To what lengths will The God go to show His Mercy?

A man killed 99 people

[(The Prophet said, “There was a man from among a nation before you who killed ninety nine people & then he set out asking (whether his repentance could be accepted or not). he began to make an inquiry whether there was any way left for him for repentance  & moved from one village to another village where there lived pious persons, & as he had covered some distance,)]

[(He came to a monk & asked him about that, & he said, There is no chance for repentance for you. He killed the monk also thus completing one hundred.)]

[(He kept on asking till he then asked about the learned persons of the earth & he was directed to a scholar, & he told him that he had killed one hundred persons & asked him whether there was any scope for his repentance to be accepted. He said: Yes, what stands between you & the repentance?  the man said, You better go to such & such land; there are people devoted to prayer & worship & you also worship along with them & do not come to the land of yours, since it was an evil land (for you). So he went away & he had hardly covered half the distance when death came to him & there was a dispute between The Angels of mercy & The Angels of punishment.)]

[(The Angels of mercy said: This man has come as a penitent & remorseful to The God & The Angels of punishment said: He has done no good at all. Then there came another Angel in the form of a human being in order to decide between them. He said: You measure the land to which he has drawn near.)] 

[(The God) ordered the village (towards which he was going) to come closer to him (his body), & ordered the village (whence he had come), to go far away (from his body), & then He ordered The Angels to measure the distances between his body & the two villages.)]

[(So he was found to be one span closer to the village (he was going to). So he was forgiven.” so The Angels of mercy collected his soul”.)]

(source: [Al-Bukhari & Muslim].

Narrated byvAbu Sa`id Al-Khudri,

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