Islam has encouraged us to endeavor for a very high moral level. Being kind and considerate, loving and tender hearted is a pre-requisite for a good Muslim.
Kindness and love, feeling for the others, and relatives alike is a great character. Such good feelings even for animals and plants are recognized by God, and are well rewarded.
Thus, Islam urges us to be KIND:
Yes, this is fundamental for building good, solid and powerful self. It is a positive character, and we to do our best to nourish it well within us for the sake of the Almighty and for the sake of goodness.
Let us see what the holy Quran says:
وَبِالوَالدَینِ اَحساناً وَذِی القُربی وَ الیَتامی والمَساکینِ
وَ قُولُوالِلناسِ حُسناً
“TREAT WITH KINDNESS YOUR PARENTS AND KINDRED AND THE ORPHANS AND THE NEEDY, AND SPEAK KINDLY TO MANKIND.”
وَ یُطمِعُونَ الطَعامَ عَلی حُبهِ مِسکیناً وَیَتیماً وَاَسیراً
“AND THEY FEED FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, THE INDIGENT, THE ORPHANS, AND THE CAPTIVES.”
وَاتَی المالَ عَلی حُبِهِ ذَوی القُربی وَالیَتامی وَ المَساکینَ وَ ابنَ السَبیلِ
وَ السائِلینَ وَ فی الرِقابِ
“AND SPEND OF YOUR SUSTENANCE, OUT OF LOVE FOR HIM, FOR YOU RKIN, FOR THE ORPHANS, FOR THE NEEDY, FOR THE WAYFARER, AND FOR THOSE WHO ASK FOR RANSOM OF THE SLAVES.”
قُولٌ مَعرُوفٌ وَ مَغفِرَةٌ خَیرٌ مِن صَدَقَةٍ یَتبَعُها اَذیً
“KIND WORDS AND THE COVERING OF FAULTY ARE BETTER THAN CHARITY FOLLOWED BY INJURY.”
In the above Suras, the Almighty orders us to treat with kindness and tenderness not only our parents, but also many others especially the disadvantaged ones, he also urges us to feed and help those who need such help.
Kindness is as basic and essential for a good Muslim, as is being pure and truthful. You can be kind and helpful and try to be so, and you may be quite surprised to see how such good acts can lead to wonderful results.
The messenger of god, Muhammad (P.B.U.H) has said:
اِرحَمُوا مَن فی الارض یَرحَمکُم مَن فی السماء
“BE KIND TO THOSE EARTH, AND HE WHO IS IN HEAVEN WILL SHOWER YOU WITH HIS COM PASSION.”
“KINDNESS IS A MARK OF FAITH; AND HE WHO HAS NO KINDNESS, HAS NO FAITH.”
“WHOEVER IS KIND TO GOD’S 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 WUTHHOLD HIM FROM BADNESS; THUS IN HEAVEN YOU WILL BE TREATED KINDLY.”
“GOD’S KINDNESS TOWARDS HIS CREATURES IS MORE THAN A MOTHER’S TOWARDS HER BABY.”
“WHO IS THE MOST FAVORED TO GOD? HE FROM WHOM THE GREATEST GOOD COMES TO GOD’S CREATION.”
“HE IS NOT OF US WHO IS NOT AFFECYIONATE TO HIS YOUNG ONCE AND DOES NOT RESPECT THE OLD; AND HE’S NOT OF US WHO DOES NOT ORDER WHAT IS GOOD, AND PROHIBIT WHAT IS BAD.”
“HE WHO IS NOT KIND TO GOD’S CREATUREAS AND TO HIS OWN CHILDEREN, GOD WILL NOT BE KIND TO HIM.”
For us to be kind, we ought to be sensitive and to have tender hearts. Our kindness should come from deep within.
We are kind to god’s creatures out of love for God’s and out of love and appreciation for the creation of God. Our kind and tender handing of these creations is an act to be rewarded the Almighty.
Our love, kindness is to be extended to everything around us. To be kind to the needy and the orphans, and to feed them, to help them and to say kind words to them, is a great act of piety.
Our love, kindness, and tender relation with our parents are highly prized by the Almighty. On many occasions in the Quran, God tells us to be gentle and kind to our parents and to support them during their days of difficulty.
Actually, our kindness should involve not only a helping hand, but also extending and spending of our own pocket, and using kind words to the people around us.
We do that not with a sense of reaping a reward, but just for the sake of God and of being good kind. In other words, a pure feeling of being kind.
A GOOD MUSLIM WILL REMEMBER:
1. He will be kind out of love for God and the noble sake of being kind.
2. Kindness is part of our faith.
3. His kindness involves:
a) Material help to others.
b) Acts of kindness to others.
c) Kind words to others.
4. God favors those who are kind.
5. A good Muslim is especially to be kind to his parents, to his brothers, sisters, and relatives, the orphans, the needy, and God’s creatures.
6. If he stops someone from doing bad things, then he done an act of kindness.
7. He is to be kind not as much as reap a reward, but to be kind for the sake of kindness.
On the contrary:
To be mean, troublesome and inconsiderate will make a man of terror out of a person. Such person would be hated, despised and feared.
Many people would avoid him.
A good Muslim should fight such feelings within him, if he ever felt that way, and he should try his best to remember and practice what the holy Quran and the Messenger of God had said. To conquer such feelings, and to practice kindness, mercy and love, will certainly add to his merits with the Almighty.