AL-GHAFFᾹR (الغفار) The All-Forgiving
الغفور) The Exceedingly Forgiving
الغافر) The Forgiver
غافرالذنب) Forgiver of Sin
خَيْرُ الْغَافِرِينَ) The Best of Forgivers
ذُو مَغْفِرَةٍ) Owner of Forgiveness
وَاسِعُ الْمَغْفِرَةِ) Vast in Forgiveness
أَهْلُ الْمَغْفِرَةِ) Adequate in Granting Forgiveness

Linguistically, MAGHFIRAH indicates the veiling and forgiveness of sins. GHAFFAR refers to the quantity of Allah’s forgiveness while GHAFUR refers to the quality of His forgiveness.  Al-Ghaffar is the One who repeatedly and generously forgives recurring multiple sins. He covers our sins and also protects us from its consequences.

AL-GHAFURUR RAHIM is one of the most repeatedcombinations of Allah’s beautiful names showing that His perfect forgiveness is truly a sign of His ultimate mercy for us. The letter YA (ي) in AR-RAHIM indicates His continuous mercy and the letter WAW (و)  in AL-GHAFUR indicates His exceeding forgiveness. His forgiveness is not continuous because that would mean that there is no Hell.

A true believer never despairs because Allah says in one of the most hope-giving, heart-comforting verses: “Say, O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” [Az-Zumar 39:53]

Once a man came into the Prophet’s mosque lamenting over his sins. The man was so overcome and saddened by his state that the Prophet (ﷺ) said to him, “Say this: ALLAHUMMA MAGHFIRATUKA AWSA’A MIN DHUNUBI WA RAHMATUKA ARJA ‘INDI MIN ‘AMALI (اللهم مغفرتك أوسع من ذنوبي ورحمتك أرجى عندي من عملي) – Oh Allah, your forgiveness is greater than my sins and my hope in Your mercy is greater to me than my actions.”The man said this and the Prophet (ﷺ) said to him, “Say it again.”The man repeated it then the Prophet (ﷺ) said to him, “Say it again.”The man did it and the Prophet (ﷺ) said to him, “Arise for, indeed, Allah has forgiven you.” [Related by Al-Hakim with a sound chain]


  • … the Exalted in Might, the Perpetual Forgiver.” [Sad 38:66]
  •  [O Muhammad], inform My servants that it is Me who is the Forgiving, the Merciful. [Al-Hijr 15:49]
  • … And He is the Forgiving, the Merciful. [Yunus 10:107]
  • … He said, I will ask forgiveness for you from my Lord. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful. [Yusuf 12:98]
  • The forgiver of sin (Ghafir Adh-Dhamb), acceptor of repentance, severe in punishment…. [Ghafir 40:3]
  • … You are our Protector, so forgive us and have mercy upon us; and You are the Best of Forgivers (Khayrul Ghafirin). [Al-Araf 7:155]
  • … Verily, your Lord is the Possessor of forgiveness (Dhu Maghfirah)…. [Fussilat 41:43]
  • Those who avoid the major sins and immoralities, only [committing] slight ones. Indeed, your Lord is Vast in forgiveness (Wasi’ul Maghfirah). [An-Najm 53:32]
  • And they will not remember except that Allah wills. He is worthy of fear and adequate for [granting] forgiveness (Ahlul Maghfirah). [Al-Muddaththir 74:56]
  • Chapter 40 is GHAFIR meaning the Forgiver.


  1. Video: The Beautiful Names of Allah series by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi – Part 6 (Al-Ghafir, Al-Ghafur, Al-Ghaffar)
  2. Video: The Beautiful Names of Allah (Al-Ghafur, Al-Ghaffar, At-Tawwab) by Shaykh Fadel Soliman
  3. Audio: Explaining the Names of Allah by Dr. Fadi Yousef Kablawi (Abu Ubeidah Al-Maqdisi): Part 22 (Al-Ghafir, Al-Ghafur, Al-Ghaffar)
  4. Article: The Beautiful Names of Allah (Al-Ghaffar) by Dr. Ratib An-Nabulsi
  5. Article: With the Divine: Part 51 (Al-Ghafir, Al-Ghafur, Al-Ghaffar) by Jinan Yousef