According to a hadeeth, Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said,
‘There are ninety-nine names of Allah;
whoever recites them will enter Paradise.’ [AI-Bukharee and Muslim]
These names are known as AI-Asmaa’ ai-Husnaa [The Most Beautiful Names].
These names express the Attributes of Allah. They lend us the proper understanding of our relationship with our Creator. They also help us shape our lives accordingly.
However, the most repeated names of Allah are ar-Rahmaan (The Most Compassionate) and Ar-Raheem (The Most Merciful).
They form part of Bismillaah with which all the surah’s of the Quran, except Surat at-Tawbah (surah nine), begin with.
Both these words come from the root word ‘rahima’. It means to show mercy. Thus these attributes of Allah are often translated as the Most Merciful Most Compassionate Beneficent Most Gracious, Mercy Giving, or the Caring.
However, these translations do not convey the full meaning of the terms. They do not show the deep differences between the meaning of ar-Rahmaan and ar-Raheem.
The word ar-Rahmaan shows overflow, outburst, and strong feelings. While the word ar-Raheem denotes permanence and everlasting qualities of mercy.
Hence, ar-Rahmaan is the One whose mercy is overflowing, whereas ar-Raheem is the One whose Mercy is continuous and permanent. We live in Allah’s Mercy.
His Mercy and knowledge cover everything. Were it not that Allah is Forgiving and Merciful, our acts of disobedience would have destroyed us.
Allah is Most Kind and Most Merciful. If we commit a sin or make a mistake and feel sorry, He forgives us. He rewards us for our good actions many times over.
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