What can we learn about Mercy from the life of the Prophet (ﷺ)?

The Prophet (ﷺ)  was sent as a mercy to mankind. His entire being encapsulates and reflects what it means to be merciful. Merciful, not just in being sent to guide us- but his very steps and actions also reflect that of mercy.

The life led by the Prophet (ﷺ) is glittered with a multitude of stories reflecting the beautiful mercy he displayed.There are many instances where the Prophet (ﷺ) was treated horribly due to his beliefs and the changes he encouraged, yet he responded in a calm and considerate manner, regardless of being reviled by others.

What can we learn from this?

The Prophet (ﷺ)’s mercy was not restricted to just those that treated him well. His mercy was for all – humans and animals alike. He did not discriminate who was in receipt of his compassion and mercy, just as our Divine Creator does not. We can learn to be merciful to each other because it is a product of a good soul rather than being merciful to only those who we feel ‘deserve’ it. Let us try and cultivate the same mercy that our Creator has towards us, the mercy that is manifested in the life of the Prophet  ().

The Prophet (ﷺ) is said to have been sent as a mercy to mankind. But what exactly does this mean?

“And We have sent you (O Muhammad ) not but as a mercy for the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists).”
[Qur’an 21:107]

This meant that he was sent not to compel people, but to teach and spread the light of Islam in a gentle manner.  Even those worthy of punishment he usually chose to deal with with mercy.  The Prophet (ﷺ) was someone who was sent to see the goodness of the souls behind the imperfections of mankind. Someone who saw that the outer layer did not define a person, and that their inner goodness could shine through. He (ﷺ) attempted to water the seed of faith implanted in the soul of every human being, and through mercy helped them to blossom spiritually.

Though he faced hardships and difficulties, such pain and cruelty. the Prophet  (ﷺ)’s mercy still remained. Let us take from this, that no matter the circumstances, no matter who or what we are faced with- we should respond with mercy. If we seek mercy from the One above, let us be merciful to others.

Allah’s Messenger () said, “Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to mankind.”
[Bukhari]

Zainab Shafan

Zainab Shafan

Zainab is currently studying psychology at UCL. She was studying Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, however that did not work out so she took a year out to pursue other interests and gain experience. During this time she released her own book named 'Free to Go', available on amazon. She also set up her own blog: Zen Words. She also aimed to build a foundation for herself to develop skills and give back to the community; and the perfect opportunity arose with Inspirited Minds. The charity combines two disciplines very close to her heart (Islam and Psychology) and to be able to be involved through writing, a passion of hers, is a huge blessing. Reading the newsletters herself has been a continuous source of enlightenment and a means of catharsis; so, to be able to provide this for other people will be undoubtedly rewarding.

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