In the creation of humankind, the divine attributes of forgiveness, mercy and kindness are also manifested.Human beings were created good and pure with a natural awareness of good and evil.The Almighty also created in humans desires, and gave them an ability to control those desires according to divine law or to turn them loose and follow them blindly.God created mankind knowing that they would disobey Him.Consequently, He taught human beings, beginning with Adam, how to repent and thereby purify themselves of their sins.Adam and Eve represent a pattern for all mankind to follow.They forgot the commandment of God, and Satan played on their desires.After they had disobeyed God, they turned back to Him in repentance, and He forgave them.In humankind’s disobedience and turning back to God in repentance, the divine attributes of total forgiveness and infinite mercy become manifest.The final Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, informed his followers of this reality, saying:
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“If you did not commit sins and turn to God, seeking His forgiveness, He would have replaced you with another people who would sin, ask God’s forgiveness and He would forgive them.” (Saheeh Muslim)
Every one of the 114 Chapters of the final revelation, except one, begins with the prayer, “In the name of God, the Beneficent the Most Merciful.”God’s attributes of mercy and forgiveness are stressed to encourage humans not to fall into despair.