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Stories of Prophet Muhammad’s Mercy (10+ Hadiths)

Can you define the whole message of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in one word?

The best to do that, of course, is the One Who sent the message and Who chose the Messenger. In the Qur’an, Allah Almighty makes this brief yet crystal-clear statement: {And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds} (Al-Anbiyaa’ 21:107)

Mercy is the keyword here. It is the spirit of Islam and the core of the message. That’s no strange since its originator is Allah, the Compassionate, the Most Merciful. He says in the Qur’an: {My mercy encompasses all things.} (Al-A`raf 7:156)

Prophet Muhammad’s Mercy

The Messenger chosen by the Most Merciful to deliver the message of mercy set a great example in this regard. His life reflected this sublime value. In his sayings, actions and dealings, he reflected the highest level of mercy that a human being could ever reach.

In this collection, we list a number of sayings, testimonials, stories and situations that show the significance of mercy in Islam as well as the Prophet’s application of it.

The collection is by no means exhaustive. Examples of Prophet Muhammad’s mercy (peace and blessings be upon him) cannot be fully contained in such a brief article.

Divine Mercy Prevails

1. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) saying, “When Allah created the creatures, He wrote in a Book, which is with Him over [His] Throne: ‘Verily, My Mercy prevails over My Wrath” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

2. Abu Hurairah also narrated that the Messenger of Allah said,

Allah has divided mercy into one hundred parts; and He retained with Him ninety-nine parts, and sent down to earth one part. Through this one part creatures deal with one another with compassion, so much so that an animal lifts baby animal, lest it should trample on it.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

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