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Mercy Stories in the Prophet’s Life (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)

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 could be ever reached by a human being.

In this collection, we list a number of sayings, testimonials, stories and situations that show the significance as well as the application of this value. The collection is divided into parts but it is by no means exhaustive. Examples of the Prophet’s mercy cannot be fully contained in such brief articles.

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 (May Allah be pleased with him) also narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) 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)

About Muhammad Fathi

Muhammad Fathi is the managing editor of the Shari`ah page, and a former Imam and teacher at the Quran Institute of America, MI, USA.

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