[Al-Latif/ The Subtle]
In line with this divine name we all benefit from Allah’s numerous favours. Needless to add, He has provided us with a variety of material objects which stand out for their beauty, proportion and usefulness. Out of the same divine attribute we are blessed with mental, psychological and spiritual faculties, consciousness, insights and inclination for doing good. We therefore owe it to Him that we should act kindly towards everyone and help the needy in particular. “Allah is kind to His servants. He gives provision to whom He wills…” ﴾42.19﴿
Allah is gentle to people. He looks after them though they may not be aware of it. ‘Al Latif’ also means the All subtle. Sometimes Allah’s kindness comes in subtle ways; ways people may not discern. He may turn an anticipated calamity into a less harmful incident or even into a blessing. The Prophet Joseph, peace be upon him, had this to say when Allah turned his misfortunes to glory and happiness “Surely my Lord does what He wills in a subtle way.” ﴾12.100﴿
The All Subtle is also the One who cannot be apprehended by any means, while He sees even those things that seem to us invisible, like vision itself. “No vision can grasp Him, but He has grasp over all vision. He is the All-Subtle, the All-Aware.” ﴾6.103﴿
Thus our hearts and minds are open to Allah; He knows the most hidden thoughts and secrets. “Shall He who has created all things not know them all? And He is the All-Subtle, the All-Aware.” ﴾67.14﴿
This is the name to call when one is in hardship, asking for Allah’s gentleness and subtle intervention.
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