The Pardoner, The Most Forgiving, The Effacing, The Eliminator of Sins
The One who blots out and leaves no trace of any sin or fault.
The One who passes over and absolves any fault.
The One who can remove and obliterate all traces of wrong actions.
The One who can make any sin, error or fault
From the root 'a-f-a which has the following classical Arabic connotations:
This name is used in the Qur'ān. For example, see 4:99
The words Ghafūr and Ghaffār denote simply forgiving or protecting, while 'Afūw indicates complete removal or obliteration of the condition.
The classical Arabic dictionary Taj al-Arūs offers a beautiful metaphor wherein 'afūw is said to be like a mighty desert wind which completely obliterates the footprints in the sand.
Abū Hāmid al-Ghazālī wrote:
'Afūw and Muntaqim are complementary attributes. 'Afūw is the forgiver, while Muntaqim is the avenger.
(Also written as al-afuw, al-afoo, al-afoow, al-afu, al-afuww, al-affuw, or al-afuwwun, the Most Forgiving: ya afuw, ya afoo, ya afoow, ya afu, ya afuww, ya affuw, or ya afuwwun)