“Those who say: Our Lord! Surely we believe, therefore forgive us our faults and save us from the
chastisement of the fire.” Surah Ale Imran, ayah 16

The pronoun, ‘‘those’’, refers to ‘‘those who guard (against evil)’’, mentioned in the preceding verse.
They call upon Allah (s.w.t) and say, ‘‘Our Lord!’’ By declaring His lordship, they confess their own
servitude and seek His Mercy to grant them what they are asking for. ‘‘surely we believe’’: The sentence
is not an attempt to lay God under their obligation, becuse it is Allah (s.w.t) who lays the believers under
His obligation by helping them to believe. Rather it is a plea to Allah (s.w.t) to fulfill for them the promise
of forgiveness made with the believers.

The forgiveness of sins does not necessarily mean release from punishment. Saving a sinner from
punishment is a grace which Allah (s.w.t) bestows on him who believes in Him and worships Him. Of
course, sometimes Allah (s.w.t) in His mercy establishes some rights for the servants on Himself; and
one of those rights is the promise given to them that He would forgive their sins and save them from the
chastisement of the Fire

“And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord; and a Garden, the extensiveness of which is (as) the heavens
and the earth, it is prepared for those who guard (against evil).” Surah Ale Imran, ayah 17

The Qur’an, in most of the places, joins forgiveness with the Garden. It is because the Garden is a
place of purity and cleanliness; the impurities of sins and filth of vices cannot enter it, nor can a person
tarnished by them — except after forgiveness and removal of that filth.

The clause, ‘‘and a Garden, the extensiveness of which is (as) the heavens and the earth’’ denotes here
spaciousness, extensiveness; it is a common usage; the expression metaphorically implies that it is
spacious to the utmost, or to an extent that human imagination cannot reach it.

The clause, ‘‘it is prepared for the pious ones’’, paves the way for description of the characteristics of the
pious ones which is given in the coming verses.

A famous narration:

A lady during the time of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) used to throw garbage on him whenever he passed
by her house. This went on for several days. However one day when the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) passed
from the same road there was no trash thrown on him. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) got surprised but
then he came to know from the neighbors that the lady was sick. So he went to visit her and the lady
was surprised to see the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) and she thought that he has come to take revenge. So
the Holy Prophet asked her, “how is your health now?” So the lady was amazed at this act of the Holy
Prophet (S.A.W) as she thought that the Prophet had other intentions. The lady immediately realized her
mistake and she immediately asked for forgiveness and she became a Muslim.

We learn from this that we should always forgive one another and should always show mercy to
everyone regardless of his race, religion, colour, etc. We need to aspire toward the perfect quality of
Allah (s.w.t), which is “The All-Forgiving.”

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