When I started my blog in 2008, I promised to describe in detail one of Allah's most beautiful names every month. Unfortunately, the last time I did was a year ago! Literally. So insha'Allah, I'll be starting again.
Rahim is another attribute, also in the intensive form derived from rahma (mercy). Here, 'mercy' implies pity, patience and forgiveness, all which sinners need. "O My servants who have transgressed against their souls; do not despair of Allah's mercy; surely He is the All-Forgiving, the All-Compassionate." (39:53)
Allah is more merciful than vengeful. In a Hadith, he says, "My mercy surpasses my wrath." (Bukhari, Muslim). In the Hereafter, Allah is All-Compassionate to the believers only. "My mercy embraces all things, and I shall prescribe it for those who are god-fearing." (7:156) Do you think this mother would throw her infant child in the fire? Allah is more merciful to His servants than she is to her child." (Bukhari, Muslim)
Indeed, to be merciful is essential for a Muslim: "The merciful ones will be given mercy by the All-Merciful. Be merciful to those who are on this earth, and the One in heaven will have mercy on you." (Bukhari)
May Allah 'azzawajal make us Muslims who deserve and earn His mercy. Ameen ya Rabb!