The 99 Most Beautiful Names
prepared from the teachings of
Shah Nazar Seyyed Ali Kianfar, Ph.D. by Sarah Hastings Mullin, Ph.D. Ar-Rahim is the Name of Allah that guides us to act correctly in order to grow and nourish the greatness within our hearts. To achieve and obtain the quality of Ar-Rahim, compassion, we must first be guided by Ar-Rahman, the mercy of God. When we acknowledge no source but the One Source, no reality but the One Reality, we open the potential of the human being within the heart. Before physical life, all potential creation exists within the realm of Rahmat, or spirit/energy. When something becomes named, or is distin-
guished as a specific creation, this demonstrates its movement from the realm of unity into the realm of manyness, or Rahim. Despite existing in this new realm of multiplicity, divine energy endures manifested within each creation. The human being and all creation innately contain a seed or breath of divinity that connects him to his origin, the station of unity. In this process, the Divine grants its energy, or Rahman, to each creature according to its potential. Rahim acts as a container for Rahman since each creation needs such support
to hold and appreciate this divine spark. While the human being exists in multiplicity, he becomes able to recognize unity as contrasted from multiplicity, and this knowledge is essential for his enlightenment. In this way Ar-Rahim is described as “The preparer of our salvation” because each creation, especially the human being, must learn how to correctly use his life to connect with his inner divinity. Ar-Rahim is also named “The Compassionate” as this energy is constantly supporting every creation to follow and appreciate its correct divine course.
Sarah Hastings Mullin, Ph.D is a member of the International Association of Sufism. She recently graduated from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto. She is a psychological assistant in Berkeley, gaining hours toward licensure. She works specifically with young adults, couples and with families after divorce. Sarah also holds a second-degree black belt in Aikido. 93
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