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Allah Is The Most Merciful

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The chapters of the Qur’an start with the two
names of Allah: ‘The Entirely Merciful’ and ‘The Especially Merciful’, and also
mention that Allah has prescribed mercy upon Himself. {your Lord has written
Mercy for Himself}

And that Allah’s Mercy encompasses all things. .. {and My Mercy
embraces all things.}
Al-A’râf: 156)

He also encourages people to hope for His Mercy and He warns them against
despairing of it. {Say: “O ‘Ibâdî (My slaves) who have transgressed against
themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of
Allâh, verily Allâh forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most

Allah (Glorified be He) loves mercy. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah,
the Exalted, will continue to stretch out His Hand in the night so that the
sinners of the day may repent, and He will continue to stretch out His Hand in
the daytime so that the sinners of the night may repent, (and He will continue
to do so) until the sun rises from the West.”

The Prophet (pbuh) also told us about our Lord and said: “ When Allah
created the creation, He wrote in His book which is placed with Him on His
throne: “Verily My Mercy prevails over My Wrath.”
[Agreed upon]

He also said: “Allah has divided mercy into one hundred parts. He retained
with Himself ninety nine parts, and He sent down to earth one part. Through
that one part creatures deal with each other with compassion, so much so that
an animal lifts its hoof away from its young in fear of hurting it.”

And Allah sent the Prophet (peace be upon him) as a mercy to all the worlds. {And
We have sent you (O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam]) not but as a mercy
for the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinns and all that exists).}

Allah has perfected the Prophet’s character by placing in him the best of
morals. He said: {And verily, you (O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa
sallam]) are on an exalted standard of character.}

And for this reason, one of the most distinguished morals of the Prophet (pbuh)
was mercy; as if he was otherwise, people would have dispersed from him. {And
by the Mercy of Allâh, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and
harsh--hearted, they would have broken away from about you}

He was compassionate and forbearing, and did not wish any anguish for the
people. Allah says: {Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger (Muhammad SAW) from amongst
yourselves (i.e. whom you know well). It grieves him that you should receive
any injury or difficulty. He (Muhammad SAW) is anxious over you (to be rightly
guided, to repent to Allâh, and beg Him to pardon and forgive your sins, in
order that you may enter Paradise and be saved from the punishment of the
Hell-fire), for the believers (he SAW is) full of pity, kind, and merciful.}

And for this reason, Islam, which was sent from Allah, the Entirely Merciful,
the Especially Merciful, and was revealed to the Prophet (pbuh) as a form of
mercy for mankind to protect them from the misery of injustice and hatred, from
the distress of depression, anxiety and disorder, and from the way of revenge,
cruelty, tyranny and despotism, this religion came as a form of mercy for all
of the worlds. {And We have sent you (O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa
sallam]) not but as a mercy for the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinns and all that

Islam was sent to the world as an act of kindness from Allah for Muslims and
non-Muslims too. It is a mercy to the obedient, the disobedient, the elderly,
the young, the female, the male, the rich and the poor.




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The Qur’an says several times that Allah is the most Merciful. In fact all the 114 Surahs i.e. chapters of the Glorious Qur’an except for Surah Taubah chapter 9, begin with the beautiful formula, Bismillah-hir-Rahman-nir-Rahim, which means, "In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful".

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