And seek forgiveness from Allah. Surely, Allah is Most Forgiving and Merciful.
And He is the Most Forgiving, the Loving. (85:15)
God is Forgiving, so if man mends his ways, He will be pleased to forgive him.
The good works of man drive away his evil ones:
Surely, good works drive away the evil ones. (11:115)
It says in the Holy Quran:
And sufficient is Allah as a Friend. (4:46)
In another place, it says:
Allah is the friend of those who believe. He brings them out of darkness into light. And those who disbelieve, their friends are the transgressors who bring them out of light into darkness. These are the inmates of the Fire; therein shall they abide. (2:258)
Here is how God describes Himself in the Holy Quran:
Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.
His light is as if there were a lustrous niche, wherein is a lamp.
The lamp is inside a glass globe.
The globe is, as it were, a glittering star.
The lamp is lit from the oil of a blessed tree – an olive – neither of the East nor of the West, whose oil well-nigh would shine forth even though fire touched it not.
Light upon light!
Allah guides to His light whomsoever He pleases.
And Allah sets forth parables for men, and Allah knows all things full well. (24:36)
It says in the Holy Quran:
And to Allah alone belong all perfect attributes. So call on Him by these. (7:181)
This verse tells us the secret to getting our prayers readily accepted by God. While praying, we should invoke the Attributes of God that are directly related to the object of our prayer.
This will make our prayer more susceptible to acceptance, because, by so doing, we would excite the jealousy of God with respect to the relevant attribute of His, with the result that the prayer (if otherwise acceptable) will not be suffered to go in vain.
God is the Master of the Day of Judgement.
He is also Master of the period of reckoning and process of reckoning in this life. But in this life, human actions are often also judged and rewarded by other men – kings, rulers, superiors etc. – and there is always, therefore, the possibility of error.
On the Day of Judgement, however, the mastery of God will be exclusive and absolute, and the work of requital will lie entirely in His hands.
There will be no error, no undue punishments, nor undue rewards.
Unlike a judge who is bound to give his judgement strictly in accordance with a prescribed law, God, being the Master of the Day of Judgement, can forgive and show mercy wherever and in whatever manner he may like.
While researching the entry Can I see God, I read that people who do not believe in God are also shown significant true dreams, such as the cup bearer and the baker for the King of Egypt who were in prison with Joseph, one saw himself pressing wine, and the other saw himself carrying bread on his head of which birds were eating, and the Pharaoh who saw seven fat cows and seven lean cows (Genesis 40:5-41:20) (Quran 12:37-44). So someone who believes in God should see true dreams too.
Last night I dreamt that I was descending a steep eroded dirt cliff down toward the beach, and on reaching the bottom I saw a enclave in the cliff wall on my left in which there was a small 12 inch pool or bowl of water above waist level that had some coins at the bottom covered in slime. It seemed people may have thrown them in like they do in a wishing well or a fountain.
I started taking the coins out with my right hand and rubbing them with my thumb to get the slime and dirt off to see what they were, and putting them in my pocket. I briefly wondered whether I should be taking them or leave them where they were, but then figured somebody else would take them anyway if they found them.
Afterward as I was walking along the beach back toward the city, I was trying to figure out how much money was in my pocket. I remembered there had been at least 5 quarters, 5 or 6 dimes, at least 1 nickel and 4 or 5 pennies. For some reason I was figuring 5 dimes made a dollar, so the amount in my pocket was at least $2.54 or $2.64. Not enough money to buy anything.
Today when I was taking my boss’s dog for a walk at lunch time, she stopped at a sitting area next to the street where people sit down to have lunch or smoke a cigarette, because yesterday someone had thrown a few chicken bones around the area and the dog had searched for them and eaten them. She could still smell them and wanted to see if there were any more left.
As soon as I got there, I saw all these coins that had fallen out of someone’s pocket while he was sitting there having lunch or smoking a cigarette, and I instantly remembered my dream from last night.
So I picked up the coins and put them in the coin pocket of my jeans as proof of my true dream.
Normally I don’t carry any coins or any cash with me. I pay for everything with my debit card. So I never have any coins or cash with me.
Upon getting back from the walk, I arranged them on a table and took a picture of them for my record. Then I looked at the picture on my computer to see how much they were. They came out to $2.55.
Of course I didn’t find them in a fountain or a pool, and they are not covered in slime and dirt. Many of them are brand new and shiny. Also they are not the same number of coins as in the dream. There are 9 quarters, 1 dime, 3 nickels and 5 pennies. But the total amount is almost the same.
I was going to bring the coins home in a plastic bag and keep them as a proof of my first true dream. But unlike in the dream, I didn’t want to keep someone else’s money, so I decided to keep them at the office and to return them to the owner if I find him, and maybe take a picture with him, to keep as a record of my first true dream.
The Merciful signifies that when man makes proper use of the means and faculties bestowed upon him, God not only rewards his labors but also inspires him with a desire for further good actions, thus opening out to him unending avenues of progress and development.
This attribute signifies that after creating man and endowing him with the means and faculties needed for his development, God made a provision that all labors and endeavors of man should have an ample reward.
The Merciful is One Who shows mercy in response to, and as a result of, the actions of man, but shows it liberally and repeatedly.
The blessings in store for us in the life to come will be given to us as a reward of our actions in this world.
The Gracious means that God provides not only all the necessary means, but also all the faculties needed for the development of man.
This attribute signifies that after creating man, God endowed him with the best capacities and capabilities, and provided the means and material needed for his physical, social, moral and spiritual development.
The Gracious is One who shows mercy gratuitously and extensively to all creation without regard to effort or work.
The abundance of everything which we enjoy in this life, which is indeed all a favor of God, is provided for us before we do anything to deserve it, or even before we are born.