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Ar-Rahmaan is more intense than Ar-Raheem – Because Ar-Rahmaan is the one endowed with Mercy that extends to all of the creations in this world and to the believers in the Hereafter. Ar-Raheem on the other hand is the One endowed with Mercy that extends to only the believers on the Day of Judgement.
This is understood by the narration reported from Eesa, as mentioned by ibn Katheer and others – that Essa (alaihi as-salaam) said: “Ar-Rahmaan: the One Who shows Mercy in this world and the Hereafter. Ar-Raheem: the One Who shows Mercy in the Hereafter”
The Names Ar-Rahmaan and Ar-Raheem are two of the names of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala which refer to Allah’s attribute of mercy. This is why these names are called”soft” names. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala chose these names to start every Surah of the Quran except one.
The name Ar-Raheem refers to the action or the effect of this intense mercy on creation. The form Ar-Raheem indicates repetition in the Arabic language. It indicates how this mercy encompasses creatures. An example is given: imagine a shower of blessings, and imagine the shower as very intense and continuous. Allah is the intense and the continuous merciful!
Ar-Rahman is structure of fa’laan, Ar-Raheem is structure of fa’eel. They both have mubaalaghah (intensification). What is the difference? Rahman has more mubaalagah (intensification) than Raheem. So ar Rahmaan indicates the One who has extensive and great mercy. Who is Ar Raheem then? He is the One who has extensive and great mercy but He expresses it on the ones whom He chooses. So Ar-Rahman extends to all of His creation including disbelievers, and Ar-Raheem extends to Allah’s special mercy only for the believers.
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TARIQ TEACHES: Allah’s 99 Names!
Let your child follow along with Tariq the Tiger as he teaches Allah’s 99 Names in fun, simple, child-friendly format. Includes fun printable badges, coloring sheets, and much more! Learn more about the “Tariq Teaches” program here.
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Resources for Kids from Iman’s Home-School: Ar-Raheem
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