and Mercy -- Another View
Mercy of God
At first, the devil was my teacher, and soon he was no
more than a puff of air compared to me.
God saw all of this sinfulness of mine, but then He
transformed it as if He never saw it so He could avoid embarrassing me.
Mercy repaired the shredded cloak of my piety, and
draped me in repentance sweeter than life itself.
Whatever sins I had committed before, mercy considered
them as never having occurred. Whatever duties I had failed to do, mercy considered them
Mercy made me as free and pure as the cypress and the
lily; it filled my heart with a sense of fortune and joy.
It wrote my name in the Book of the Righteous. I had
been destined for Hell; yet it gave me Paradise.
When I had cried, “I’ve fallen to the very bottom of the
pit,” my cry became a rope, and that rope was lowered down into my dark
I took hold of that rope and climbed out. I became happy
and strong, committed and cheerful.
Once I was lying in misery at the bottom of the pit; now
I’ve transcended the whole world! Praise be to You, O God, for you carried me far from my
Even if the tip of every hair of mine could gain the
power to speak, that still wouldn’t express the amount of thanks due to
Among the gardens and fountains of
Paradise, I’m crying out to all humanity, “Oh, if only my people knew about all of
From Mathnawi V, 2305-2316
Reference: Rumi Meditations by Yahiya
Emerick (Alpha Books, the Penquin Group, New York, 2008)
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