How Much the Rab, the Creator and Sustainer, love His creations?

By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, Word for Peace

Allahs love for His creations is the basic tenet of the spiritual doctrines of Islam. His love for His creations is infinite; all-inclusive and all-encompassing. Not a single creature is exempted from His bountiful grace and divine mercy.

From His divine mercy has emanated all forms of love and compassion on earth, because He is not only the source of love, but love itself.
One of the 99 special Quranic names of Allah is Al Wadud (the Loving) The Quran says: And He is the oft-forgiving and loving.
Every chapter of the Quran and each good work commences with Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim (in the name of God, the most merciful, the most compassionate). God specifically asks Muslims clearly and repeatedly to love all in the same way as God Himself does. From the very broader notion of love and peace in the holy Quran emanates the Sufi doctrine of Sulh-e-Kul (peace with all).
Prophet Mohammad is reported to have said, When God created His creatures, He wrote in the Book: Verily, My mercy prevailed over My wrath. (Bukhari)
Another Hadith says that, God has divided His mercy into 100 parts, kept with Him 99 parts, and sent down to earth only one part. It implies that God has unveiled only one per cent of His infinite mercy as yet. Through this one part, all human beings, animals and other creatures treat one another with compassion, so much so that an animal lifts its hoof over its child lest it should hurt it. From women to female animals who love, hug, care and breastfeed their babies with loving tenderness, there are innumerable instances of pure, selfless, inherent and innate love reflecting the divine love and infinite mercy of God.
Here are two beautiful stories from the Prophets life which illustrates Allahs infinite love and mercy for His creatures:
Once Prophet Mohammad and his companions saw a woman who found her infant baby after a strenuous search. She took it in her arms, cradled it next to her chest and suckled it.
This fascinating scene reminded the Prophet of Gods infinite love for man and, therefore, he asked his companions, Do you think that this woman would throw her child in fire? They said, Never, by God.
He then said, Allah is more loving and merciful to His servants than that mother could ever be to her child.
Another day the Prophet and his companions saw a mother bird with her babies in a nest. She was feeding worms to her babies.
Her actions were so loving, tender and gentle that the companions were awestruck at the display of her natural love.
The Prophet smiled and said to them, Are you surprised at the love this mother bird harbours for her babies? Let me tell you that God loves man 70 times more than this mother!

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