Ar-Razzaq – The Sustainer

It is God who has made the earth a resting-place for you
and the sky a canopy,
and has formed you — and formed you so well —
and provided for you sustenance out of the good things of life.
Such is God, your Sustainer:
hallowed, then, is God, the Sustainer of all the worlds!
Ghafir 40:64, tr. Asad

Look at every animal from the gnat to the elephant:
they all are God’s family
and dependent on Him for their nourishment.
What a nourisher is God!
All these griefs within our hearts
arise from the smoke and dust
of our existence and vain desires.
Mathnawi I:2295-2296, tr. Helminski

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Ar-Razzaq - The Sustainer

by Syed Mehdi
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