The Compulsiveness Of Divine Grace

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadThe Tarjuman al-Qur’an1968

Philosophy points out that the urge of Nature is to aim at form and beauty. Form demands proportion, and beauty demands harmony. The two constitute the compulsive law of life. But the question arises: Why this compulsiveness? Why harmony, and not the reverse of it? Philosophy fails to give an answer to these questions. In the words of a renowned philosopher, “Where ‘why’ begins, philosophy ends.” But the Qur’an offers an answer. This compulsiveness, it points out, is the compulsiveness of divine grace. The mercy of God demands that whatever comes into being must be good and beautiful, and so it is. Asks the Qur’an:

“Say: Whose is all that is in the heavens and the earth?

Say: God’s. He hath imposed mercy on Himself as a law.”

Surah: Al-A’nam – Chapter 6 – Verse: 12

“And my Rahmat encompasseth everything in the universe.”

Surah: Al-A’raf (The Heights) – Chapter: 7 – Verse: 156