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In Islam if a person commits a sin, does that sin ever have a chance at being forgiven?

Allah says in the Qur’an

3953Say: “O My slaves who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allâh, Verily Allâh forgives All sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

In my last post I said that Allah has more than just one name, these names describe his attributes. Well, two of his names areالغفور (pronounced Al- Ghafoor) and الغفار (prnounced Al-Ghafaar).

Al Ghafoor الغفور means “quality of forgiveness.” While Al Ghafaar الغفار means “quantity of forgiveness.” Similar yet slightly different meanings.

Both word come from the root word غفر (pronounced ghafara) which translates to “to cover” or sometimes can be used as “to protect”.

What this name means is that Allah will cover up a sinful person’s sins, and protect them from the punishment of the sins.

The name Al Ghafoor(which is in the verse I quoted at the top) is mentioned 91 one times in the Qur’an. 72 times it is accompanied by the name Ar Rahman(the most merciful), just like the example at the top. 6 times with al Haleem(the ever forbearing). 4 times with the name Aufu(the oft pardoning). 3 times with Ash Shakir(the all apreciative). 2 times with Al Azeez(the all mighty). And one time with Al Wadud(the Most loving).

When you think of Islam, remember to think of the one of always forgives, and forgives the most, Allah.


  1. Allah swt is the most forgiving 😀
    Brilliant blog post (as usual) 😉
    Keep up the good work ekhi
    and yea..the moon thing makes my skin just crawl..
    how moronic can one be? lol

  2. Please You Send Qulhowlahoahad

    • invitation2islam
    • Posted March 4, 2010 at 5:34 pm
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    Surah Ikhlas?

    In the Name of Allâh, the Most
    Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

    1. Say (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)): “He is Allâh, (the) One.[]

    2. The Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need, He neither eats nor drinks.

    3. “He begets not, nor was He begotten;

    4. “And there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him.”

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