Sent by: Sister Umme Okashah

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) was the kindest of men in the same way as he excelled all others in courage and valor. Being extremely kind-hearted, his eyes brimmed with tears at the slightest sign of inhumanity. A Sahaabi (Companion) of the Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam), Hadhrat Shaddaad bin Aws, narrated that the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said: "Verily, Allah has prescribed Al-Ihsaan (i.e. performing an action in a perfect and kind manner) towards everything. Thus, if you kill (anyone for some justified reason), kill (him/her) humanely; and when you slaughter (an animal), slaughter (it) in a good way. So, each one of you should sharpen his blade and let the slaughtered animal die comfortably.” (Muslim)

Hadhrat Ibne ‘Abbas narrated that a man threw a goat on its side and then started sharpening his knife. When the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) saw him he said: “Do you want to kill it twice? Why did you not sharpen the knife before throwing it on the ground?”

A Mercy for the Believers
The Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam)’s compassion towards the believers was of the utmost degree. The Quraan describes his compassion in the following Aayah (Verse), which means:

لَقَدۡ جَآءَكُمۡ رَسُولٌ مِّنۡ أَنفُسِكُمۡ عَزِيزٌ عَلَيۡهِ مَا عَنِتُّمۡ حَرِيصٌ عَلَيۡكُم بِٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ رَءُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ (128)

“Surely, there has come to you, from your midst, a Messenger who feels it very hard on him if you face a hardship, who is very anxious for your welfare, and for the believers he is very kind, very merciful.” (At-Taubah 9:128)

Hadhrat Sa‘ad bin ‘Ubaadah once fell ill. The Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) visited him in his house. On seeing his faithful Sahaabi in a pitiful state, he was moved to tears. Then, he said: “Allah does not punish because of tears, nor because of grief, but he punishes because of this.”
And he pointed to his tongue. (Bukhari)

A Mercy towards his Enemies
The prisoners of war taken captive at the battle of Badr were amongst his bitterest enemies. Nevertheless, he made sure that they were given the best of treatment. Among them was Suhail ibne ‘Amr who was a fiery speaker and was denouncing the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam). Hadhrat ‘Umar Farooq, one of the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam)’s closest Sahaabah, suggested that two of his lower teeth be pulled out so that he might not be so vile in his speeches. The Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) replied: “Were I to do this, Allah would disfigure me on the Day of Judgment, despite the fact that I am His Messenger.”

In Makkah al Mukarramah, his people inflicted him with every kind of suffering, eventually forcing him to migrate to Madinah al Munawwarah, and then waged war on him for five years. However, when he conquered Makkah al Mukarramah without bloodshed in the twenty-first year of his Prophethood, he asked the Makkan unbelievers who were awaiting his decision about them: “How do you expect me to treat you?”

They responded unanimously: “You are a noble one, the son of a noble one.”

He announced to them his decision: “You may go free! No reproach this day shall be on you; may Allah forgive you.”

A Mercy for Women
Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) was also very kind and affectionate towards women. Women were very badly treated in those times. The Noble Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) gave them honor and dignity at par with men in the community. Hadhrat ‘Umar reported: “We did not have much regard for women while we were in Makkah, but they were better treated in Madinah. Allah’s Messenger established women’s rights through his sayings and commandments, which improved their position and status.”

A Mercy for Children
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) was particularly compassionate towards children. When he saw a child crying, he sat beside him or her and shared his or her feelings. He felt the pain of a mother for her child more than the mother herself. Once he said: “I stand in Salaah (Prayers) and wish to prolong it. However, I hear the cry of a child and cut the Salaah short for the anxiety which the mother is feeling.” (Bukhari)

He would take children in his arms and embrace them. He was once hugging his beloved grandsons, Hasan and Husain, when Aqrah ibn Haabis told him: “I have got ten children. So far, I have not kissed any one of them.’

Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) responded: “The one who does not teat others with mercy will not be treated mercifully.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

According to another version, he said: “What can I do for you if Allah has removed from you the feeling of compassion?” (at-Tirmizi)

A Mercy for Slaves
The Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) strongly enjoined the duty of kind and generous treatment upon slaves, servants and laborers engaged in manual work. Hadhrat Jabir related that the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said: “Feed them with the food which you eat, clothe them with such clothing as you wear, and do not cause trouble to Allah’s creatures.”

The Apostle (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) also said: “Those whom Allah has made your dependents are your brothers, servants and helpmates. Anybody whose brother has been made subservient to him ought to feed him with the food he eats and clothe him with the clothes he wears; he should not command him to do that which he is unable to do, and if it becomes necessary to do so, then he should help him in doing the job.”

A Mercy for Animals
His compassion encompassed not only human beings, but also animals.

The Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) forbade his sahaabah to keep the unintelligent creatures hungry or thirsty, to disturb or to overburden them. He commended that kindness and putting them at ease were meritorious acts tending to bring man closer to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa). Hadhrat Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said: "A traveler who was thirsty saw a well on his way. He got inside the well and when he came out he saw a dog licking mud due to thirst. The man realized that the dog was as thirsty as him, so he got into the well again, filled his leather sock with water and carried it out holding it with his teeth. Thus, he quenched the thirst of the dog. Allah was pleased with this act of kindness and pardoned his sins.”

The Sahaabah asked: “O Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam)! Is there recompense in the matter of beasts and wild animals also?”

The Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) replied: “There is recompense in regard to every creature that has a living heart.”

Hadhrat ‘Abdullah ibne ‘Umar related that the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said: “A woman was punished and entered Hellfire because she kept a cat in captivity until it died, she neither fed it nor gave it water to drink; nor did she set it free so that it could eat from the vermin of the earth.” (Bukhari and Muslim)Once on return from a Jihad, few Sahaabah took away the chicks of a bird from their nest to stroke them. The mother bird came back and when it could not find its chicks in the nest, it began to fly around screeching. When informed of the matter, Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) became angry and ordered the chicks to be put back in the nest. (Abu Daawood)

The love and compassion of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa)’s Messenger (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) for all kinds of creatures was not of the kind claimed by today’s ‘humanists’. He was sincere and balanced in his love and compassion. He was more compassionate than any other person. He was a Prophet raised by Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aalaa), the Creator and Sustainer of all beings, for the guidance and happiness of conscious beings — mankind and jinn — and the harmony of existence. Therefore, he lived not for himself but for others; he is a mercy for all the worlds.

إِنَّ فِي هَٰذَا لَبَلَٰغٗا لِّقَوۡمٍ عَٰبِدِينَ (106) وَمَآ أَرۡسَلۡنَٰكَ إِلَّا رَحۡمَةٗ لِّلۡعَٰلَمِينَ (107)

“Surely, in this (Qur‘an) there is a message conveyed to a people who worship (Allah). And We have not sent you but as mercy for all the worlds.” (Al-Anbiyaa 21:106-107)