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Forbearance from inflicting harmful punishment on an adversary or offender; disposition to exercise compassion or forgiveness. The term “mercy” ( raḥma), with its cognates and synonyms, is omnipresent in the Qurʾān; and derivatives of the triliteral root gh-f-r which carry many of the same connotations are also attested throughout the Qurʾān. Muḥammad, for example, is characterized as a merciful man ( q 9:128) and believers are exhorted to show mercy and kindness in their daily lives (as at q 7:199; 17:23-4; 42:43; 64:…

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Peterson, Daniel C., “Mercy”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 04 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00120>

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