AR-RA’OOF-The Most Kind The Benign One
The One who bestows boundless clemency, tenderness and affection.
The One who shows the utmost compassion, pity and tender mercy.
The One whose gentleness, kindness and mercy are beyond understanding.
From the root r-a’-f which has the following classical Arabic connotations:
to be kind, gentle, clement
to be merciful, compassionate
to show pity
to show tenderness
This name is used in the Qur’ān. For example, see 22:65
The term Ra’ūf indicates tender affection and is regarded as the utmost mercy and compassion, the ultimate limit of ar-Rahīm. The meaning is similar to ar-Rahīm, but focuses attention on the utmost tenderness, kindness and affection which accompanies the outpouring of mercy and compassion.