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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Kindness

Assalamualaykum warahmatullah wabarakatu,Bismillah Hirah'manir Raheem.
Allahuma Sali'ala sayidina Muhammadin nabiyil ummi wa 'Ala ali wa sahbihi wa salim.

Forgive me for not keeping this blog updated, my studies have kept me pre-occupied and I am going to be abroad for a couple of days next week and the week after, however when I return I will be insha'Allah updating more often. This post is dedicated to one of my dearest friends whom I will never forget, and will always be in my duaas. May Allah grant her family and herself Janatul Firdous. Ameen.

The Beloved Prohet salialahualayhi wassalam said:
"Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith."
Subhana'Allah this Ahadeeth holds great importance in the way we treat others. Kindness is something that was present in the character of our Beloved Prophet salialahu alayhi wassalam and it is mentioned numerously in Ahadeeth and in the Quraan to act with it in our hearts. Kindness is a quality that we should strive to have in our akhlaaq and as muslims this should be part of our character. Kindness shows our compassion for one another and a selfless attitude, and it is kindness towards one another that helps us establish a good relationship with those around us.

There are many ways in which a person can behave kindly, going out to help someone in need, listening to someone who is distrested, helping your mother in the kitchen, helping your children out with their homework, talking politely to someone, and even smiling is a kind act, these are just a few of the ways in which one can be caring. To be kind to someone can make a big difference to their lives and it should be us who are always willing to do that.

Here is a story of how important kindness is:

The angry woman
It was the month of Ramadan, when all good Muslims were trying very hard to keep the fast. This meant that they did not eat anything during the hours of daylight. From sunrise to sunset no food must pass their lips. Fasting is difficult, especially when it is a hot day. It was on such a hot day that Muhammad sat down to rest. He had not eaten since it was dark, and the sun was now high in the sky. He wanted a few moments of peace.

Muhammad salialahualayhi wassalam had only been sitting down for a few moments when the peace was broken. Someone was shouting loudly, just a little way down the street. A woman was obviously very angry. Her voice was loud, and the angrier she became the louder and shriller her shouting became. Muhammad salialahualayhi wassalam decided to investigate.

As he came closer, he saw one of the richest women in the town, berating a servant for something he should have done, but had not. She was furious. Her face was red, she was shaking her fist, and it seemed as if she was fit to burst. The servant was standing uncomfortably, his head bowed low, not daring to move or reply. The woman was so busy with her anger that at first she did not notice Muhammad salialahualayhi wassalam standing beside her.

Slowly she became aware that someone was standing beside her. She turned, saw that it was the Prophet Muhammad salialahualayhi wassalam, and calmed down a little. “Why don’t you go indoors, and have something to eat?”

The woman was shocked. She did not know what to say. She always kept the fast. She wondered if Muhammad salialahualayhi wassalam realised what he was saying. “But I always keep the fast,” she said. “I have not eaten anything today.”

The prophet salialahualayhi wassalam spoke quietly. “If you were keeping the fast properly,” he said, “you would be kind to others. You would be trying hard to do Allah’s will. Getting angry with your servant is as bad as eating during the fast. You might as well go and eat.”

In this story we saw that the woman was not kind to her servants and this led to her breaking her fast, which shows us that being kind to one another is essential and part of out faith.

May Allah give us the ability to be kind to one another and treat others the way we wish to be treated. Ameen wa thuma ameen.

Wassalamualaykum warahmatullah.