Why Despair in God’s Mercy is a Great Sin. By Dr. Nabi Raza Abidi
"Reaching out to God with a simple prayer can be the beginning of a lifelong relationship with Him as God desires to commune with all His creation. As Muslims, we believe that God permeates all of existence. There is nowhere that is empty of God. If that is the case, then how can we speak of a separation between us and God? How can a relationship begin if God is always there with us?
When we speak of separation between us and God, we are not referring to an existential separation, but a separation of our minds, wills and hearts from God. In other words, we are talking about a mental break from God. Although He sustains us in all aspects of our being, our minds are heedless of His presence.A simple prayer that stems from the heart begins the process of ending man’s cycle of heedlessness (ghaflah) of God and into a mindful and meaningful relationship with Him (īmān)."
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