- February 3, 2015
- Posted by: FPM
- Category: Articles, Articles, Hadith, Resources
(Good deeds and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is best, then he with whom you had enmity shall become as a loyal friend) Quran 41:34
(You should not do evil to those who do evil to you, but you should deal with them with forgiveness and kindness.)
This is how the final Messenger of God (peace be upon him) reacted to personal attacks and abuse.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) emphasise the relationship between belief and action
(Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should not hurt his neighbour, and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should serve his guest generously, and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should speak what is good or keep quiet)
Mission of Mercy
(And We (God) have not sent you (Muhammad) except as a mercy for mankind.)Quran 21:107
As well as calling people to pray, fast and give charity, the Prophet (peace be upon him) taught that one’s faith in God should also affect one’s treatment of others. He said: (The best of you are they who have the best character.)
(Indeed the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you.)Quran 49:13
The Prophet (peace be upon him), he taught that all humans are equal in the sight of God.
(All humanity is from Adam and Adam is from clay. There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab, nor for a white over a black; except through piety)
(God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your hearts and looks into your deeds)
(By the grace of Allah, you are gentle towards the people; if you had been harsh and hard-hearted, they would have dispersed from around you.)Quran 3:159
A companion who served Muhammad (peace be upon him) for ten years said that Muhammad (peace be upon him) was always gentle in his dealings with him. When I did something, he never questioned my manner of doing it; and when I did not do something, he never questioned my failure to do it. He was the friendliest of all men.
On one occasion, the wife of the Prophet (peace be upon him) reacted angrily after being insulted by a person.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) advised her: (Be gentle and calm, O ‘ Aisha, as Allah likes gentleness in all affairs.)
He also said: (Show gentleness! For if gentleness is found in something, it beautifies it, and when it is taken out from anything, it makes it deficient.)
(And the servants of The Most Gracious (God) are those who walk on the earth in humbleness, and when the ignorant address them, they say: Peace.) Quran 25:63
The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to prevent people from standing up for him out of respect. He used to sit wherever there was a place available in an assembly and never sought a prominent or elevated place. He never wore anything to distinguish himself from his companions or appear in higher rank than them. He used to mix with the poor and the needy; he used to sit with the elderly and support the widows. People who did not know him could not tell him apart from the rest of the crowd.
Addressing his companions, he said:
(Allah has revealed to me, that you must be humble. No one should boast over one another, and no one should oppress another.)
Mercy towards animals
Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said, “While a man was walking he felt thirsty and went down a well and drank water from it. On coming out of it, he saw a dog panting and eating mud because of excessive thirst. The man said, ‘This (dog) is suffering from the same problem as that of mine. So he (went down the well), filled his shoe with water, caught hold of it with his teeth and climbed up and watered the dog. Allah thanked him for his (good) deed and forgave him.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Messenger! Is there a reward for us in serving (the) animals?” He replied, “Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate.”
“A woman entered Hell because she had imprisoned a cat till it died of starvation. She neither fed it no freed it so that it could feed itself.” In another narration, it is reported, “A lady was punished because of a cat which she had imprisoned till it died. She entered the (Hell) Fire because of it, for she neither gave it food nor water as she had imprisoned it, nor set it free to eat from the vermin of the earth.”