Sunday, 28 November 2010

Kindness makes the Muslim

The high ranked generosity and natural kind-heartedness is one of the countless and innumerable good qualities and excellent characters the Holy Prophet Sallallaahu alaihi Wasallam possessed. His generosity knew no limits, and the ocean of his kindness knew no shore.

Generosity and kindness covers such a vast field, and is such an ocean of a subject, that to cover all of its details is an almost impossible task. Generosity and kindness doesn't only mean that you give when you still gain or retain, but in fact means to give when you yourself hardly have anything. According to these details, generosity could be divided into three groups:
1. To give while one has something in possession and the one to whom it is given also has something in possession.
2. To give while one has something in possession and the one to whom it is given is in need.
3. The one who is giving is in need but places his own needs aside and gives priority to others over him.

The last group is the best and most desirable of all, and it is this third one which will be found in the life of the Prophet Sallallaahu alaihi Wasallam. For example, a story has been narrated that in the time of the Prophet Sallallaahu alaihi Wasallam a woman made an intention of giving the Prophet Sallallaahu alaihi Wasallam a present; because she didn't have much wealth to buy him something expensive, she intended to weave and offer some cloth. The Prophet Sallallaahu alaihi Wasallam accepted it, as he was in dire need of it, and wore it as an izar (a sheet of cloth worn to cover the lower part of the body). A companion saw the Prophet Sallallaahu alaihi Wasallam with this izar and liked it, so asked for it. The Holy and Noble Prophet Sallallaahu alaihi Wasallam without second thoughts and without hesitation changed into another garment, which was borrowed from somebody, and gave this one away. The companions who saw this felt guilty about the person asking, because they knew well that the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alaihi Wasallam would never refuse, but what could be done now, it had already been given and the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi Wasallam would never take it back. The Sahabi reasoned his act by saying, "I asked for it to use as my shroud."
A sensible person can understand from this story and by now would have deduced, that the Prophet sallallaahu alaihiWasallam ’s generosity is on such a level that it is absolutely impossible to imagine, such as the case where he himself was in need, had come to the circumstances of borrowing from someone else, yet gave away his own to someone who had merely asked for it.

The religion of Islam has always viewed animals as a special part of God's creation.
The Holy Qur'an (Koran), the Hadith (Muslim religious text), and the history of Islamic civilization offer many examples of kindness, mercy, and compassion for animals.

Here are more sayings on kindness to animals from Prophet Muhammad saw, the Hadith and the Holy Qur'an (Koran):

God's kindness towards his creature is more than a mother's towards her babe.

If you put your whole trust in God, as you ought, He most certainly will give you sustenance, as He doth the birds; they come out hungry in the morning, but return full to their nests.

All God's creatures are His family; and he is the most beloved of God who doeth most good to God's creatures.

Whoever is kind to His creatures, God is kind to him; therefore be kind to man on earth, whether good or bad; and being kind to the bad, is to withhold him from badness, thus in heaven you will be treated kindly.

Prophet Mohammad (saw) repeatedly forbade cruelty to animals, saying in the Hadith popular tradition, "Whoever is kind to the creatures of God is kind to himself."

He who is not kind to God's creatures, and to his own children, God will not be kind to him.
Similarly, Mohammed taught "A good deed done to a beast is as good as doing good to a human being; while an act of cruelty to a beast is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being."

Prophet Muhammad saw mentioned "Verily God hath one hundred loving kindnesses; one of which he hath sent down amongst man, animals, and every moving thing upon the face of the earth: by it they are kind to each other, and forgive one another; and by it the animals of the wilds are kind to their young; and God hath reserved ninety-nine loving kindnesses by which he will be gracious to His creatures on the last day."

It is mentioned in The Quran (Verse 6:38) "There is not an animal on Earth, nor a bird that flies on its wings, but they are communities like you.  Nothing have we omitted from the Book, and they all shall be gathered to God in the end."

Islam encourages doing well with all its universal, humane sense, and commands kindness in all its forms and purposes, thus making it a most wonderful virtue.

Kindness is doing well, but this virtue has taken on the meaning of "Benevolence"; that is, the "charity" which a person gives to the poor and the needy as a consolation for their poverty and neediness.

In its essence and ultimate goal, kindness is when the well-doer alleviates the suffering of the person to whom he gives charity, and palliates his defeat and misery. It is the solidarity of one human being with another, to make the person who is suffering and disadvantaged feel that he is not lonely in this world, and that he has brethren who share his distress and happiness.

Kindness makes the Muslim - who follows the teachings of his religion - a partner of every sufferer in this world.

But the Most Kind is Allah -the Great and Almighty - to whom all the hearts turn whenever misfortune befalls people and adversity overwhelms them.

Allah has established kindness and commanded it, not only for the sake of the person to whom one is being kind but also for the doer of good as well:

"But do thou good, as Allah has been good to thee", [The Story: 77].

"If ye did well, ye did well for yourselves, if ye did evil, (ye did it) against yourselves", [The Night Journey: 7].

Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and he forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion (The Bee: 90).

Volume 3, Book 40, Number 552
Narrated by Asma' bint Abi Bakr,
The Prophet prayed the eclipse prayer, and then said, "Hell was displayed so close that I said, 'O my Lord! Am I going to be one of its inhabitants?"' Suddenly he saw a woman. I think he said, who was being scratched by a cat. He said, "What is wrong with her?" He was told, "She had imprisoned it (i.e. the cat) till it died of hunger."

Narrated by 'Abdullah bin 'Umar,
Allah's Apostle said, "A woman was tortured and was put in Hell because of a cat which she had kept locked till it died of hunger." Allah's Apostle further said, (Allah knows better) Allah said (to the woman), 'You neither fed it nor watered when you locked it up, nor did you set it free to eat the insects of the earth."

The moral of the story is that if we wish Allah to be merciful to us, we must be eager to show mercy to all the living creatures of the earth.

When a flower blooms, its colour and scent first touch the garden near it, and then spread. In the same way, a Muslim’s acts of human kindness should first touch those nearest to him, his family and his neighbors.

May Allah make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........

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Anonymous said...

MashALLAh another brilliant blog... fantastic stuff... if only Muslims acted upon this or even tried

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post on kindness: a seemingly "simple" attribute, but so important in life. Thanks for sharing, and Eid greetings.