“Say: O my servants who have acted extravagantly against their own souls, do not despair of the mercy of Allah; surely Allah forgives the faults altogether; surely He is the Forgiving the Merciful” (Quran, 39:53).

Allah’s name “Al-Ghaffar,” meaning “The Ever Forgiving,” is related to His Mercy. If one is sincere in asking for forgiveness from Allah, there is no sin that it too great for Him to forgive. When asking for forgiveness, a person would ask directly of God and there is no intermediary or religious cleric that would intervene. Islam has the principle that one should have a direct relationship with God and one should learn to have dependence, faith and trust in Him for all their affairs. (Learn more: Concept of God in Islam)

People will enter Paradise by the Mercy of God. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) is reported to have said that no man’s good deeds alone are enough to get him admitted into Paradise, but it is only by the Mercy of God that people will enter Paradise. Our deeds are a tool to get close to God. (Read more: Life After Death)

Some other Names of Allah that are related to His Mercy (with rough translations) are Al-Karim (the Generous), Al-Halim (the Forbearing), Al-Barr (the Generous), Al-Jawwad (the Bestower of Good), Ar-Rauf (the Kind) and Al-Wahhab (the Bestower).

The 99 names with their translations are listed below.

 

 

 


Arabic Transliteration

Translation (can vary based on context)

Quranic Usage

1

Ar-Rahman

The All Beneficent, The Most Merciful in Essence, The Compassionate, The Most Gracious

Beginning of every chapter except one, and in numerous other places

2

Ar-Rahim

The Most Merciful, The Most Merciful in Actions

Beginning of every chapter except one, and in numerous other places

3

Al-Malik

The King, The Sovereign, The True and Ultimate King

59:23, 20:114

4

Al-Quddus

The Most Holy, The Most Pure, The Most Perfect

59:23, 62:1

5

As-Salaam

The Peace and Blessing, The Source of Peace and Safety, The Most Perfect

59:23

6

Al-Mu’min

The Guarantor, The Self Affirming, The Granter of Security, The Affirmer of Truth

59:23

7

Al-Muhaymin

The Guardian, The Preserver, The Overseeing Protector

59:23

8

Al-Aziz

The Almighty, The Self Sufficient, The Most Honorable

3:6, 4:158, 9:40, 48:7, 59:23

9

Al-Jabbar

The Powerful, The Irresistible, The Compeller, The Most Lofty, The Restorer/Improver of Affairs

59:23

10

Al-Mutakabbir

The Tremendous

59:23

11

Al-Khaliq

The Creator

6:102, 13:16, 39:62, 40:62, 59:24

12

Al-Bari’

The Rightful

59:24

13

Al-Musawwir

The Fashioner of Forms

59:24

14

Al-Ghaffar

The Ever Forgiving

20:82, 38:66, 39:5, 40:42, 71:10

15

Al-Qahhar

The All Compelling Subduer

13:16, 14:48, 38:65, 39:4, 40:16

16

Al-Wahhab

The Bestower

3:8, 38:9, 38:35

17

Ar-Razzaq

The Ever Providing

51:58

18

Al-Fattah

The Opener, The Victory Giver

34:26

19

Al-Alim

The All Knowing, The Omniscient

2:158, 3:92, 4:35, 24:41, 33:40

20

Al-Qabid

The Restrainer, The Straightener

2:245

21

Al-Basit

The Expander, The Munificent

2:245

22

Al-Khafid

The Abaser

95:5

23

Ar-Rafi‘e

The Exalter

58:11, 6:83

24

Al-Mu‘ezz

The Giver of Honour

3:26

25

Al-Mudhell

The Giver of Dishonour

3:26

26

As-Sami‘e

The All Hearing

2:127, 2:256, 8:17, 49:1

27

Al-Basir

The All Seeing

4:58, 17:1, 42:11, 42:27

28

Al-Hakam

The Judge, The Arbitrator

22:69

29

Al-`Adl

The Utterly Just

6:115

30

Al-Lateef

The Subtly Kind

6:103, 22:63, 31:16, 33:34

31

Al-Khabeer

The All Aware

6:18, 17:30, 49:13, 59:18

32

Al-Haleem

The Forbearing, The Indulgent

2:235, 17:44, 22:59, 35:41

33

Al-Azeem

The Magnificent, The Infinite

2:255, 42:4, 56:96

34

Al-Ghafoor

The All Forgiving

2:173, 8:69, 16:110, 41:32

35

Ash-Shakoor

The Grateful

35:30, 35:34, 42:23, 64:17

36

Al-Aliyy

The Sublimely Exalted

4:34, 31:30, 42:4, 42:51

37

Al-Kabeer

The Great

13:9, 22:62, 31:30

38

Al-Hafeez

The Preserver

11:57, 34:21, 42:6

39

Al-Muqeet

The Nourisher

4:85

40

Al-Hasib

The Reckoner

4:6, 4:86, 33:39

41

Al-Jaleel

The Majestic

55:27, 39:14, 7:143

42

Al-Karim

The Bountiful, The Generous

27:40, 82:6

43

Ar-Raqib

The Watchful

4:1, 5:117

44

Al-Mujib

The Responsive, The Answerer

11:61

45

Al-Wasse‘e

The Vast, The All Encompassing

2:268, 3:73, 5:54

46

Al-Hakeem

The Wise

31:27, 46:2, 57:1, 66:2

47

Al-Wadud

The Loving, The Kind One

11:90, 85:14

48

Al-Majeed

The All Glorious

11:73

49

Al-Ba’ith

The Raiser of The Dead

22:7

50

Ash-Shaheed

The Witness

4:166, 22:17, 41:53, 48:28

51

Al-Haqq

The Truth, The Real

6:62, 22:6, 23:116, 24:25

52

Al-Wakeel

The Trustee, The Dependable

3:173, 4:171, 28:28, 73:9

53

Al-Qawee

The Strong

22:40, 22:74, 42:19, 57:25

54

Al-Mateen

The Firm, The Steadfast

51:58

55

Al-Walee

The Protecting Friend, Patron and Helper

4:45, 7:196, 42:28, 45:19

56

Al-Hamid

The All Praiseworthy

14:8, 31:12, 31:26, 41:42

57

Al-Muhsi

The Accounter, The Numberer of All

72:28, 78:29, 82:10-12

58

Al-Mubdi’

The Producer, Originator, and Initiator of All

10:34, 27:64, 29:19, 85:13

59

Al-Mu‘id

The Reinstater Who Brings Back All

10:34, 27:64, 29:19, 85:13

60

Al-Muhyi

The Giver of Life

7:158, 15:23, 30:50, 57:2

61

Al-Mumit

The Bringer of Death, The Destroyer

3:156, 7:158, 15:23, 57:2

62

Al-Hayy

The Ever Living

2:255, 3:2, 25:58, 40:65

63

Al-Qayyum

The Self Subsisting Sustainer of All

2:255, 3:2, 20:111

64

Al-Wajid

The Perceiver, The Finder, The Unfailing

38:44

65

Al-Majid

The Illustrious, The Magnificent

85:15, 11:73,

66

Al-Wahid

The One, The Unique, Manifestation of Unity

2:163, 5:73, 9:31, 18:110

67

Al-Ahad

The One, the All Inclusive, The Indivisible

112:1

68

As-Samad

The Self Sufficient, The Impregnable,
The Eternally Besought of All, The Everlasting

112:2

69

Al-Qadir

The All Able

6:65, 36:81, 46:33, 75:40

70

Al-Muqtadir

The All Determiner, The Dominant

18:45, 54:42, 54:55

71

Al-Muqaddim

The Expediter, He Who Brings Forward

16:61, 17:34,

72

Al-Mu’akhir

The Delayer, He Who Puts Far Away

71:4

73

Al-Awwal

The First

57:3

74

Al-Akhir

The Last

57:3

75

Az-Zahir

The Manifest, The All Victorious

57:3

76

Al-Batin

The Hidden, The All Encompassing

57:3

77

Al-Waali

The Patron

13:11, 22:7

78

Al-Muta’ali

The Self Exalted

13:9

79

Al-Barr

The Most Kind and Righteous

52:28

80

At-Tawwab

The Ever Returning, Ever Relenting

2:128, 4:64, 49:12, 110:3

81

Al-Muntaqim

The Avenger

32:22, 43:41, 44:16

82

Al-‘Afuww

The Pardoner, The Effacer of Sins

4:99, 4:149, 22:60

83

Ar-Ra’uf

The Compassionate, The All Pitying

3:30, 9:117, 57:9, 59:10

84

Malik-al-Mulk

The Owner of All Sovereignty

3:26

85

Dhu-al-Jalaliwa-al-Ikram

The Lord of Majesty and Generosity

55:27, 55:78

86

Al-Muqsit

The Equitable, The Requiter

7:29, 3:18

87

Al-Jami‘e

The Gatherer, The Unifier

3:9

88

Al-Ghani

The All Rich, The Independent

3:97, 39:7, 47:38, 57:24

89

Al-Mughni

The Enricher, The Emancipator

9:28

90

Al-Mani’e

The Withholder, The Shielder, the Defender

67:21

91

Ad-Darr

The Distressor, The Harmer, The AfflictorThis attribute can only be found in hadith

6:17

92

An-Nafi‘e

The Propitious, The Benefactor

 

93

An-Nur

The Light

24:35

94

Al-Hadi

The Guide

25:31

95

Al-Badi

The Incomparable, The Originator

2:117, 6:101

96

Al-Baqi

The Ever Enduring and Immutable

20:73

97

Al-Warith

The Heir, The Inheritor of All

15:23

98

Ar-Rashid

The Guide, Infallible Teacher and Knower

2:256

99

As-Sabur

The Patient, The Timeless.