Only what’s gentle is consistent

To think about it, the onset of day and night could have been abrupt ; the transition from day to night and vice versa could have been like the flick of a switch. But Allaah eases us into it through the dusk and dawn. That’s love. He could just slap us with the reality and truth and been like, deal with it. But no. He loves us through the process so that we don’t struggle. He never imposes Himself. The fact that people dispute His existence and truth while taking full advantage of what He’s created shows the extent of His love and that He doesn’t use His power to enslave us, though He could and would be in full right to.

وَقَالَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ لَوْلَا نُزِّلَ عَلَيْهِ ٱلْقُرْءَانُ جُمْلَةً وَٰحِدَةً كَذَٰلِكَ لِنُثَبِّتَ بِهِۦ فُؤَادَكَ وَرَتَّلْنَٰهُ تَرْتِيلًا

And those who disbelieve say: “Why is not the Quran revealed to him all at once?” Thus (it is sent down in parts), that We may strengthen your heart thereby. And We have revealed it to you gradually, in stages.

[al-Furqaan:32]

Those without love for the Truth demand it out of defiance. But a heart that doesn’t hold love first can’t receive the truth. You can’t receive the message if you don’t love the one dispatching the message. This is why dogma, fanaticism, and absolutism is detrimental to one’s faith. The truth is too powerful and unlimited to try to grasp all at once. People act as if feelings don’t matter in the face of the truth, that one should set the human nature aside to act as a sterile vessel but that’s missing the point entirely. Allaah loves to love. He loves to have mercy, to help, to guide, to support, to be there for us. It’s in His essence. We’re weak and imperfect because we need love. His love and any offshoot from that through His creation. If truth is the goal, love is the process.

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