After sinning, we think that we do not deserve Allah’s mercy. It is all too common among Muslims nowadays. If you watch talk shows or sermons of prominent religious scholars, many people ask whether Allah will forgive them even after committing this or that sin. Unfortunately, they do not understand the true extend of Allah’s mercy. It is why this blog post will talk about Allah’s mercy in the Holy Quran and Sunnah. Before we start our discussion, please recite:
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم
Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem
Muslims & Bismillah
Muslims have a habit of starting each action with this phrase. What many don’t realize is its meaning. If we focus on it, we can ascertain the true extent of Allah’s mercy. When translated in English, the phrase means:
“In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious and The Most Merciful.”
In this phrase, Allah proclaims himself the Most Merciful, a trait that cannot be denied, as we will explain in the rest of the post.
What is Mercy?
Before you confuse the concept with other words, let us tell you about its meaning. Consider that you have drowned yourself in gambling, drinking, and other sins for the better part of your life. If you ask Allah for forgiveness, He will forgive you even though your acts go against His injunctions. This is mercy. The following Quran verses and Hadith will shed more light on Allah’s mercy to His creation.
Allah’s Mercy in Quran
One thing that the Holy Quran continuously stresses is mercy.
“Limitless is your Lord in His mercy”- Quran 6:147
While it might be a small Ayat, its meaning is profound. It shows that the doors of mercy are open to everyone who seeks it. Several other Ayats support it.
“And We (God) have not sent you (Muhammad) except as a mercy for mankind.” Quran 21:107
When Allah created us, He knew that we are prone to making mistakes. We all know the story of the first two humans and how they defied Allah’s instructions after getting tricked by the devil. Even though Allah had specifically decreed that they should stay away from the tree, the two could not fulfil Allah’s order. Nevertheless, when they asked for forgiveness, Allah Almighty chose to forgive them.
Other than this, Allah mentions in the Quran that people should show mercy to others. If they do so, Allah will show them mercy.
“Keep up prayer and pay the compulsory charity (to the needy) and obey the Messenger, so that mercy may be shown to you. “Qur’an 24:56
Allah’s Mercy in Sunnah
There are several Hadith in which Allah’s beloved Prophet mentions the Creator’s mercy.
The Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, was asked, “O Messenger of Allah pray against the idolators!” So the Prophet said, “Verily, I was not sent to invoke curses but rather I was only sent as a mercy.” Sahih Muslim
The above Hadith is a perfect example of Allah’s mercy. It shows that Allah’s mercy is not for Muslims alone but all His creation. Many non-Muslims think that Islam has ordered the killing of non-Muslims when it is not the case. Islam is a religion of peace and mercy. It does not discriminate among Muslims or non-Muslims.
There is another story that exemplifies Allah’s mercy. After a battle, the Prophet (PBUH) was presented with prisoners of war. One of the prisoners was a breastfeeding woman. The companions and Prophet noted that the woman was nursing every child she could find among the prisoners. When the Holy Prophet (PBUH) saw this, he asked his companions whether this woman will throw her child in a fire. To this, the companions replied no. The Prophet (PBUH) said,
“Allah is more merciful to his servants than a mother is to her child.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Another sign of Allah’s mercy to His creation is the Holy Month of Ramazan. During this month, the gates of hell are closed while the doors of mercy are opened. The point of this is to motivate people to do good. Another Hadith reported in Tirmidhi where the Prophet (PBUH) mentions a conversation between Allah and the devil. The devil says to Allah that he will continue to lead the people astray as long as they have souls in their bodies. To this, Allah says, “I will forgive my people for as long as they ask for my forgiveness.”
As it is the Holy Month of Ramadan, we request all Muslims worldwide to resolve their quarrels and forgive everyone. When we have mercy on others, Allah has mercy on us. When we forgive others, Allah forgives us. So, without wasting any more time, put all old quarrels to rest and start afresh. Even if someone wrongs you, don’t overreact. Instead, adopt a conciliatory tone. Indeed, you will be rewarded in this world and the one hereafter.
M Junaid Lead Writer, Content Marketer at Husna Technology, A writer by Day and reader by night