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God's names - Ar-Rahmaan by Nayzak God's names - Ar-Rahmaan by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],


In the previous part:

We read that since the God is beyond our limited human perception, it is sometimes difficult for us to imagine His characteristics. therefore The God offers in his divine book, The Qur'an, his descriptions by using many different attributes or “names,” which help human beings understand the nature of God.

Today I'd like to start with a very common name of the Almighty:


:bulletred: Ar-Rahmaan:

The Qur'an has 114 chapters. Each chapter of the Qur'an, except one, starts with Bismillaahir-rahmaanir-raheem (translated as 'in the name of the God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful'). this expression repeats 114 times in the Qur'an. in this expression, we have three names of the God: Allah, Ar-Rahmaan and Ar-Raheem.

Many of the Arabic words can not be faithfully translated into one single English word. in different translations of the Qur'an, the name Ar-Rahmaan is usually translated as The Most Merciful, the Entirely Merciful, the Beneficent or the Most Beneficent. but all these words fail to express the strong Arabic meaning.

the word Rahmaan is derived from the Arabic root r-h-m which has the following classical Arabic connotations:
- to have tenderness, gentleness, kindness
- to love
- to have mercy, to have pity
- to show favor and goodness
- to have all that is required for beneficence


:bulletred: Going deeper with grammatical meaning

The noun ‘رَحْمَان’ (Rahmaan) is in the intensive form of ‘فَعْلان’ (fa‘laan), (eg: ‘سَكْرَان’ (Sakraan) and ‘غَضْبَان’ (Gadbaan)), while the noun ‘رَحِيْم’ (Raheem): is an adjective of the form ‘فَعِيْل’ (fa‘eel) (eg: ‘عَلِيْم’ (‘Aleem) and ‘كريم’ kareem)). A look at the usage of the Arabic language shows that the form ‘فَعْلان’ (fa‘laan) expresses vastness, great fervency and enthusiasm, while the form ‘فَعِيْل’ (fa‘eel) expresses steadiness and perpetuity. In other words, the first depicts vigor and the second constancy in God’s mercy. A little deliberation shows that the Almighty’s mercy on His creation possesses both these characteristics. The enthusiasm and warmth is complemented by permanence. It is not that His attribute of ‘رَحْمَان’ (Rahmaan) induced Him to create, and He later forgot to foster and sustain His creation. Indeed, He is nourishing and taking proper care of them because He is ‘رَحِيْم’ (Raheem) as well. Whenever a person invokes His help, He hears his calls and accepts his prayers. Also, His blessings are not confined to this world only. Those who lead their lives according to the path prescribed by Him shall be blessed with eternal life and joy. It must be conceded that all these aspects cannot be comprehended without an integrated understanding of these attributes.
Ar-Rahmaan conveys the idea of fullness and extensiveness, indicating the great quality of love and mercy which engulfs all of creation without any effort or request on our part, while Rahîm conveys the idea of constant renewal and giving liberal reward to those who are deserving.

Ar-Rahmaan is the One who continually showers all of creation with blessings and prosperity without any disparity. The One who is most kind, loving and merciful. The One whose endless, loving mercy is perfect and inclusive. The One who is overflowing with the quality of loving mercy and is continually pouring it upon all of creation. The One whose perfect mercy and loving beneficence endlessly embrace all of creation. The One who loves and cherishes all of creation. The One who is most loving, gentle and merciful.

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I hope this was beneficial.


if I am right, it is from the God. if I am wrong, it is from myself.
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illykitty Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I LOVE all of your art it is a wonderful way to reach out but also all of the info on Islam. I love the name Ar-Rahmaan and the Quran Surah with the same name is probably my favourite! It shows how much Allah cares!
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asarochi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
wonderfully amazing
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SubhanaAllah ♥ It's so beautiful !

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More,more,more !!!
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idzaf Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
This always helps me! ;3;
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atram95 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Is Magnificent!! I love it!!
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hitorithefirst Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
not bad
i can see that you worked hard on this
mashallah
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
That is beautiful calligraphy and I love the design of the frame. Truly inspired!
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mohamedfreezer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
al slmao alykom wa rahamot ALLAHE wa brkatoh

MASHALLAH MASHALLAH MASHALLAH

very very very very very splendid my big bro

thank you very ...... much for the hardest work

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Fidia95 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mashallah!
IT'S JUST GORGEOUS! colours are perfect!!!
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harunoTragedy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
and wa3lukm alssalaam
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harunoTragedy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
awesomeness
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Abeer-Kasiri Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful...mashaALLAH
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sleepyoldvamp Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
How beautiful! And educational!
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Joserinu Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Gorgeous art piece. Thank you for the explanation :)
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Sparrowfall-Hollow Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really lovely work, and a beautiful explanation of the language behind it. :) I'm not Muslim so I can't really fully appreciate it, but this piece and your care in translating the meaning is truly beautiful.
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grindARTstone Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Beautiful! I used to live in Kuwait for ten years, and I used to know some of the surat in the Qur'an
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BooooAlak Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
PRETTY GOOD. THUMBS UP DUDE. MAA SHAA ALLAH :
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Llaverion Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really cool to learn about. The more you know!
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HoudaShams Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
السلام عليكم
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KiraMari Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
beautifully done, Masha Allah!!!!
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JediMase Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
This is very cool. I love the breakdown of the shades of meaning in the words.
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jasperoura Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
s;kfmtjg This made me happy, for obvious reasons >u< You did a beautiful job explaining! :heart:
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tarmawolf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Be'esmeh Allah Rahman-e Rahim =)
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000123456789 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
السلام عليكم
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
و عليكم السلام و رحمة الله و بركاته
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Amikazi Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Isn't there one sura which does not begin with Bismillaahir-rahmaanir-raheem? So i guess there would be 113 times in which it is mentioned right :D
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
indeed there is a Surah without Bismillaahir-rahmaanir-raheem.
but there is a Surah with 2 Bismillaahir-rahmaanir-raheem. therefore, the count is 114.
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Amikazi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh which surah is that? I did not know, sorry Allaahumma zidnee ilman
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
surah an-Naml (#27)
In Solomon's letter to the Queen of Sheba. it started with "Bismillaahir-rahmaanir-raheem".
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Amikazi Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the clarification. I'll look for it in my Mus'haf.
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Raakone Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
What about the first surah....the single verse one, sometimes called "Lord's Prayer of the Muslims"....or the Exordium....does that mention it at all? *curious* (I read parts of a translated version a long time ago)
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
in fact Al-Fatiha starts with this expression. and the two names Ar-Rahmaan and Ar-Raheem repeat twice in that Surah...
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Raakone Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
sorry, forgot it's not a single verse, but it still stands out...and found out it's "Al-Fatihah"
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