T IE: 1\ 1 1l]S M

JPRA) Y lER

with an introdu ction to

The Mosque in Is la m

b y

Ahmed Deedat

"In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Metcitul.' All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds . The Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. Sovereign of the Day of Recompense. It is You we worship and You we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path - the path of those You have blessed, not those who have earned Your anger, nor those who have gone astray."

I Ar -R alpn an ar -raneern are t wo a ttributive n ames o f Allah d erived f rom th e wo rd " r31pnall" ( mercy) . In A rabic gr ammar b oth a re int ensive f orms o f " m e r c ifu) " (i.e., e xtremely m erciful). A d ouble me aning i s i ntended by u sing b oth t ogether. RatJm an is us ed o nly t o describ e Allah ( sublJanalJU wa La'iH a), whil e rah e ern mi ght b e u sed t o d escribe a p erson as w ell. Th e Prophet (p eace a nd bl essings b e up on him ) was d escrib e d in th e Q ur'an as ra1.Je em. R a/.lmiin is a bove th e hum an le vel ( i .e. , i ntensely m erciful). Si nce o ne u sually und erstands i ntensity t o b e som ething of sh ort d uration, All ah d escribes Him self al so as ra/.Jc em (i .e., c ontinually m erciful) . RaiJm an al so ca rries a w ider m eaning -m erciful t o a ll c reation . J ustice i s a p art o f thi s m ercy . Reh cetn h as a m eaning o f s pecifi c ity -es pecially a nd s pecifically m erciful t o thebeli evers . Fo rgive ness is ap arto ft his mer cy.

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