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God’s Forgiveness and Punishment

The human being is prone to error and weakness, and constantly commits actions unbefitting of a servant of his Creator.

Islam teaches that God has created mankind and jinn-kind (a separate unseen creation) to fulfil the purpose of serving Him. The Creator is the absolute owner of his creation and is unquestioned in his actions. Islam also teaches that God is both ‘The Merciful’ and ‘The Forgiving’ but also that he is ‘Mighty in Retribution’. This is why Muslims can not be complacent about their position with God and are constantly seeking means of His mercy till death. However, from the Quran and the recorded teachings of the His final prophet, it becomes clear that this Creator with all his glory and power, is extremely forgiving and gentle to those who turn to him.


 “Naught is said to you (Mohammad) but what was said indeed to the messengers before you; surely your Lord is the Lord of forgiveness and the Lord of painful retribution.” (Quran 41:43)

“All Children of Adam are sinners and the best among them are those who repent” (Hadith Qudsi)

“What would Allah do with your punishment if you are grateful and believe? And ever is Allah Appreciative and Knowing.
(Quran 4:147)

“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.’”(Quran 39:53)

“O son of Adam! As long as you invoke Me and plead to Me, I will forgive you whatever you have committed, and I will not make much of it. O son of Adam! If your evil deeds reach the borders of the sky, and then you ask Me for forgiveness, I will forgive you. O son of Adam! If you bring forth the earth full of errors, then you meet Me while you do not associate anything (or anyone) with Me, I will bring forth for you its full of forgiveness.”
(Hadith Qudsi)




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