Merchant Marine

Some years ago, the story came to us in Toronto about a
man who was in the merchant marine and made his
living on the sea. A Muslim gave him a translation of the
Quran to read. The merchant marine knew nothing about
the history of Islam but was interested in reading the
Quran. When he finished reading it, he brought it back to
the Muslim and asked, “This Muhammad S.A.W, was he a
sailor?” He was impressed at how accurately the Quran
describes a storm on a sea. When he was told, “No as a
matter of fact, Muhammad S.A.W lived in the desert,” that was
enough for him. He embraced Islam on the spot.
He was so impressed with the Quran’s description because
he had been in a storm on the sea, and he knew that
whoever had written that description had also been in a
storm on the sea. The description of
“…a wave, over it a wave, over it clouds” (Surah Nur,
…was not what someone imagining a storm on a sea to be
like would have written; rather, it was written by someone
who knew what a storm on the sea was like. This is one
example of how the Quran is not tied to certain place and
time. Certainly, the scientific ideas expressed in it also do
not seem to originate from the desert fourteen centuries

His Mercy is our only constant

Allah Guides to His Light Whom He Wills.”

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir Raheem.


Allah’s (Most High) Rahma is infinite. In less than the blink of an eye, His Rahma (mercy) renews itself and further penetrates existence.

Take a moment.

Look at your hands – touch them. What do you feel? Smooth skin, bones, joints, and veins. Look how Allah (Most High) constructed your hands. The small veins of your hands lay on the service, while larger veins lay deeper. His Rahma is reflected in this, as if it were that your larger veins lay on the surface, you would be in grave danger of injury.

Take another moment.

Think about your sight. Allah (Most High) has limited your sight, but this limitation is His Rahma. If you were to see all that there was to see, you would not be able to even drink spring water from a store bought bottle, as all the microscopic elements of water would be transparent to you, moving around in the bottle.

Take yet another moment.

Think about your hearing. Allah (Most High), from His Rahma, has limited your hearing as well. Every process in your body makes as sound, but yet we are unable to hear the closest sounds to us! If our hearing was not limited, we would constantly imbued with sounds from within our own body.

We must think and reflect on His endless Rahma. His Rahma is our only constant, and the only constant that increases consistently; the more we think and reflect, the more we will begin to realize His all-encompassing Rahma.

May Allah (Most High) raise your maqam, and May He envelope you always in His Rahma.