prepared from the teachings of
Shah Nazar Seyyed Ali Kianfar, Ph.D.
by Sarah Hasting Mullin, Ph.D.
with artwork by Salma Arastu
Ar-Rahman is a name only appropriate for God, as it describes the mercy, grace and the blessing of the Divine that is infused within every particle of existence. Everything in existence receives waves of Rahman by simply existing; this fact inherently demonstrates the Divine’s grace, mercy and constant provision. The Qur’an (Sura 55: 1-6) describes the allencompassing quality of Ar-Rahman: The most gracious! It is He Who has taught the Qur’an. He has created man: He has taught him an intelligent speech. The sun and the moon follow courses computed; And the herbs and trees—both bow in adoration.” All of creation is bathed in the rain of mercy and sustenance of the Divine. However, each living being demonstrates different degrees of capacity to receive Rahman and the ability to embody and reflect the mission, love and beauty of the Creator. The human being is unique for he or she has the potential to develop his or her capacity to understand and become aligned with the wisdom of
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