The Prophet (sala Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm) once kissed Al-Hasan
Ibn `Al î (i.e. his grandson) while Al-Aqra' Ibn Hâbis was in his
presence. So Al-Aqra' said to him: "You kiss your children. I swear
by Allâh, I have ten children and I never kissed any one of them!"
So the Prophet (sala Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm) said: "He who doesn't
show mercy (to others) will not be shown mercy (by Allâh)."
Verily, mercy - in our religion - encompasses this world and the
hereafter, as well as mankind, animals, birds, and the surrounding
Allâh says: "And My mercy encompasses every thing."
Allâh has described Himself with mercy and He has also described His
prophets and righteous servants with it.
Allâh says: "Muhammad is
the Messenger of Allâh (sala Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm) and those who
are with him are severe against the disbelievers and merciful to one
Allâh has made his sending forth of the Prophet (sala Allâhu `alihi
was-Salâm) as a mercy to all of creation, as He says: "And We have
not sent you (O Muhammad) except as a mercy to the worlds."
The word "worlds" (`âlamîn) is general and thus includes the world
of the humans, the world of the jinn, the world of the animals and
the world of the birds, as well as the nations found on land and the
nations found on sea.
And indeed Allâh has commanded that mercy be applied to every thing
and in every action. So even when you slaughter you sacrificial
animal, you show mercy to it by saying Bismillâh and by sharpening
your sword (so that it will be a quick and painless death).
The Prophet (sala Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm) said: "Verily Allâh has prescribed Ihsân (goodness) for
everything. So when you slaughter, then slaughter in a good manner,
and when you kill (in war), then kill in a good manner. And let each
of you sharpen his blade and let him spare the animal he slaughters
And Allâh indeed forgave one prostitute from the Jews who showed
mercy to a dog that was dying from thirst. She filled her shoe with
water and then taking hold of the dog's mouth, she gave it the water
to drink. So Allâh was thankful to her for what she did and forgave
And once our Prophet (sala Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm) saw one of his
Companions grab the baby of a lark, and it began screeching over the
heads of the Companions. So he (sala Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm)
said: "Who bereaved this (lark) of her child? Return her children
back to her!"
The more weak and poor a human being is, the more required we are of
showing mercy to him. And being gentle with him is what is most
incumbent. This is why our Lord has forbidden us from oppressing the
Allâh says: "Therefore, treat not the orphan with
oppression. And do not repel the beggar."
The Prophet (sala Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm) said: "The person that
looks after and supports the widow and the needy one is like the
mujâhid (one who makes Jihâd) in the Cause of Allâh."
And he (sala Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm) would rub the head of the
orphan and say: "I and the guardian of an orphan will be like this
in Paradise - and he SAWS gestured with his index and middle
Indeed he (sala Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm) commanded us to take care
of the children and the women and the elders. Thus, in his last
words to his Companions and his nation, he said: "The prayer and
what your right hands possess." "Take good care of the women (i.e.
wives)." And he (sala Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm) said: "The best of
you is the best to his wives. And I am the best amongst you with my
Mercy is something innate, which Allâh has placed into the hearts of
(all) His creatures, even the lions - the most dangerous of them -
for they are merciful to their children. Yet Allâh is more merciful
to His creation than a mother is to her child. That is why on the
day that He created mercy, He created one hundred parts to it. And
He left ninety-nine parts with Him, by which He will show mercy to
His servants on the Day of Judgement, and sent down one single part
of mercy to earth, which humans and animals share amongst
The Messenger of Allâh (sala Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm) has condemned
the person that is void of any mercy and who doesn't attain a large
amount of it. This is why he (sala Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm)
condemned the one who breaks family ties. He (sala Allâhu `alihi was-
Salâm) said: "Kinship is connected to the Throne (`Arsh). It
says: `Whoever severs me, then break (away from) him. And whoever
maintains me, then keep connected to him."
And in one narration:
"Verily, the kinship will be connected to the Throne of the
Most Merciful on the Day of Judgement. It will say: `This is the
place for the one who sought refuge in You from the severing (of
family ties).' So Allâh will say to it: `Will it please you that I
connect those who maintained you and that I cut off those who
severed you?' And it will say: `I will be pleased (with that), my
And he (sala Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm) condemned the oppressive
leaders who do not show mercy to their people, by saying: "The worst
leaders are the cruel oppressive ones (al-hutamah)."
And Allâh has named Himself Ar-Rahmân and Ar-Rahîm, so he is the
Most Merciful of this world and the Hereafter (i.e. Ar-Rahmân) and
the bestower and giver of mercy (i.e. Rahîm). This is why He has
commanded it in every place and in every situation. The Muslim
begins his action by saying Bismillâhir-Rahmânir-Rahîm so that Allâh
can bless him in his action. So every action that is void of mercy,
then there is no blessing in it, nor any good. And the servants of
Allâh showing mercy towards one another is a cause for Allâh sending
His mercy down on them.
The Prophet (sala Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm) said: "The Most Merciful
shows mercy to those who have mercy on others. Show mercy to those
on earth, and the One above the heaven will show mercy to you."
O Allâh, have mercy on us above the earth and below the earth and on
the Day when our deeds will be presented to us. And cause us to be
merciful to one another just as the Companions of Your Prophet (sala
Allâhu `alihi was-Salâm) were. And have mercy on our dead ones and
put those who have mercy from amongst Your servants in charge over
us O Rahmân O Rahîm!
::انا عند ظن عبدي بي::
I am what my servant think I am