99 Names of Allah – Ar Raheem

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الرَّحِيمُ
Ar-Raheem
The Merciful

He who acts with extreme kindness.

Islam is a religion of mercy. Prophet Muhammad (Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam) was sent as a mercy to mankind. Allah’s mercy is more than our minds can fathom; every punishment from Him is pure justice and every blessing from Him is pure grace both of which are true mercy.

A lot of people get stuck in a rut… they make sins time after time and count on Allah’s mercy alone to forgive them… They say ‘Deen al Yusr‘ i.e Allah made the Deen easy, which is true, Allah said so Himself however, this does not give anyone any excuse to sin – ever. We will sin, without a doubt, we all have weak moments and weakness’ within ourselves but that doesn’t make it right…

Many Muslims, who practice, still make the halal haram and vice versa… despite this being a sin in itself. As Muslims we should say, I hear and I obey and if along the way we make mistakes out of ignorance or by error we should hold ourselves accountable, seek forgiveness and then Allah will forgive us.

Don’t forget to look in the mirror every once in a while and think about our actions… ‘have I done anything today worthy of Jannah?’ ‘Am I praying properly, slowly and with concentration?’ ‘Am I praying on time?’ All of these ‘little’ things which ultimately make us Muslims in Jannah or Muslims in Jahannam. God Forbid.

The problem is that we fear people more than we fear God. We are more concerned about our reputation than our character. In doing so, we give people power to tell us what to think, feel and do. We’d rather act sinfully than look stupid. We’d rather please people than obey God.

The messenger (Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam) said: (Allah has said to His Angels) If my servant intends to do a sin, do not record it against him, but if he commits the sin, record it as one sin. And if he intends to do a good deed but doesn’t do it, record it for him as one good deed, and if he does it, record it as ten.

Don’t ever convince yourself that you are not good enough to turn to Allah. You don’t have to wait until you are practising on time, every day before you make du’aa to Allah. You don’t have to be better, before you practice. Whoever you are now, no matter how lost you feel, how far you are… you still have a chance. It’s never too late for anyone until you are dead. Allah’s Mercy is for everyone and everything so imagine how special you are as a believer regardless of your sins.

A child angers a mother, yet she runs to his aid when he falls. Regardless of what you’ve done, do you think The Most Merciful won’t save you if you call out to Him?
– Yasmin Mogahed.

Sometimes we think we are good Muslims and feel a sense of achievement because we are active in our prayers, fasting, seeking knowledge etc… however, nobody knows the struggles you face, the times you break down, the moments you feel depressed – nobody except Allah swt. Always make du’aa for people to be guided to Him, through you and to make your private deeds equal to your public deeds.

Know that is people are impressed with you, in reality they are impressed with the beauty of Allah’s coverings of your sins.
– Ibn Qayyim.

You could sin all throughout your life, and He would still leave the door for repentance open.
Our mind cannot contemplate the amount of mercy He shows.
Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.

Holy Qur’an.

We are surrounded by Allah’s mercy. Look for it.

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