The Quran says that Almighty Allah is Merciful and that He gives severe punishment. So is He forgiving or is He revengeful?


The Majestic Quran mentions many times that Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ is the Most Merciful. In fact, all except one of the 114 chapters of the Glorious Quran begins with “بِسۡـمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحۡـمٰنِ الرَّحِيۡم”, which means,

Allah (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) – beginning with the name of – the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

The Compassionate, the Merciful; however in Arabic grammar, both names are intensive forms of the word ‘merciful’. Raḥmaan means merciful to all creations, and justice is part of this mercy. Raḥeem means merciful especially to the believers and forgiveness is part of this mercy. A complimentary and comprehensive meaning is intended by the use of both of them together.

In addition, Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ speaks of His forgiveness throughout the Glorious Quran. In fact, Almighty Allah’s mercy and forgiveness have been mentioned together more than 70 times in the Holy Quran. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, the Most Exalted, repeatedly reminds us by saying:

“And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (وَ   اللّٰہُ   غَفُوۡرٌ    رَّحِیۡمٌ    ﴿۲۱۸

[al-Baqarah 2:218]

But He عَزَّوَجَلَّ also gives severe punishment to those who deserve  it. Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ told the Beloved and Blessed Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم:

(نَبِّیٔۡ    عِبَادِیۡۤ    اَنِّیۡۤ     اَنَا   الۡغَفُوۡرُ   الرَّحِیۡمُ     ﴿ۙ۴۹﴾     وَ  اَنَّ   عَذَابِیۡ    ہُوَ   الۡعَذَابُ   الۡاَلِیۡمُ    ﴿۵۰

Inform My bondmen that undoubtedly, I surely am the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful. And that indeed the punishment of Mine is a painful punishment. [Hijr 15:49-50].. Read More
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