This video beautifully describes the character of the man who was A Mercy to Mankind (may peace and blessings be upon him).
In light of all we learned from living the legacy of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (S), exploring the realm of mercy is a great way to end our Islam Awareness Week.
In Arabic, the word mercy is closely linked to compassion and the ideals of forgiving. Islam teaches us that the act of being merciful relates directly with the intention of bringing good to others and the desire of averting any harm inflicted upon them.
Our beloved Rasulullah encompassed the essence of mercy. It is clearly stated in the Quran:
He shared his happiness, laughter, and wealth with everyone without even a hint of remorse or regret. He enjoined in playing with children, portrayed the perfect balance of kind humor towards all, visited the sick, and gave the utmost dignity to all even those who disbelieved in him. He embodied mercy and kept it boundless.
Our Sunnah teaches us to be merciful, yet we tend to forget mercy is imperative to being a true believer. We also forget that mercy starts first within ourselves. The Prophet (S) taught us to take care of ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually--this can mean exercising, eating right, pursuing education, being socially active etc. He (S) taught us to value ourselves. He taught us to be merciful towards our faults, yet without being arrogant to others. He taught us that if we are merciful towards ourselves, then we are better able to be merciful towards others.
Insha’Allah this week let us embody this characteristic from our beloved Prophet Muhammad (S), who was fittingly known as the Mercy to Mankind.
For more information read this beautifully written article by Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah:
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