The Most Merciful shows Mercy to those who have
Mercy on Others
Author: Shaikh Muhammad Musa Nasr
Source: Al-Asaalah Magazine (No. 21, pg. 17-19)
Translator: isma'eel alarcon
The Prophet (saws) once kissed Al-Hasan Ibn `Alee (i.e. his grandson)
while Al-Aqra' Ibn Haabis was in his presence. So Al-Aqra' said
to him: "You kiss your children. I swear by Allaah, I have
ten children and I never kissed any one of them!" So the Prophet
(saws) said: "He who doesn't show mercy (to others) will not
be shown mercy (by Allaah)."
Verily, mercy - in our religion - encompasses this world and the
hereafter, as well as mankind, animals, birds, and the surrounding
Allaah says: "And My mercy encompasses every thing."
Allaah has described Himself with mercy and He has also described
His prophets and righteous servants with it. Allaah says: "Muhammad
is the Messenger of Allaah (saws) and those who are with him are
severe against the disbelievers and merciful to one another."
Allaah has made his sending forth of the Prophet (saws) 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" (`aalameen) 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 Allaah 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 Bismillaah and by sharpening
your sword (so that it will be a quick and painless death). The
Prophet (saws) said: "Verily Allaah has prescribed Ihsaan (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 from suffering."
And Allaah 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 Allaah was thankful to her for what she did and forgave
And once our Prophet (saws) saw one of his Companions grab the
baby of a lark, and it began screeching over the heads of the Companions.
So he (saws) 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 orphan. Allaah says: "Therefore, treat not the orphan with
oppression. And do not repel the beggar."
The Prophet (saws) said: "The person that looks after and
supports the widow and the needy one is like the mujaahid (one who
makes Jihaad) in the Cause of Allaah."
And he (saws) 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 finger."
Indeed he (saws) 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 (saws) said: "The best of you is the best to his wives.
And I am the best amongst you with my wives."
Mercy is something innate, which Allaah 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 Allaah 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 themselves.
The Messenger of Allaah (saws) has condemned the person that is
void of any mercy and who doesn't attain a large amount of it. This
is why he (saws) condemned the one who breaks family ties. He (saws)
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 Allaah 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 Lord.'"
And he (saws) 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 Allaah has named Himself Ar-Rahmaan and Ar-Raheem, so he is
the Most Merciful of this world and the Hereafter (i.e. Ar-Rahmaan)
and the bestower and giver of mercy (i.e. Raheem). This is why He
has commanded it in every place and in every situation. The Muslim
begins his action by saying Bismillaahir-Rahmaanir-Raheem so that
Allaah 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 Allaah showing mercy towards one another is a cause
for Allaah sending His mercy down on them.
The Prophet (saws) 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 Allaah, 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 (saws) were. And have mercy on our dead ones and put those
who have mercy from amongst Your servants in charge over us O Rahmaan