GUEST POST: The Virtues Of Forgiveness – As Described In Holy Quran

Betrayal, deception, dishonesty, cheating, and fraud! It is very unfortunate to see all these vices becoming a part of our daily lives. There are not many people who can claim they have never done anything of this sort in whole of their life. It is very sad, but very true as well.

“To err is human”, as they say. Perhaps, this is the reason why a staggering majority of humans is involved in activities that are not very commendable. The important thing is that human beings realize their wrongdoing and ask for “forgiveness” from The One Who deserves all praise and obligation, the Mighty Allah. Allah (S.W.T) says:

An-Nisa [4:110] If anyone does evil or wrongs his own soul but afterwards seeks Allah’s forgiveness, he will find Allah Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

This is definitely one of the biggest rewards awarded to humanity from Allah Almighty, i.e. the forgiveness of their wrongdoings. Some people might come up with the argument that had they not been subject to some distressful event(s) in their life, they would have stuck to the path or righteousness, and they are strayed from the right path because of the circumstances, not their will.

For such people, doing wrong things under the influence of circumstances cannot be taken as a valid and authentic argument, especially after Allah Almighty Himself declares that nobody is subjected to undue pressure. Contemplate on this verse from Holy Quran and decide for yourself:

Al-Baqara [2:286] On no soul doth Allah place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray): “Our Lord! condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; help us against those who stand against faith.”

This verse clearly indicates the fact that Almighty Allah is generous and gracious enough to expiate humans for their negligence and errors other than one, i.e. setting up partners with Him. Quran learning reveals to us all about generosity and forgiveness that Allah endows humanity with.

The following two verses from Holy Quran clearly hint towards this:

An-Nisa [4:31] If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do, We shall expiate from you your (small) sins, and admit you to a Noble Entrance (i.e. Paradise).


An-Nisa [4:116] Verily! Allâh forgives not (the sin of) setting up partners (in worship) with Him, but He forgives whom He wills sins other than that, and whoever sets up partners in worship with Allâh, has indeed strayed far away.

Human mind can easily come under the influence of worldly leisure, driven to any mischief and forbidden acts. If one falls prey to such a situation, the best way to get away with is it show remorse and seek true forgiveness from The True Forgiver that Allah Almighty is:

Aal-e-Imran [3:135] And those who having done something to be ashamed of, or wronged their own souls earnestly bring Allah to mind; and ask for forgiveness for their sins,―and who can forgive sins except Allah?,―And are never obstinate in persisting knowingly in (the wrong) they have done.

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