Islamic Ethics

ABOUT BEING COMPASSIONATE:

 

Who is the most merciful and the most compassionate? It is Almighty God, of course. Who cares so much about us and who knows all about our weaknesses and frailities? It is Almighty God, of course.

 

Gods mercy and compassion are so vast that He kept mentioning this in the Holy Quran in every Sura expect one. His compassion and love for us and for the creatures on earth is ever so vast indeed.

 

                                    Islam urges us to be COMPASSIONATE:

 

To have a feeling for others, and to have an understanding and appreciation for their circumstances will go a long way towards helping them and being kind to them.

 

A helping hand at times of need are highly appreciated, and the favor may be returned to you later on in the future.

 

When we are tenderhearted, we will feel for other peoples’ problems, and we will be more likely to help. God who knows what is in our hearts, will certainly recognize what we do and will credit us accordingly.

 

We all say:

 

بِسمِ الله الرَحمن الرحیم

 

“IN THE NAME OF GOD, THE MERCIFUL, THE COMPASSIONATE.”

 

(AL-QURAN)

 

This is said on numerous occasions to keep reminding us constantly of God’s mercy and his love and compassion for us, we say it when we pray, we say it when we eat, we say it when we start many endeavors, and we keep saying it to remind ourselves of his mercy. So, we also remind ourselves this way to have compassion and understanding towards other peoples’ plight, and towards any unfavorable situations.

 

God’s messenger, Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) has said:

 

اِرحَموا مَن فی الارضِ یَرحَمکُم مَن فی السَماءِ

 

“HAVE COMPASSION ON THOSE WHO ARE ON EARTH, SO THAT HE WHO IS IN HEAVEN WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON YOU.”

 

لا یَرحَم الله مَن لا یَرحَمُ الناس

 

“GOD WILL NOT SHOW COMPASSION TO HIM HAS COMPASSION TOWARDS PEOPLE.

 

See how God will reward us tremendously when we show mercy, compassion and love towards our fellow man. And see how important it is for a good Muslim to so understanding and helpful towards other.

 

A Good Muslim Will Remember:

 

1.      To be full of compassion and mercy will reap very good results.

 

2.      His care and love toward others will become mutual sooner or later, and there will be better friendship and understanding.

 

3.      Those who are lonely, or who are sick, or who are needy, need your friendly feelings more than any other.

 

4.      Of course, the most merciful and the most compassionate is the Almighty, and we constantly need His mercy, compassion, love and understanding.

 

Yet, on the Contrary:

 

He who is cruel to others, will certainly hurt them in many ways. Cruelty will breed cruelty, and it will lead to hurt feelings, destruction, and hurting innocent unsuspecting people. Many a people will suffer from a cruel ruler, a cruel friend, or a cruel mean person who happens to have some important position.

 

Cruelty to animals can be just as bad and can lead to a good deal of suffering.

 

Cruelty of a conqueror to a nation can be quite devastating and the books of history tell us a great deal of such instances in the past. Cruelty is a dreadful disease, and we ought to struggle against such tendencies, and strive to halt such things wherever they happen.

 

He who strives for compassionate understanding will be well rewarded by the most compassionate of all, the Almighty.

 

See what God’s Messenger Muhammad (P.B.U.H) has said:

 

اَ فضَلُ الجِِهادِ مِنَ قالَ کَلمَةَ الحَقِّ عِندَ سُلطانٍ جائِز.

 

“THE HIGHEST JIHAD (STRIVING FOR THE SAKE OF GOD) IS TO SPEAK UP FOR THE TRUTH IN THE FACE OF CRUEL RULER WHO DEVIATES FROM THE RIGHT PATH.”

 

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