Inspiration: Mercy to the world

Episode-11 from the amazing Inspiration Series by Mohamed Zeyara.

Allah says in the Quran:

“And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you; so pass over (their faults), and ask (Allah’s) Forgiveness for them; and consult them in the affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).” [Quran, 3:159]

The Prophet commanded that no animal be tortured or over-burdened, while assuring that no active kindness towards them will go unrewarded in the hereafter.

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may pace be upon him) as saying: “A prostitute saw a dog moving around a well on a hot day and hanging out its tongue because of thirst. She drew water for it in her shoe and she was pardoned (for this act of hers).” [Sahih Muslim, Book #026, Hadith #5578]

Abdullah reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: “A woman was tormented because of a cat which she had confined until it died and she had to get into Hell. She did not allow it either to eat or drink as it was confined, nor did she free it so that it might eat the insects of the earth.” [Sahih Muslim, Book #032, Hadith #6345]

So, if this was the mercy for animals, then what about us!

In a narration from Anas ibn Malik, he mentions: “I was walking with Allah’s Messenger. He was wearing a robe with thick trims, made of a material. At this time a Bedouin came to him, grabbing him by the collar with force and pulling the Prophet to him. I looked at the neck of the Prophet, upon him be peace, and his robe had left a mark on it. (On narration of Muslim, the narration goes as follows: “He pulled Allah’s Messenger to himself so strongly that the Allah’s Messenger turned towards the chest of the Bedouin.” And again in another narration, “He pulled him so hard that his robe tore. And the seam lines left a mark on the neck of the Allah’s Messenger.”)

The events unfolded as follows: The Bedouin said, “O Muhammad! Give me my due!!” The Prophet looked at him and smiled, asking that something be given to him.

So if this is how he was with a man with bad manners, then what about the one who sits quietly waiting for help or asks politely!

May Allah send Peace and Blessings upon the Prophet.

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