al-Rahman – Part II

Another aspect of the mercy of the Most Merciful is that He is always willing to accept the repentance of his slaves. He (swt) says: “Say: ‘O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’”[1] No matter how bad one’s deeds might be, no matter how far down the road of disobedience one might have fallen, the door of repentance is always open. Allah’s (swt) mercy is always available and Allah (swt) is more merciful to His slaves than a mother to her child. This is confirmed by His saying concerning Himself: “He hath inscribed for Himself (the rule of) Mercy[2] and also the ayah (verse): “Your Lord hath inscribed for Himself (the rule of) mercy: Verily, if any of you did evil in ignorance, and thereafter repented, and amend (his conduct), lo! He is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.”[3] His Mercy is so vast and great that if one sincerely repents, He will not only forgive the evil one has done but even change that evil to do good. And this is substantiated by His words: “Unless he repents, believes, and works righteous deeds, for Allah will change the evil of such persons into good, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”[4] Even so, repentance is not an absolute prerequisite for one’s sins to be erased but this can be achieved simply by doing good, as He has said: “For those things, that are good remove those that are evil: Be that the word of remembrance to those who remember (their Lord).”[5] Besides these there are many more such ayat (verses) which speak of Allah’s (swt) willingness to accept repentance and to forgive those who turn to Him.

What has been discussed previously has only covered a small fraction of the numerous favours of Allah (swt). In fact, were we to try and enumerate all of these, we would not be able to do so. He (swt) says in the Qur’an: “And He giveth you of all that ye ask for. But if ye count the favours of Allah, never will ye be able to number them. Verily, man is given up to injustice and ingratitude.”[6] And again: If ye would count up the favours of Allah, never would ye be able to number them: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”[7] All of this thus amply demonstrates His favours and kindness to His servants and shows what is meant by the Name, al-Rahman. And is there any who can compare to the One Most Merciful?

[1] Al-Qur’an 39: 53.

[2] Al-Qur’an 6: 12.

[3] Al-Qur’an 6: 54.

[4] Al-Qur’an 25: 70.

[5] Al-Qur’an 11: 114.

[6] Al-Qur’an 14: 34.

[7] Al-Qur’an 16: 18.

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2 Responses to al-Rahman – Part II

  1. Ruha says:

    MashaAllah that was very beneficial brother/sister.

  2. the middle road says:

    Jazakallahu khair. I’m a bro by the way. 8)

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