What is the difference between Rehman and Al Rehman?

Or they both exactly same

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    Sep 2, 2019 at 13:31

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In Arabic, the article "Al-" or as in Arabic ال, indicates that the name which comes right after it is "known" and "definite". Close to "the" in English or "Le/La/Les" in French.

The word Rehman, itself, is an adjective, meaning "Gracious" , "Kind" , "Compassionate". But in Islamic context, Al-rehman (الرحمن) means Allah, as in بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم. Or as in the holy Quran:(سورة الرحمن/ آیات ۱-۲) *

(۲)الرَّحْمَنُ (۱) عَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ

  • which means, The Compassionate [Allah], taught the Quran.

I hope this will answer your question.

Rahman (Arabic: رحمن‎, Raḥmān) is an Arabic male name meaning Gracious. With nisba (Arabic onomastic), the name becomes Rahmani, means "descendant of the gracious one" and is used as a surname. In Islam, Ar-Rahman (The Most Gracious) is one of the Names of God.

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