Today Salma is going to teach us through her blog how Allah is Al Ghaffar (The most Forgiving). You may like her Facebook page SALMA HAYA for more spiritual knowledge.
Day 14: AL-GHAFFAR
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Ramadan Day 14: Resetting our Soul
AL-GHAFFAR (The Great-Forgiver)
The Forgiver, The Ever-Forgiving, The Most-Forgiving.
* Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Ghaffar (in Arabic: ٱلْغَفَّارُ), He sees our sins and disobedience, yet He still forgives and accepts the repentance of the sincere.
* He shows never-ending compassion and forgiveness, no matter how big or small the sin.
* He is the most forgiving and loves to forgive.
* From the root ghayn-fa-ra (غ ف ر), which has the following classical Arabic connotations: to cover, veil, conceal, hide to pardon, to forgive, to set aright, to cover a thing, to protect it from dirt.
* The names Al-Ghaffar, Al-Ghaffur, and Al-Ghafir all refer to Allah’s attribute of being forgiving.
* Together they have been mentioned a total of 97 times in the Qur’an. Of those 97 instances, the Qur’an mentions Al-Ghaffur 91 times, Al-Ghaffar 5 times, and Al-Ghafir just once.
* Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ loves to forgive:�These names refer to Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ nature of being forgiving. He wants to forgive those who seek istighfar (forgiveness)
* It’s never too late for someone who seeks the forgiveness of their Lord, even if their sins “reach the height of the heaven.
* Do not ever feel you are overburdening, asking for too much, or it’s too late.
* This would be insulting to Allah’s mercy, who is Al-Ghaffar, The Oft-Forgiving, the one who forgives perpetually.
* A person who has sinned should not despair of Allah’s mercy.
* The one who sins has only wronged themselves when they disobey Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ. They have not wronged Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ but cheated themselves out of some goodness.
* Like a person who cheats on a test. They may get a good grade in the class but will miss the benefit of having that knowledge and will pay the price in the real world.
* Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) as saying: The servant (who conceals) the faults of others in this world, Allah would conceal his faults on the Day of Resurrection.
* The lesson behind this is not to conceal unlawful acts from authorities per se but rather to serve as a reminder to avoid searching for the ugliness in people.
* Some people actively look, and when they find it, they are delighted. They have an inherent distrust in people, and so when their suspicion is confirmed – they are pleased.
* Others may find pleasure in seeing the fault in others as a way to avoid dealing with their deficiencies.
* What is better for the believer is to look for the good, just as Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ wants to forgive His servants.
* He wants those who make mistakes to rise above them, i.e., to seek His forgiveness and to be better because of it.
* Lead with love, trust, and compassion.
* Only once your kindness is taken advantage of should you review your terms of interaction with that particular individual.
* Be oft-forgiving and avoid growing bitter towards humanity at large.
How to call upon Al-Ghaffaar The All- and Oft-Forgiving
* O Allah, Al-Ghaffaar, we know that You forgive, cover, and protect us continuously.
* Ya Allah! You are Al Ghaffar – the One who forgives. Ya Allah !Forgive our sins, the first and the the last , the hidden and the apparent.
* Ya Ghaffar’o Ya Allah ! enable us to keep turning to You seeking forgiveness.
* Ya Allah! Conceal our shortcomings in this life and on the Day of Judgement, protect us from the effects of our sins, and aid us to be forgiving to others, ameen!