Surah Al-Anaam, Verse 54:
وَإِذَا جَاءَكَ الَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِآيَاتِنَا فَقُلْ سَلَامٌ عَلَيْكُمْ كَتَبَ رَبُّكُمْ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِهِ الرَّحْمَةَ أَنَّهُ مَنْ عَمِلَ مِنكُمْ سُوءًا بِجَهَالَةٍ ثُمَّ تَابَ مِن بَعْدِهِ وَأَصْلَحَ فَأَنَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
When those who believe in Our Ayat (verses, signs, etc.) come to you, say: “Salamun ‘Alaikum”; your Lord has written Mercy for Himself, so that, if any of you does evil in ignorance, and thereafter repents and does righteous good deeds (by obeying Allah), then surely, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
“your Lord has written Mercy for Himself”, meaning He has obliged His Most Honored self to grant mercy, as a favor, out of His compassion & beneficence [tafseer Ibn kathir]
Surely, when we think of Allah’s mercy, we can’t help but fight back tears. He is the Creator of all of us, He has the freedom of doing what He wants with us, & yet He (swt) chose to show us mercy beyond human comprehension. He is Ar-rauf, (Most kind) A-wahhab (The bestower), Al-lateef (The Most subtle) to list but a few.
He is the one who will always accept the repentance of the sinner up until the time his soul reaches his throat, the one who for every good deed double it by 10 but doesn’t do likewise with a sin (6:160), the one who is more merciful with His slave than the mother of the slave, the one who gave us the Qur’an, the ultimate source of guidance.
In order to understand this amazing concept the prophet (saw) informs us that “Allah has divided mercy into 100 parts, & He retained with Him 99 parts and sent down to earth one part.” [Al-bukhari]. Subhanallah! Have we ever heard of such mercy?
“Say: “In the Bounty of Allah, & in His Mercy (i.e. Islam & the Quran); -therein let them rejoice.” That is better than what (the wealth) they amass” [10:58].
May He gift us with more from His ‘Gems’ & make of us of those who live with the whole Qur’an, in heart and in mind, ameen.