Honor, Mercy and Forgiveness

Written by: Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

"Whoever builds a Masjid, desiring Allah SWT pleasure, Allah SWT builds for him the like of it in Paradise"
(Hadith Al-Bukhari)

Honor, Mercy and Forgiveness

Allah Guides to His Light Whom He Wills.”  (Surah An-Nur)

Honor, Mercy and Forgiveness

Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Raheem.

Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), the Messenger of Allah (subhana wa ta'ala), have taught us that mankind has been honored, as it says in the Qur’an:

“And We have certainly honored mankind…” (Surah Al-Isra, 70)

The honor that has been bestowed upon mankind is greater than any discussion on human rights, as honor elevates in esteem, while rights describe only a base, in terms of valuing life.

Honor for mankind encompasses all humans, whether they are Muslim or not, and Muslims are commanded by Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) to interact with non-Muslims amicably, as it is mentioned in the Qur’an:

“Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes - from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.”  (Surah Al-Mumtahanah, 8)

There is no better evidence of this than the mercy of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) in dealing with people who had actually harmed him!  The people of Makkah physically harmed him, his family and companions, but yet Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) prayed for their forgiveness and made excuses for them saying:  “They do not know that which they do; please Guide them!”

When Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) went to the city of Taif, and he was physically attacked by the residents of the city with stones, an Angel came to him asking whether he should punish the people of Taif by crushing them between two mountains, to which Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) replied no, and instead he prayed and said that perhaps from their children there might emerge believers in Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) and His message!

The worst echelons of any society are hypocrites, and Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) describes hypocrites in the Qur’an as those who lie, are hateful and deceitful.  In speaking of hypocrites at the time of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), the leader of the hypocrites was a man by the name of Abdullah ibn Ubay ibn Sulal, whose mission it was to cause hurt and pain to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam).  The treachery of Abdullah ibn Ubay ibn Sulal was made even more evident when, speaking to his associates after a battle, he said:  The most honored, speaking about himself, will remove the most humbled from Madinah, speaking about Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam).   Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) revealed in the Qur’an what was said, in Surah Al-Munafiqun (8): 

“They say, "If we return to al-Madinah, the more honored [for power] will surely expel therefrom the more humble." And to Allah belongs [all] honor, and to His Messenger, and to the believers, but the hypocrites do not know.”

The son of Abdullah ibn Ubay ibn Sulal, based on this act of hypocrisy and treachery, decided that he wanted to kill the actual “humbled one”, referring to his own father!  Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) disapproved, and said instead, they should honor him; honor the bona fide leader of the most evil part of that society!

Honor, mercy and forgiveness!  This is the message of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam).

A similar individual by the name of Ka’b ibn Zuhayr (radiallah anhu) was known for reciting poetry that slandered Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalm).  He did, however, decide that he wanted to no longer continue, and went to the Sahaba, who did not accept him.  Ka’b (radiallah anhu) then decided to cover himself, so that he would not be recognized, and proceeded to sit near Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalm) in his masjid.  Ka’b (radiallah anhu) mulled up the courage and asked Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) that if someone who had done such evil has Ka’b in Zuhayr would accept Islam, would his past be forgiven, to which Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said yes.  Ka’b (radiallah anhu) then revealed his identity and recited a poem in praise of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam), and in response, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) gave him his cloak (burdah), and this poem is still recited today.

Honor, mercy and forgiveness!  This is the message of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam).

When Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) entered Makkah, returning years after the migration, and in a position of strength in comparison to the Quraysh, he entered and forgave the Quraysh!  He forgave the same people who had tortured him, his family and companions.  The very people responsible for the death of his beloved wife, Khadijah (alaih salam)!

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) embodied what Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) said in Surah Ahle-Imran (159):  “So forgive them, and ask Allah forgiveness for them…”

Honor, mercy and forgiveness!  This is the message of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam).

This is the message that shapes the life of Muslims.

Over the years, many people have committed crimes, but, in doing so, they have disassociated themselves with Muslims, and have inadvertently rejected the message of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) and have committed the most heinous of crimes against mankind.

May we embody the message of honor, mercy and forgiveness. 

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