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Allahs attribute The revengeful

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AssalamAlaikum Brother Burhan. may Allah Subhanah reward you appropriately for your great services for Muslim Ummah. My question is about one of the 99 Names of Allah Subhanah " Al-Muntaqim "....which basically means " The Revengeful ". could you please tell me what does this attribute of Allah Subhanah actually mean ? we are told that Allah Subhanah is " Al-Rehman & Al-Raheem " , if Allah is the most Merciful then why is He " Revengeful " at the same time ??? please clarify it since this question is bothering me too much .
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Allahs attribute The Revengeful

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


May Allah Subhanah reward you with the best of this world and the Hereafter for your kind comments of encouragement for our humble efforts in the propagation of the Truth. We humbly hope, beg, and pray the Merciful Lord accepts our humble and weak efforts, forgives us our shortcomings, and saves you, us, and all the believers from the torment of the Hell Fire. Ameen.


May Allah Subhanah bless you for asking such a thought provoking and very important question. May Allah Subhanah open yours and our hearts, and give you and us the wisdom to comprehend His Mighty and Noble Attributes.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 15 Surah Hijr verses 49-50:

49 Tell My servants that I am indeed the Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful;

50 And that My Penalty will be indeed the most grievous Penalty.


Allah Subhanah is indeed, without an iota of a doubt, The Most Merciful on His creation; but He is also the Most Just or Al-Aadil. And it is His this Attribute of being Most-Just, which demands that He take Revenge from all those arrogant people who dare to defy, deny and outright challenge Him, His Messengers, and His Message!


We must realise both sides of Allah's Attributes: His Mercy, His Grace, and His Forgiveness are unbounded; but if one takes the option, of his own free will to reject all this, His Justice and Punishment will also be beyond all that one can conceive!

What is it other than the boundless Mercy of Allah Subhanah that He gives unasked: life, and wealth, and children, and health, and all kinds of khair even to those who dare to deny Him, or associate others as partners with Him? And it is nothing but the limitless and unending Mercy of the Merciful Lord that He has given time to anyone who wishes to turn to Him in sincere repentance, that He may forgive all his past sins; no matter how huge they are! Sins as grave as adultery, or murder, or disobedience of parentsor even sins as henious and seemingly unforgivable as shirk or disbeliefNo matter what one has done; if one turns to the All-Merciful in sincere repentance, He has promised to forgive all the sins of the person, provided one turns to him before his appointment of death. Such is the unending and limitless Mercy of our Merciful Lord!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 54: When those come to you who believe in Our Signs, say: "Peace be on you! Your Lord had inscribed for Himself (the rule of) Mercy. Verily if any of you did evil in ignorance, and thereafter repented and amended (his conduct), Lo! He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumur verses 53-54: (O Prophet) say: O My servants who have wronged their own souls.Do not despair of Allahs Mercy! Surely, Allah forgives all sins. He indeed is the All Forgiving, All Merciful. Return to your Lord and submit to Him before the scourge overtakes you; for then you may get no help from anywhere.


But if some people, in their arrogance and ignorance, dare to disregard the limitless Mercy of Allah Subhanah, and dare to deny and defy Him, His Messengers, and His Message then it is the Sunnah or Way of Allah Subhanah that He extracts Revenge from such evil and wicked people; but not before He, in His Mercy, has given them a considerable long period of time to repent for their evil deeds.


The people of Aad, and Thamud, and Madyan, and Aikah, and the Pharoah, and Prophet Lut, etc. are examples in the Quran of how Allah extracts revenge from the people who deny Him and His Messengers, after all His Signs are explained and shown to them! The people of Prophet Nooh (a.s.) were given 950 years to turn back to Allah Subhanah in submission; but they rejected and denied His Messenger and His Message; only then did Allah Subhanah extract His Just Revenge from the transgressors.


His Noble Attribute of being the All Just demands that He take Revenge from the disbelievers and the evil doers. Because if the Merciful does not take Revenge from such people, there could never be Justice!


Allow us to relate a simple example to make our point clearer. If there is a government which is extremely merciful to all its citizens and forgives everyone who commits a crime, there would be absolute anarchy in the land. The criminals would go on a rampage and no ones life, or property, or honor would be protected, for the criminals would know that their merciful government will always forgive everything they did! It is only when the criminals know that the government will bring them to justice for their deeds and extract a just punishment, will they fear the law and allow the righteous people in the society to live their lives in peace.


Justice demands that the evil doers be punished, and full revenge be taken from them for their evil deeds.

Just look at the state of the weak and oppressed in Palestine, and Afghanistan, and Bosnia, and Kashmir, and Iraq, and Syria, and Egypt, and Algeria, etc. etc.


  • Who can repay the tears of the millions of widows whose husbands were blown to pieces by the tanks and bombs of the unjust invaders and rulers?
  • Who can repay the plight of the millions of orphans whose fathers were maimed, tortured, and murdered in front of their very eyes?
  • Who can repay the plight of millions of refugees who were forced to leave their lands and their houses by unjust oppressors?
  • Who can repay the tears of the millions of mothers and fathers who have carried their infants and their young to the graveyard?
  • Who can repay the helplessness of the weak whose hands, or legs, or eyes, were blown away by the smart bombs that rained on these places?


Do the strong think that they shall be left unaccountable for their evil and heinous deeds? Will or Should not Allah Subhanah extract a full and comprehensive Revenge from the unjust oppressors?


Indeed Allah Subhanah is Merciful; but not to those who are unjust oppressors and deniers of the Truth. Allah will be Merciful to those who submit to Him, and obey Him and His Messengers and it is a condition of His being All Just, that He extract Retribution and Revenge for the weak from the evil and unjust oppressors!


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 83 Surah Mutaffefeen verses 4-12:

4 Do they not think that they will be called to account

5 On a Mighty Day?

6 A Day when (all) mankind will stand before the Lord of the Worlds?

7 Nay! Surely the Record of the Wicked is (preserved) in Sijjin

8 And what will explain to thee what Sijjin is?

9 (There is) a Register (fully) inscribed.

10 Woe that Day to those that deny!

11 Those that deny the Day of Judgment.

12 And none can deny it but the Transgressor beyond bounds, the Sinner!


Thus beloved sister in Islam, our Lord is indeed the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy; but His Mercy will be bestowed upon those who obeyed Him, His Messengers, and His Message and did righteous good deeds. But those who denied Him and His Messengers, and did evil unjust deeds; Allah Subhanah in His capacity as the All-Just Judge, will extract a full Retribution from these evil doers.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 15 Surah Hijr verses 49-50:

49 Tell My servants that I am indeed the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful;

50 And that My Penalty will be indeed the most grievous Penalty.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,





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