بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الَّذِينَ يَحْمِلُونَ الْعَرْشَ وَمَنْ حَوْلَهُ يُسَبِّحُونَ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّهِمْ وَيُؤْمِنُونَ بِهِ وَيَسْتَغْفِرُونَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا رَبَّنَا وَسِعْتَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ رَّحْمَةً وَعِلْمًا فَاغْفِرْ لِلَّذِينَ تَابُوا وَاتَّبَعُوا سَبِيلَكَ وَقِهِمْ عَذَابَ الْجَحِيمِ ﴿٧﴾
Those [angels] who carry the Throne and those around it exalt [Allah] with praise of their Lord and believe in Him and ask forgiveness for those who have believed, [saying], “Our Lord, You have encompassed all things in mercy and knowledge, so forgive those who have repented and followed Your way and protect them from the punishment of Hellfire.
This ayah, like many others in the Qur’an is a ray of light shining through the darkest of clouds. This ayah is for those who continue to fall but realize it isn’t over, it isn’t the end, so long as they continue to get up and try again. For those chasing after hope, after light, after strength this is the ayah for you.
Note here who the angels are seeking forgiveness for, not those who carry out many deeds, not those who stand the night in prayer or fast often or give lots of charity, not even the Prophets (alaihimussalam)! The angels seek forgiveness for those who repent! It is as if Allah is reinforcing our prayer and pleads for repentance by causing the angels to follow it with their own dua for us, as if to guarantee our forgiveness. SubhanaAllah!
The surah is named after one of His beautiful names “The Forgiver- Ghafir”, commences with ayat of forgiveness and as if that wasn’t enough, Allah adds in that beautiful verse how even the angels seek forgiveness for those who repent. Who after this can despair or question the Mercy of Allah SWT?
Indeed Ya Allah You have encompassed all things in mercy!
اللهم اجعلنا من التوابين واجعلنا من المتطهرين
O Allah make us from the repenters and make us from the Pure, ameen!