Mercy and Compassion in Islam

The Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) was forgiving and merciful and his guidance came from God who is the truly merciful and Compassionate. Although stern (when it was the appropriate time) against those who practiced real evil, Muhammad (may God bless him and give him peace) was of the gentlest of souls at other times. He was a greater exemplar of mercy to the enemy than could ever be found in the Christian world past or present.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (may God bless him and give him peace) had all the good qualities, which people may have. When those who had been enemies or persecutors of the Muslims fund that the ‘tables were turned’ on them and that the Muslims now had the upper hand, the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) treated them fairly and left many examples of great forgiveness.

Muhammad proved his mercy and forgiveness time and time again and forgave the people of Taif who had tried to stone him to death as well as a Bedouin who tried to murder him and Umayr bin Wahb and Safwaan bin Ummayah who had been in a foiled attempt at assassinating him. Muslims are instructed by God to be gentle and kind to their husbands and wives just as they should be so to other people. The Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) stated,

“Let NO Muslim male entertain any malice

against a Muslim female.

He may dislike one habit in her,

but find another in her which is pleasing

(Sahih Muslim).

He (may God bless him and give him peace) also stated that;

“The most perfect Muslim in the matter of faith

is the one who has an excellent behavior;

and the best amongst you

are those who behave best towards their wives

(Tirmidhi).

A beautiful peace of advice given by the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) were words to the effect that; (Giving in) Charity does not decrease one’s wealth, (practicing) forgiveness only raises a man’s honor, God raises up one who humbles himself before his Lord. (Muslim, Sahih) God says in the Holy Qur’an;

And speak good to people

(al-Baqarah 2,45).

The Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) is reported to have once declared that;

A true believer does not insult or curse people;

nor does he use obscene or cruel language.

(Al Tirmidhi, Shamail).

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (may God bless him and give him peace) was the great exemplar for the Muslims of how to treat the poor and needy with kindness and respect. Muhammad (may God bless him and give him peace) and his companions lived frugal lives and gave away great amounts of sadaqa (charity) to those who needed assistance.

‘We created not the heavens

and the earth

and all that is between them

except with truth

and lo! the Hour

is certainly coming so forgive,

O Muhammad with gracious forgiveness.’

(Surah al-Hijr 85)

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saws) demonstrated kindness and mercy to children and ordered the believers to be gentle and kind towards them.

When a child is born the call to prayer (Adhaan) is whispered in their right ear and the rising for the prayer (Iqamah) is whispered in the left one.

When they are one week old the father of the child should have a sheep sacrificed, cut the baby’s hair and give the weight of the hair in silver to the poor.

The parents should choose a virtuous beautiful name for the child and if he is a boy they should have him circumcised.

God gives children rights from their believing parents. These include the right not to be killed (or aborted) as was done in the days of Pagan ignorance, the right for for food, shelter, security and other basics of life and the right to a proper education in the ways of living, especially in regards Divine religion.

It is a duty of the believing parent to teach their child to pray once they are seven and to encourage them to perform it with them.

They must protect their children from harmful influences, separate them from harmful “friends” and help them develop in good ways and bringing them up in belief.

They must protect them from vice and corruption and encourage them to marry promptly when they become adults to save them from falling into the traps that Satan has set up for those who do not.

Wise parents seek to equip their growing children with all the skills and understandings necessary to live in the world – where youths learn a practical trade whilst still young it gives them a security net – rather than limiting them to that which they learned.

So are all people children,

round the saints of God;

None adults are, save they

who’ve cast off passion’s clod.’

Twas said: “The world’s a toy,

a plaything; and men all

Are infants.” These are God’s words.

True in sense they fall.

No child but loves his toys,

his playthings, games, and sports;

By cultivation of the mind

man sense imports.

Man’s love for worldly things

is like child’s love for toys;

The child and man, in these,

repeat each other’s joys.

The child, in play,

performs the very selfsame part,

He’ll act when grown a hero,

learned debating art.

Men’s quarrels are the same

as those fought out by boys;

They’re senseless, reasonless;

they squabble for mere toys

Their weapons are but

wooden swords, as used in play;

Their objects are not worth a thought, by night or day.

(Rumi)

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