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The Prophet: An Embodiment of Love, Kindness and Compassion

The Prophet always taught love, kindness and compassion to his followers, thus being epitomized as most benevolent, loving and compassionate by them as well.

“O Messenger of Allah! It is a great Mercy of God that you are gentle and kind towards them; for, had you been harsh and hard-hearted, they would all have broken away from you” (3:159).

As instances of Prophet’s compassion towards poor and needy, once Anas who was his helper said, “I served Allah’s Messenger for ten years and he never said to me, ‘Shame’ or ‘Why did you do such and such a thing?’ or ‘Why did you not do such and such a thing?’ (Bukhari, 2038) & the Prophet said to his wife, “Oh A’ishah! Never turn away any needy man from your door empty handed. Oh A’ishah! Love the poor; bring them near to you and God will bring you near to him on the day of resurrection”. (Seerah, VOL.VIII, p. 151)

He also used to say, “God is kind and likes kindness in all things”. (Bukhari, 6601)

Prophet’s repenting for corrupt state and scruple of his fellow Meccans, Quran testifies: “O Muhammad, you will perhaps, consume yourself with grief because the people do not believe” (26:3). He imitated the attributes of God par excellence and translated them into practice extensively encompassing without discrimination. Prophet’s kindness (Ra’ufum Rahirn) are very extensive and comprehensive, conveying the true nature of his kindness to the people, “One of the finest acts of kindness is for a man to treat his father’s friends in a kindly way after he has departed” (Abu Dawud, 5123). Cautioning the followers against general maltreatment of orphans and destitute, he states, “The best house among the Muslims is one which contains an orphan who is well treated” (Ibn Majah, 3679). With an intent of good treatment to friends, relatives and neighbours, he emphasized, “All Creatures are Allah’s dependents, and those dearest to God are the ones who treat his dependents kindly” (Rahman, VOL VIII, p. 154), & on kindness to women, “Treat women kindly, since they are your helpers, you have your rights upon your wives and they have their rights upon you,… and their right is that you should treat them well” (Farewell sermon of the Prophet).

Above instances truly reflect Prophet’s intent of love, kindness, humanity and equal justice without gender bias which should be in quintessence in every Muslim.

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