I had the honor to attend few Quran completion ceremony at a taraveeh congregation this Ramadan.
Allah taala has addressed people differently according to the situation and audiences.
At a number of occasions, Allah Ta’ala provides stories with which we can draw parallels in our lives and we can extract guidance for ourselves.
Normally we see a carrot and stick approach where bounties are promised on practicing Taqwa and good deeds. On other hand exemplary punishment is announced for the transgressors.
But Allah as our Creator and Sustainer and the one Who loves His creations the most has chosen a special way of addressing us. This is the universal language of love that each one of us can understand and feel.
یٰۤاَیُّہَا الۡاِنۡسَانُ مَا غَرَّکَ بِرَبِّکَ الۡکَرِیۡمِ ۙ
Translation: O man! What has deceived you about your Gracious Lord
[Surah Al-Infitar 6]
کَلَّاۤ اِنَّہُمۡ عَنۡ رَّبِّہِمۡ یَوۡمَئِذٍ لَّمَحۡجُوۡبُوۡنَ ؕ
Translation: No! Indeed they will be screened off from their Lord on that Day.
[Surah Al-Mutaffifin 15]
My shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar sb RA used to elaborate that on the Day of Resurrection, Allah SWT will draw a curtain and will not let the transgressors see Him as a punishment. My shaikh points out that this punishment to the disloyals of not allowing a glimpse of Him can only be given by the most loving One. Like a mother, when her son or daughter disobeys or mistreats her, she punishes them and asks them not to see her face. This punishment proves the amount of love she has for her children as keeping them away will be enough punishment to show them her displeasure.
Hence, we must think of this twice before we could think of committing any act that displeases Him. This is what we refer to as the universal language of love which we all can understand and feel.