Faqihul Ummah: Be Merciful

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"Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: "The most Merciful (Allah Ta'ala) bestows His mercy upon those who show mercy to others. Be merciful to the people of the earth, the One above will be merciful unto you."

Is there anyone who is not in need of the mercy of Allah Ta'ala? Actually the entire universe is only existing with the mercy of Allah Ta'ala.

There are various ways of showing mercy unto others. If you have fed a hungry neighbour, you have shown mercy to him. If a sick person is given treatment, it is a form of mercy to him. A person is barefooted. To give him shoes is mercy to him. Somebody is walking and you are passing in your car. To stop and give him a lift is a form of mercy upon him. In short, there are numerous ways of showing mercy to others.

Just as one can show mercy to one physically, one can also be merciful spiritually. There can be outward mercy and inner mercy. However, the greatest mercy is to save a Muslim from the fire of Jahannam. Indeed to save a person from all the calamities of the Hereafter — the punishment of the grave, the hardships of the Day of Judgment, the difficulties in crossing the Bridge over Jahannam and the torments of hell, this is the greatest mercy that can be shown to anyone.

   Allah Ta'ala, the Rabb (sustainer) of the universe sent Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) as a Mercy unto the universe. Hence he guided mankind towards all the aspects of benefit in this world and the Hereafter. He invited towards the Oneness of Allah Ta'ala and declared: "O People! Say Laa ilaaha illallah and you will be successful." This was a guarantee for the success of this world, the success of the grave, the Day of Judgment and success in the final abode of the Hereafter.

     Therefore the greatest mercy is that one who does not know the Kalima is taught the Kalima. One who does not know how to perform Salaah is taught the same. A person who is neglectful of his Salaah is constantly advised until he eventually becomes punctual upon it. Somebody is taught to recite the Qur'an-al-Kareem or the Ahadith of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) or the laws of Deen. All this is indeed a very great mercy that can be shown to any person.

     Thus every person has the opportunity to show mercy unto others. He can teach the Kalima to somebody or give him some good advice. Hence Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has declared: "Show mercy unto those on the earth, the One above will show mercy to you."

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