Even a cursory glance at the life Allah’s Beloved Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam gives clear answer to this. The life of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam brims with kindness, compassion and love for Allah’s creation. Whether it was the nobility of the time or the lowliest of servants, the Prophet’s example was always one of unrivalled mercy and compassion. Even the animals and insects were not overlooked by his encompassing nature of mercy.
Perhaps the ultimate display of this mercy was at the Conquest of Makkah. The Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam, standing as victor and conqueror over his greatest of enemies who for 20 years did all they could to destroy the Prophet and the religion of Islam, does not unsheathe the sword, rather he bestows general forgiveness and amnesty. Such forgiveness was and is without similitude in human history.
Profound was his example and profound are his words:
- The best of men is he who brings the greatest benefit to Mankind. (Musnad Shihaab)
- Those who are merciful will be afforded mercy by Rahmaan (the Most Merciful). Show mercy to the dwellers of the earth and the One in the heaven will be merciful to you. (Abu Dawud)
- The creation is the family of Allah. Thus the most loved person by Allah is the one who is the best to His family. (Shuabul Imaan)
May Allah grant us the ability to follow in the Prophet’s Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam noble footsteps, Ameen.
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