"And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the believers."
(Al-Quran 51:55)

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Ar-Rahim: The Merciful

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

There is no god but He, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate.

Rahim is another attribute, also in the intensive form derived from rahma (mercy). Here, mercy implies pity, patience and forgiveness, all of which sinners need. 

O My servants who have transgressed against their souls; do not despair of Allah's mercy; surely, He is the All-Forgiving, the All-Compassionate.

Allah is more merciful than vengeful. In a Hadith Qudsi, He says:

My mercy surpasses my wrath.
(Bukhari and Muslim)

In the Hereafter, Allah is All-Compassionate to the believers only.

My mercy embraces all things, and I shall prescribe it for those who are god-fearing.

Do you think this mother would throw her infant child in the fire? Allah is more merciful to His servants than she is to her child.
(Bukhari and Muslim)

To be merciful is essential for a Muslim. 

The merciful ones will be given mercy by the All-Merciful. Be merciful to those who are on this earth, and the One in heaven will have mercy on you.

One who craves Allah's mercy shows compassion to others.


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