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He is the One who is kind and gentle with His servants, doing ihsaan (utmost good) upon them without them noticing that this kindness and goodness is from Allah. He bestows upon them through ways they could never imagine. Al-Lateef is the One who treats His slaves with kindness without them perceiving it. He bestows gifts that are finely suited to the needs of His creation. He is extraordinarily gracious and understanding. …more
Lateef comes from the root laam-Taa-faa, which points out to three main meanings. The first meaning is: to be kind, gentle, mild, affectionate, and to bestow with kindness. It also means to be so kind to someone that they don’t notice. The second meaning is: something that’s too tiny or too subtle to be seen or felt. The third meaning is: to know secrets and minute details of things and to be able to do what others can’t do. …more [Al-Qurtubi]
1- Ibn Abbass (radi Allahu anhuma) said the meaning of the ayah, “Allahu Lateefun bi ‘ebadihi”, Allah is Lateef to His servants, means that He is Kind towards them.
2- He is benevolent to them.
3- He does not cause the righteous or the sinners to die from starvation due to their sins out of His kindness.
4- He is gentle towards them.
5- He is watchful and aware of them. …more
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