Mercy And Forgiveness For The One Who Repents

Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri
    
Source: Stories of Repentance
When al-Mansur bin ‘Ammar, may Allah have mercy on him, once entered the court of Abdul-Malik bin Marwaan, the latter said, “O Mansur, I have a question for you, and I will give you respite for an entire year to answer it: Who is the wisest of people, and who is the most ignorant of people?

Al-Mansur left the castle and spent some time in contemplation in a nearby courtyard.

Then the answer came to him, and so he quickly hurried back to Abdul-Malik. “O Mansur, why have you returned?” asked Abdul Malik.

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Is Allah forgiving or revengeful?

Allah forgiving or revengeful?

The Qur’an says several times that Allah is most Merciful and Forgiving but also says many times that He gives severe punishment. Is He Forgiving or Revengeful?

1. Allah is most Merciful

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”.

2. Allah is Forgiving

The Glorious Qur’an mentions in several verses including Surah Nisa, chapter 4 verse 25 and Surah Maidah, chapter 5 verse 74:

And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

3. Allah gives severe punishment to the deserving

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The Forgiveness of Muhammad Shown to Non-Muslims

The Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, was described as a “Mercy for all the Worlds”, as God said in the Quran:
“We have sent you as a mercy for all the worlds.” (Quran 21:107)

 

The recipients of this quality were not limited to just the Muslim nation, but it also extended to non-Muslims, some of who spent all their effort trying to harm the Prophet and his mission.This mercy and forgiveness is clearly demonstrated in the fact that the Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, never took revenge on anyone for personal reasons and always forgave even his staunch enemies.  Aisha said that the Prophet never took revenge on his own behalf on anyone.  She also said that he never returned evil for evil, but he would forgive and pardon.  This will, God willing, become clear after a deep analysis of the following accounts of his life.

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Forgiveness – An Islamic Virtue

Islam attaches great importance to the concept of pardoning of sins by Allah so that one may be saved from Hellfire. On several occasions, The Holy Quran gives such prayers as “Pardon us, forgive us our sins, and have mercy upon us” (Quran 2/286).

Allah assures us that no matter what our sin, if we truly repent and seek His forgiveness, and take steps to put right our wrongs, He will forgive us. The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) said, “My heart is clouded until I have asked God’s forgiveness seventy times during the day and night.”

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