Lecture by Dr. Reza Shah Kazemi (Research Fellow at IIS London)
Notes taken at Misbah-ul-Islam lecture at Aga Khan University on December 16, 2009
Rehma-Divine mercy is the very substance and nature of God. Its qualities of love and compassion are built in within the core of our very being. (“My Mercy encompasses all things”–7:156), which bind us “as a single soul” (31:28).
On the human plane, “compassion”–the capacity to feel and be with (com) the other in their “suffering” (passio)–expresses not just human sentiment but also its spiritual presentiment; compassion arises first and foremost out of one’s innate sense of interconnected oneness of all human beings…And this unity of humanity is itself a reflection of the oneness of God.
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