In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful..
Today’s topic of discussion is the mercy of Allah. Insh’Allah I will start off with a few beautiful hadith:
The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah records good and bad deeds in this way: If anyone intends to do a good deed, but does not do it, Allah still records it with Him as one full good deed. If he intends a good deed and then carries it out, Allah records it with Him as ten to seven hundred times in reward or even increases it many times more. If anyone intends to do a bad deed but does not actually do it, Allah records it with Him as one full good deed. If he intends to do a bad deed and does it, Allah records it with Him as only one bad deed.” [Bukhari]
Allah’s Apostle said, “When Allah completed the creation, He wrote in His Book which is with Him on His Throne, “My Mercy overpowers My Anger.
Narrated Abu Huraira
Imam Bukhari and Muslim reported that the prophet (S.A.W.) said, “Allah has divided mercy into one hundred parts, and He kept ninety-nine parts with Him and sent down one part on the earth, and because of that, one single part. His creatures are merciful to each other, so that even the mare lifts up its hoof away from its baby animal, so that she would not trample on it.”
Allah speaks of his mercy all throughout the Qur’an…
The mercy of Allah manifests itself in His overlooking the sins of the sinner when he unknowingly commits the sin then repents. Allah’s mercy is even beyond that; Allah changes the sins of the sinner, after his sincere repentance followed by righteous deeds, to good deeds (hasanat). Allah says in surat Al-Furqan, (verse 70), what can be translated as:
“…Those who repent and believe, and do righteous deeds, for those, Allah will change their sins into good deeds…”
All this is to prevent the sinners from feeling hopeless of the mercy of Allah!
We can’t even begin to comprehend the mercy of Allah…
“Some sabi (war prisoners, children and woman only) were brought before the prophet (S.A.W.) and behold, a woman amongst them, her chest was full of milk, and she found her baby boy amongst the captives, she took him over her chest and nursed him. The prophet said to his companions, “Do you think that this lady would throw her baby boy in the fire?” They replied, “No, if she has the power not to throw him in the fire.” The prophet said, “Allah is more merciful to His servants than this lady to her son.”
[Bukhari and Muslim]
Upon reading the Hadith above, we could start relying on the mercy of Allah too much, and a companion of Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) felt the same way, as the following hadith illustrates:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:”Once Mu’adh was along with Allah’s Apostle as a companion rider. Allah’s Apostle said, “O Mu’adh bin Jabal.” Mu’adh replied, “Labbaik and Sa’daik. O Allah’s Apostle!” Again the Prophet said, “O Mu’adh!” Mu’adh said thrice, “Labbaik and Sa’daik, O Allah’s Apostle!” Allah’s Apostle said, “There is none who testifies sincerely that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is his Apostle, except that Allah, will save him from the Hell-fire.” Mu’adh said, “O Allah’s Apostle ! Should I not inform the people about it so that they may have glad tidings?” He replied, “When the people hear about it, they will solely depend on it.” Then Mu’adh narrated the above-mentioned Hadith just before his death, being afraid of committing sin (by not telling the knowledge).
The prophet (S.A.W.) made utmost effort to clarify the reality of the mercy of Allah (S.W.T.) with His servants so that Muslims will be merciful among one another and be merciful with others, and know that this mercy is the way to gain the mercy of Allah.
The prophet (PBUH) said: “The merciful people will have mercy bestowed upon them by Allah (S.W.T.). Be merciful with those on earth, so He who in the heaven (Allah) will have mercy on you.”
Imam Abu Dawud, At-Tirmithi
The prophet (PBUH) said: “Allah will not have mercy on the one who does not have mercy on people.”
[Imam Bukhari, Muslim and At-Tirmithi]
Mercy that we must show doesn’t stop at other humans, as this mercy is to be extended to animals as well:
The prophet (PBUH) said, “…And if you slaughter, slaughter well. Let each one of you sharpen his blade and let him spare suffering to the animal he slaughters.”
The Quran and hadith speak of this topic in much greater depth than what I have quoted above.
The video that goes best with this post is going to be a recitation of my favorite chapter of the Quran; AR-RAHMAN (55):
The recitation is absolutely amazing, and the message even more beautiful!
All praise is to Allah. He’s the one deserving of our praise. Without His mercy, I wouldn’t be writing this, not would you be reading it.
Secondly, I ask that you make dua for brothers & sisters at this website for providing me with much info for this post.
May Allah guide us and our loved ones!