if allaah wills, of the steadfast.}[quran 37:102]may allaah exalt the mention of ismaa`eel (ishmail). he was ready to give his life up in submission to allaah the almighty. how great this was! for their sincere tawheed and submission, allaah the almighty ended their ordeal.




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