Al-Raheem is another beautiful name of Allah which depicts His compassion and mercy. It originates from the same root as Al-Rahman. In the opening line of Quran and then in the beginning of Al-Fatihah we see both these names side by side. Although they seem similar yet there is a difference…

The name Al-Rahman expresses Allah’s mercy and compassion which is for all his creation whereas his beautiful name Al-Raheem describes His special love and mercy which is only for his believers… the true and conscious believers… those who are obedient to Him… those who follow Allah’s commands and avoid doing things that he has forbidden…

The name Al-Raheem reminds me that my most precious possession in this life is my faith in Allah… because it is only due to this faith that I am entitled to this special mercy of Allah which he showers on me in this world and will bless me with it in the hereafter too… provided I remain true and obedient to Him till the last breath.

The best gift which Al-Raheem has given the believers is the gift of faith and this is from his special mercy. Also from this mercy is the gift of Quran and the Prophet (s.a.w) who taught the Quran…about whom Allah says:

وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِلْعَالَمِينَ 

 And We have not sent you but as a mercy to the worlds.

Also from the mercy of Allah is the gift of a conscious heart… a soft and humble heart… which enables a person to remain obedient to Allah and to show mercy and kindness to people. Therefore when we are able to do something good… whether for Allah or for people… then we must give thanks to Allah because it is only due to His mercy that we are able to fight the devil and only his mercy enables us to defeat our own selfishness.   

Someone might say that if believers are so special to Allah then why are they going through so many difficulties in this world? Where is the special mercy of Al-Raheem?

The fact is that all the decisions of Allah are based on his complete knowledge and wisdom… and even if the believers have to suffer any harm they get benefit from it because of their faith. As our Prophet (s.a.w) promised to us in a Hadith the gist of which is:

The situation of a believer is amazing because he gets benefit from all that happens to him… and this speciality is only for the believer… when something good comes to him he is thankful and this becomes beneficial for him… and when anything bad happens to him he remains patient and so this becomes a source of great rewards for him…

So Allah’s mercy never ends… He is all the time taking care of us but we keep feeling deprived and lost because our own faith is not strong… and because we are so immersed in our worries and anxieties that we fail to perceive Allah’s blessings in all that happens to us in life.

That is why Allah calls to us to ponder in His creation so that we can see with our own eyes the proofs of His never ending mercy, love and compassion…

The following three verses from Surah Ar-Rum always fill me with a renewed hope and faith in Allah’s Mercy…

اللَّهُ الَّذِي يُرْسِلُ الرِّيَاحَ فَتُثِيرُ سَحَابًا فَيَبْسُطُهُ فِي السَّمَاءِ كَيْفَ يَشَاءُ وَيَجْعَلُهُ كِسَفًا فَتَرَى الْوَدْقَ يَخْرُجُ مِنْ خِلَالِهِ ۖ فَإِذَا أَصَابَ بِهِ مَنْ يَشَاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ إِذَا هُمْ يَسْتَبْشِرُونَ {48}وَإِنْ كَانُوا مِنْ قَبْلِ أَنْ يُنَزَّلَ عَلَيْهِمْ مِنْ قَبْلِهِ لَمُبْلِسِينَ {49}فَانْظُرْ إِلَىٰ آثَارِ رَحْمَتِ اللَّهِ كَيْفَ يُحْيِي الْأَرْضَ بَعْدَ مَوْتِهَا ۚ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ لَمُحْيِي الْمَوْتَىٰ ۖ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ {50}

Allah is he Who sends forth the winds so they raise a cloud, then He spreads it forth in the sky as He pleases, and He breaks it up so that you see the rain coming forth from inside it; then when He causes it to fall upon whom He pleases of His servants, lo! they are joyful. Though they were before this, before it was sent down upon them, confounded in sure despair. Look then at the signs of Allah’s mercy, how He gives life to the earth after its death, most surely He will raise the dead to life; and He has power over all things. (30:48-50)

How merciful is Allah that he has not left us alone or helpless… rather he takes care of all our needs… even those needs which we don’t even realize… like the need of our heart to keep beating, the blood to keep circulating… the lungs to keep breathing… the eyelids to keep blinking…

But our most important need is to recognize His mercy… that is the only thing that can keep us strong and hopeful… So we should ponder and contemplate in His beautiful name Al-Raheem and remind each other about it too…

نَبِّئْ عِبَادِي أَنِّي أَنَا الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ 

 Announce, (O Muhammad) unto My slaves that verily I am the Forgiving, the Most Merciful,(15:49)

We can appreciate the value of this name Al-Raheem by the fact that in just one single surah, Ash-Shuara, which is the 26th chapter of the Quran, Allah has repeated the following verse eight times:

وَإِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الرَّحِيمُ

And verily your Lord is exalted in Might, Most Merciful

Finally what should be our response to Al-Raheem? How can we use this name to bring a positive change in our lives and also in the lives of those around us?

Firstly we need to strengthen our faith and our relationship with Allah by calling upon Al-Raheem whenever we need to feel the reassurance of His Mercy. It can be such a small need as a broken shoe lace… he loves to be called upon and so when we keep asking him, then he makes us feel loved and cared for… the feeling of deprivation or loneliness just fades away like magic!

Secondly whenever we make any mistake we must turn to Him and ask His forgiveness because it is through his special mercy that he forgives whoever seeks to be forgiven. It doesn’t matter to Him how big the sin is or how many times you sin… His Mercy has no end… just be sincere in your repentance and be humble…

Thirdly our attitude towards people should also be that of forgiveness and mercy… the more kind and compassionate you are towards others… the more love and mercy you will receive from the Al-Raheem. And the more you forgive others the more Allah will open your heart and make it easy for you to be on your best behaviour at all times…

And finally remember to put your trust on Him in whose hands is the Power and control of all things:

وَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى الْعَزِيزِ الرَّحِيمِ

And put your trust on the Exalted in Might the Most Merciful  


4 thoughts on “Al-Raheem

  1. Mash’Allah this is such a comprehensive description of Allah’s name Ar-Raheem. You touched on so many aspects of this blessed Name. This is the best description of Ar-Raheem I have ever read. JazakAllah khair.


    • Assalamualaikum and jazakAllah khairan for sharing your feelings… the truth is that to describe Allah through his names is such a topic that the more I write the more inadequate and ignorant I feel… as if the real gems stay out of my reach and all I can do is to collect whatever comes in my hand and share whatever I can while praying that may Allah help me and all of us to realize His worth as He deserves… and may Allah help us to stay focused on Him at all times and in all situations… ameen


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