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The “blessings” in the Quranic conception

By His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra)

In the Holy verses, the term “blessed” occurs [several times] to describe the Quran. Much controversy arose on the nature of such blessing; is it concrete and subjected to the rule of cause and effect in the sense of leading to prosperity and materialistic and practical benefit, as came in the interpretation of the following Ayah: “And He hath made me blessed,” (19:31); i.e. a benefit to the people, or is it moralistic and spiritual in a way that it opens up to man’s spiritual aspect through the abundant graces and blessings of kindness and mercy Allah bestows upon man, as mentioned in the Ayah which entails the conversation between Ibrahim and the angels: “the grace of Allah and His blessings on you”?!

This explicitly signifies that Allah bestows abundant blessings on life and His servants, both materialistic and moral, which provides them with the graces necessary for the continuity and progress of their lives or the satisfaction of their pleasure and desires which endows them with joy, clarity, purity, tranquility and serenity and makes them worthy of Allah’s satisfaction and pleasure.

Still, the question that keeps coming up is: Do the divine blessings that Allah bestows upon man surpass the natural causes and laws that govern our world? If Allah wants to increase one’s sustenance, does that mean that He does so without the need for the causes of sustenance Allah set in life, or does it take place through those causes, in the sense that Allah employs those causes to perform their role in producing good for man in a way that conforms with his bodily and moral needs and realizes his goals without any state of corruption or loss?!

Allah’s interference in the course of blessings in man’s life does not cancel these causes or annul their impact, for they constitute a part of the Divine law He had set in this world with regard to the movement and existence of things. Rather, it [Allah’s interference] empowers these causes and reinvigorates them, and in certain cases it provides them with hidden potentials. The writer of “Al-Mizan” book of Quranic interpretation, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Tabataba’i, says that the impact of Allah’s interference in the course of things conforms with the very nature of things in a way that does not lead to any contradiction or cancellation [of any law]…

Allah, the Most Exalted, is the Ultimate Guardian of all things and He is the One Who takes care of them and makes them grow and prosper be they moral or materialistic. Thus, the blessing is one of the features of Allah’s mercy and kindness and a means through which He takes care of the human reality which is one of the reflections of His godliness over the entire universe. He is the One capable of making them come true whether by the natural causes or others, according to His wisdom and way of assessing matters and watching over man and life.

[(Interpretations) inspired from the Holy Quran]