[Ar-Rahman/The Most Merciful]
This is one of the reoccurring names of Allah in the Quran as mercy is a dominant attribute of Allah. Rahman is a special intensive form derived from Rahma (mercy). In human beings, Rahma means 'tenderness of the heart'. Yet, when attributed to Allah it means 'granting blessings and warding off evil, through grace and beneficence'. For this reason, Rahman, like the name Allah, is not applied to any but God. While keeping in mind of this amazing name of Allah, we should take it as a reminder to ourselves to be kind to other human beings. It is in our own interest to do only that which the Most Merciful One has guided us. The following prophetic supplication brings out the centrality of this divine name:
"Oh Lord! Reliever of worry, Remover of anxiety, responder to the call of those under duress, the Merciful and the Mercy-Giver in this world and the Hereafter. It is You Who will have mercy on me in a way that frees me from seeking mercy from anyone besides you" (al-Hākim)
Allah's mercy in this world is general; given to the believer and the unbeliever. He provides for them and gives them health and what they ask for. "We bestow Our mercy on whoever We will, and shall never deny the righteous their reward" ﴾12.56﴿ "Allah created one hundred mercies, given He put one of them among His creatures by which they love one another, and Allah had the other ninety nine" [Al Bukhari]
We must always ask for Allah's mercy and grace, and call Him by this name: our deeds by themselves do not qualify us to go to paradise.
Also we ought to begin any important action with "In the name of Allah, the All-merciful, the All-compassionate." ﴾1.1﴿ ‘Our Lord! We have believed, so forgive us, and have mercy on us, for You are the Best of the merciful.' ﴾23.109﴿
Have compassion for all of Allah's creatures.