Showing Compassion to the creation of Allah Ta’ala

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Showing Compassion to the creation of Allah

Islam teaches us to be kind and compassionate to the creation of Allah Ta’ala. Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said,

الخلق عيال الله فاحب الخلق إلى الله من احسن إلى عياله

The creation of Allah are the family of Allah Ta’ala (i.e. Just as a person loves his family, similarly Allah Ta’ala loves His creation.) and the most beloved from the creation in the sight of Allah Ta’ala are those who show kindness to His creation.

Our elders and pious predecessors displayed this quality of compassion for the creation throughout their lives. They understood that this was the cornerstone to earn success in this world and the next. They were constantly concerned about being a source of mercy for the creation and refrained from causing the slightest inconvenience to any creation to Allah Ta’ala. This attribute was so deeply entrenched within them, that let alone showing compassion towards their kith and kin, friends and associates, even those who showed enmity towards them were put to shame through the kind conduct they afforded them. Their compassion and kindness was not only confined to the human species, rather it transcended beyond all bounds until even the animal kingdom enjoyed their warmth and love. Hereunder, we will relate a few incidents from the books of history in order for us to gain a glimpse of the compassion displayed by our pious predecessors. Perhaps through these few incidents one will be able to try to imagine the level of compassion and love for the creation in the lives of the Ambiyaa and the Sahabaha (Ridwaanullahi Ta’ala Alaihim Ajma’een). 

Exercising patience with one’s wife

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Showing Compassion to the creation of Allah

earthHazrat Thaanwi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) mentions:

Once, there was a pious person whose wife used to harass him a lot.  It reached such a point that people noticed the inconvenience she was putting him through. Some concerned people even suggested to him that he should divorce her. He replied, “I also considered that option. However, when I had given it a moment of thought it occurred to me that if perhaps after divorcing her, she does not remarry; will this not be a means of inconvenience to her? If perchance she does remarry, then she may harass the second husband in the manner I am being treated. Hence, I decided to endure this difficulty and safeguard another Muslim from difficulty and inconvenience. As long as I am alive, why should I cause inconvenience to my wife or be the means for another Muslim undergoing unnecessary difficulty? (Jawaahir Paare)

وعن عبد  الله بن عمرو رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : الراحمون يرحمهم الرحمن ارحموا من في الأرض يرحمكم من في السماء (الترمذي رقم 1924)

 Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Those who show compassion and mercy towards the creation, the all merciful Creator will shower His mercy upon them. Hence show mercy to those on Earth, so that the One in the sky may show mercy to you.”

An Incident regarding a Thief

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Showing Compassion to the creation of Allah

starShaikh Sa’di (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) writes:

“Once, a thief silently sneaked into the house of a saint. The saint was asleep and was not aware of the thief’s entry. The thief began to search everywhere to see if he could find something valuable. However, after searching the entire dwelling, he realized that there was nothing available for him to steal, as the saint did not possess anything of the world. The only thing he saw was the saint sleeping with the blanket on his body covering him. Being overcome by a state of despondency and having lost all hope of acquiring anything, he eventually decided to leave. At that time, the saint’s eyes opened and he became aware of the intruder in his home. He thought to himself that how can I allow this person to leave empty handed, whereas he came in my home with the hope of receiving something. Hence, he placed the blanket he was using in the pathway of the thief with the intention that he takes the blanket and does not feel despondent by leaving empty handed. As the thief passed by the saint, thinking him to be asleep, he picked up the blanket and left. ”

Shaikh Sa’di (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) thereafter comments:

“I have heard that the friends of Allah Ta’ala do not cause any harm to anyone, let alone their friends, they even refrain from hurting their enemies,

O listener, how will you ever reach the ranks of the pious and friends of Allah Ta’ala, whereas you constantly engage in disputes and quarrels with your own friends.” (Jawaahir Paare)

Refraining from hurting the Creation

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Showing Compassion to the creation of Allah

Flowers 2Hadhrat ‘Amr bin Sa’d (Radhiallahu Anhu) was a Sahaabi who possessed great fear of Allah Ta’ala. During the khilaafat of Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu), Hadhrat ‘Amr bin Sa’d (Radhiallahu Anhu) was nominated as the governor of Hims by Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu). However, at the time of his nomination, he mentioned to Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) that he will only accept the post of governorship on condition that he does not receive any remuneration for his services. He ruled over Muslims and non-Muslims. On one occasion, he became upset with a Christian for some misdemeanor that occurred from the side of the Christian. Inadvertently, the words slipped from his tongue, “May Allah disgrace you”. However, later on, when he began to ponder and reflect over his statement, he realized that he should have not uttered such a word to the Christian. He was so overcome by the fear of Allah Ta’ala and concern for his Aakhirat that he immediately set out to Madinah Munawwarah. He mentioned to Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) his mistake and expressed his fear of falling into the same predicament in the future, and thereafter excused himself and resigned from the position of governorship. (Jawaahir Paare)

Tell me One Thing and I will tell you Ten Things

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Showing Compassion to the creation of Allah

flowerOnce someone told Ahnaf ibn Qais (Rahmatullahi Alaihi):

ان قلت لي كلمة اسمعتك عشراً فقال الاحنف لكنك لو قلت لي عشراً لم تسمع مني واحدةً

“If you dare tell me one derogatory word, be prepared to hear ten words from me. In response to this, he (Ahnaf ibn Qais Rahmatullahi Alaihi) replied: “(Be it as it may), however if you wish to tell me ten derogatory words, be rest assured of not hearing even one from me.”

A similar incident has been related about Moulana Jalaaluddeen Rumi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) in the books of history. On one occasion two men were caught up in an argument in the middle of a road. Whilst exchanging vulgar words, one said to the other: “O cursed one! If you are dare tell me one derogatory word, I will make you hear ten words.” Coincidentally Moulana Jalaaluddeen Rumi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) passed by in that direction and said: “Brother, leave him alone. Whatever you wish to say, please say it to me. Even if you have to tell me a thousand things, you will not even hear one from me in response. After hearing this statement from Moulana, both these men caught hold of the feet of Moulana and reconciled among themselves. (Jawaahir Paare)