Bismillah arRahman arRahim
Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim, Ya Wadud
O You Who Are Infinite Compassion,
how could we conceive
of the vastness of Your Love?
Every day you nourish us,
every day You support our limbs
as we move through this space
You have given us;
and those whose portion
has become stillness,
yet, inwardly, may travel vast distances.
Your Sun shine’s each day upon us all,
whether in remembrance
Your compassion holds our hearts
and would inform us
if we would but pause
to receive Your Knowledge—
and the rains come pouring
into these hearts
when we have opened
in thirst these throats
ready to receive Your Mercy,
clear water for those who are longing.
You return us to our origin—
and everything was created from water—
Your Mercy comes to know Itself in us,
until Rahman is seated upon the throne of the heart,
so that the radiance of that Sunshine
might fill these fragile bones
with strength from the depths
and the heights
of Your Loving,
that like the Prophet Muhammad
we might, also,
become a mercy to the worlds.
For, Truly, those who have faith
and do the deeds of wholeness and healing
the Infinitely Compassionate will endow with love.
~ Camille A. Helminski “Love’ville” 2016
Ya Rahman, O Infinitely Compassionate One
Ya Rahim, O Infinitely Merciful One
Ya Wadud, O Infinitely Loving One
We made out of water every living thing.[21:30]
O Our Sustainer! You embrace all things within Your Compassion and Knowledge.
Forgive then those who turn in repentance and follow Your Path.[40:7]
Say: “Call upon God, or call upon the Infinitely Compassionate: by whichever name you invoke
Him/Her, His/Hers are all the Most Beautiful Names1.”[17:110]
Your Sustainer has willed upon Himself/Herself the law of Compassion and Mercy.[6: 54]
To all who stand in awe, a revelation from Him/Her who has created the earth and the high heavens,
the Infinitely Compassionate One, established on the throne of His/Her almightiness.[20:3-4]
To God belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. And all things return to God
Who merges night into day and merges day into night and knows completely the secrets of hearts.[57:6]
My Mercy overwhelms everything.[7:156]
Truly, those who have faith and do righteous deeds the Infinitely Compassionate will endow with love.[Surah Maryam 19:96]
1 Al Asma al-Husna, “The Most Beautiful Names,” all the attributes of perfection, the qualities of the Divine that manifest throughout this creation in all their interplay and assist us in coming to know that Truth of Compassion and Mercy. The root word in Arabic for both Compassion (Rahman) and Mercy Rahim) is the trilateral root word for “womb,” and all but one of the Surahs of the Qur’an begin with the phrase, In the Name of God, the Infinitely Compassionate and Merciful (Bismillah arRahman arRahim), encouraging us to recognize how we and all the stories of our lives and that of creation are held within the womb of God’s nurturing Love.