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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Mercy in Islam… Significance and Examples

Written by Dr. Ragheb Elsergany

Importance of Mercy in Islamic legislation

The first eye-catching feature in the Holy Quran, which is Muslims’ constitution and their top and most importance source of legislation, is that all its chapters save At-Tawbah (Repentance) chapter, have been opened with basmala (the phrase: Bismillahi ar-Rahman ar-Rahim or in the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful). It is clear for all that opening all Quranic chapters with these two attributes has its obvious denotation on the importance of mercy in the Islamic sharia. The close linguistic meaning of the two attributes is also unmistakable for everyone. Scholars gave long details and several opinions on the difference between the two words[1]. Allah could have been using another attribute with the attribute of being merciful, such as the Incomparably Great, the Wise, the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing. It was also possible for Allah to use another attribute with another meaning so as to strike a balance for readers in order to prevent the mercy attribute from prevailing, for example, the Compeller, the Lord of Retribution or the Subduer. But combining these two attributes with their close meanings at the start of each Quranic chapter gives the very obvious indication: The attribute of mercy precedes par excellence all other attributes and that mercy is the basis of treatment and which never collapses in front of other bases.

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What Does Islam Say about Terrorism?

Islam is Against Terrorism

Islam, a religion of mercy, does not permit terrorism. In the Quran, God has said:

(God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes. God loves just dealers) (Quran, 60:8)

“Islam” and other various Islamic terms and concepts are grossly misunderstood in the West. Muslims can hardly find anyone to blame but themselves because (a) they have failed to live by the Islamic tenets in our times, and (b) they have failed to promote understanding of Islam in the West through outreach projects.

What Does Islam Say about Terrorism?

The term “terrorism” does not exist in the Qur’an or the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. If the terms “terrorist or terrorism” are derived from a verb used in the Qur’an, such as 5:33 describing a “Muslim’s” terrorist acts, it is in condemnation and prescribes most severe punishment. Islam is a religion and a way of life that does not separate politics from religion.

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