You do not depend on the mindset that someone else will be taking care of your sins. No, you are accountable, individually, before God and as such you have this sense of trying your best in following His command. If one repents sincerely, and then follows it up with righteous deeds and believes, then God promises them Heavens and tells them that they will never be wronged.
God holds no grudges. There is always a chance.
Islam is a religion of hope. Ch 19, verse Mercy also relates to inculcating the attitude of gratefulness to God.
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We know that they are manifestations of His mercy. Even the glass of water that we drink, even the smell of fresh air that is around us, we should always remember and think that these are all manifestations of the mercy of God. It, also, gives the person the feeling of assurance that there is One who cares for me. I could be sinful, I could be bad, but still there is One who cares and loves me and has mercy on me. So that gives a warm feeling of identification with God.
In case the person faces and problems or difficulties in his life, he should never feel broken hearted or feel despair because, as the Quran says, one should never despair from the mercy of God. Realizing that all power belongs only in the hands of God removes any servitude to any other human being; servitude that we might have to other people because we have hope that they may benefit us. The Quran says the benefit only comes from God and not other human beings. It, also, removes this servitude towards other human beings in a sense of fear for themselves.
That is why we find prophets and other deeply religious individuals throughout history standing in the face of all adversity with great deal of courage in saying the truth, not to satisfy anyone but only because the truth must be said. It removes the excessive or undue anxiety that people might have about what is happening to them or what will happen to them. The Quran says that nothing will happen to us but what God has destined us to go through. No one will live for one moment more or less than what has been decided for him. Furthermore, it causes us to be more humble, realizing that all power is in the hands of God and so whatever we have by way of wealth, position, or whatever we should be humble because we know that God can take it all away at any moment.
We realize that there is a purpose to serve by having all this. Even in the area of political life and government, we realize again that ultimate authority lies with God and as such all other human beings are equal in His sight and their affair should be decided by mutual consultation. Anna Knight.
Knight 2 The religion of Islam is full of the concept of mercy. However, right alongside his mercy we also find the theme of justice. There are implications that Allah will reveal mercy to those who act in a godly manner, yet this raises the question as to why they would need mercy.
How do these two concepts of mercy and justice work out in Islam, especially in regards to salvation? This paper will address these questions and enter into this discussion as to whether indeed Allah is truly merciful or if man achieves salvation simply on the basis of works. Mercy is a divine attribute of Allah In fact it is an attribute that Allah himself claims It is also a cry from men to God, for him to bestow his mercy on them ; ; Muslims pray to Allah to show mercy to them. Mercy is also seen in the context of an action that contrasts harm or judgment ; ; For example, in 1 Majid, Adnah.
Accessed 24 February Accessed 10 February Knight 3 the writer questions whether Allah would extend harm or mercy to him. Mercy is also seen in the context of obedience Verse urges the reader to obey Allah so that he might receive mercy. When dealing with the concept of mercy for Muslims, we must first determine what is meant by mercy within that context. The Islamic definition of mercy is not necessarily one of love as in the Christian sense. They recognize that Allah could choose to treat sinful man harshly. William Chittick explains the Islamic notion of mercy in the sense of how a mother relates to the children that she gives birth to.
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Accessed 3. Accessed 19 March Knight 4 person who extends it also has the power to punish. As afore-mentioned, a Muslim acknowledges that Allah indeed has the power to judge, punish and destroy. He is merciful in that he chooses to withhold that punishment at times and extend mercy. He is al-Rahman in that he extends this mercy to all, regardless of their actions.
Najma, a Bengali Muslim, explained that the mercy of Allah has one hundred parts6.
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He gave one part of his mercy to the earth and it is from this one portion of his mercy that mother animals care for their babies and human parents love their children. The other ninety-nine parts of his mercy he retains for man on judgement day. However this mercy bestowed on the earth does not mean that he grants salvation or special favor to men. That would be the purpose of al-Rahim.
It is his al- Rahim that shows mercy toward men, rewarding their good actions and behavior. This mercy is limitless. By his mercy Allah forgives sins, helps his followers and replaces their former bad deeds with good ones when they come to him in repentance. Accessed 21 March Knight 5 Bilal Philips writes that Allah loves those who come to him with pure repentant hearts.
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According to Bilal Philips, God deliberately created man with the propensity to err, for this would give him the opportunity to extend His grace and mercy to mankind. International Islamic Publishing House. Page 3. The process of man sinning, realizing his sin, turning to God, asking for mercy and praying in repentance is a way for man to develop his spiritual growth according to Philips.
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He forgets and ignores God and because of this commits sins against Him. The reality remains that all men are in need of the mercy of Allah. Allah is al-Rahman, and sustains and maintains the universe by his mercy. How does one receive this special mercy of God? What are the stipulations to receive this mercy? That same chapter goes on to explain that Allah sees the good that people do.
Allah looks 11 The Message of Islam. Knight 7 for those who obey him so that he might show mercy to them.
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Yet we do see that Allah is interested in more than just deeds. Allah is also very concerned with the attitude of the heart, particularly in regards to repentance. For them Allah will replace their evil deeds with good. For this special benevolence, effort, exertion, hard work, purification of the heart and supplications are necessary conditions.
The good works and life of a devout person show his seriousness in seeking Allah. It is a virtue, or attitude that Allah desires to see in those who follow him. Philips further iterates that man must repent directly to Allah, for it is idolatry to seek repentance through another.
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Philips describes several conditions of repentance that make it acceptable to Allah. The first of these conditions is remembrance of Allah, second immediately repenting, the third complete cessation from the sin, fourth exoneration toward those who have been wronged in the sin, the fifth is sorrow, the sixth righteous deeds, and seventh the timeframe. Page It is important to not simply repent with words, but to live a life that illustrates the inner attitude. If one is truly repentant it will be evident in his life. This is one reason that deeds are so important to Muslims. And on other hand they signify that although God torments the sinners, it does not mean that the door to corrective repentance is closed.
There is some talk of unforgivable sins. Islam is at its core extremely monotheistic and we see that theology working itself out here. However, it seems that forgiveness is available if one repents and eliminates idolatry. Yet although Allah honors the right actions of men or seems more apt to show mercy to those who seek it, the final call is always his. God of Justice. Leiden E. Brill, pg. Accessed 16 April Knight 10 is not required or obligated to show mercy. Men may pray, do good works and seek Allah, but at the end of the day, he will show mercy to the ones he chooses.
Not even Muhammad had complete assurance that Allah would extend to him the mercy of salvation. Allah is sovereign and his mercy cannot be manipulated. Man makes mistakes and commits sin, therefore needs forgiveness. The mercy of Allah is sufficient to forgive sins. His mercy also brings the salvation that man is in need of.
Kamil Mufti explains that mercy brings aid to man, caring for and helping him in time of need. Yet Allah forgives those who have met his conditions to receive mercy.