A Mercy Unto All Of Creation ~ Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم

Excerpts from Ramadaan 1434 Programmes  


وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ

And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds ~ Surah Al Ambiya 21:107

~ ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala sent HIS Final Messenger and Beloved as a Mercy unto all of Creation. Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was Rahmatul Iil Aalameen .. He was a mercy to the believers, even to the disbelievers, the men, women, orphans, prisoners, the young, the elderly, the weak, animals, nature, jinn.. All of the Creation.

~ Several incidents highlighted in Quran, seerah and hadith demonstrate the softness of the heart of The Beloved of ALLAH. To enumerate a few, the description of the occasions when Rasulullah (Sallalaahu alayhi wa salam) shed tears, will be described. The crying of Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was neither sobbing nor wailing – never was his Mubarak voice raised. Similarly, the laughing of Rasulullaah was not loud nor excessive. Muhaditheen describe both the crying and laughing of RasulUllah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) both moderate and restrained.

~ Rasulullaah  (صلى الله عليه و سلم) used to cry-:

– when he feared evil would befall his Ummat,
– during moments of intense spiritual introspection,
– while reading or listening to the Quran e Majeed. His mubarak tears were thus prompted by Love, Longing, and an Intense Feeling to Glorify ALLAH Subhaana wa Ta’aala.

~ Once Hazrat Bilal (RA) asked Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) why he cried so much, when he knew that his past and present sins were forgiven. Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) replied saying that why should he not be a grateful servant of Allah (his crying was out of Gratitude to ALLAH for His innumerable favours) … Then He said that the verse, ‘The Creation of the Heavens and the Earth and the alternation of the Night and Day are signs for those who ponder’, was revealed to him Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: woe unto those who do not take heed and ponder.

~ The sound emanating from the mubarak chest of RasulUllah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) when he cried was described by the Sahaba (RA) as ‘a wheezing sound from a boiler’

~ Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) once asked Hazrat Abdullah bin Masood (RA) to recite Quran Sharief so that he may listen. When the verse in the 5th Juz ‘How will it be when WE bring from each nation a witness and WE bring you O Muhammad as witness before them’ was recited, Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) cried out ‘Hasbuk! Hasbuk!’ (Stop the recitation now. That was sufficient) and his eyes were overflowing with tears. This was his love for us!

~ On several occasions at the death of a family member or Sahabi, Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) cried:

* When Ebrahim (RA), the beloved son of RasulUllah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) passed away and he cried and was questioned by Hazrat Abdurahman bin Auf (RA) about this, Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said that it was Mercy making him cry and that crying is natural, at a loss of a loved one but a believer NEVER utters that which is displeasing to ALLAH. This is when a person must exercise complete Sabr and be pleased with the Decision of ALLAH ( Ridha bil Qadha).

* When the daughter (Umme Kulsum) of RasulUllah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) passed away, he perched over her qabr and cried. Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) has said that ‘Verily the Believer is in a state of complete goodness in every situation’ … Even at the time of Death, the Believer praises ALLAH Rabbul Izzat.

* At the death of his infant grandson, Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) cried while holding the frail infant and described his mubarak tears as ‘Mercy which ALLAH has placed in the hearts of his slaves’. ‘Verily ALLAH has Mercy on all of HIS slaves that are merciful to others’. ‘ Verily what ALLAH takes and gives belongs to HIM and everything has its appointed time’.

~ Aarifbillah Hazrath Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (RA) once mentioned, that sometimes when one remains ‘pent-up’ and does not allow oneself to cry and let out the sorrow over a loss, could cause the person to become ill.

~ Whilst remembering the martyrs of Muta (near Jordan), Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) cried. He was informed by ALLAH of their situation and described as he cried, the scenario on the battle field, how Zaid (RA), then Ja’far (RA), then Abdullah bin Rawaha (RA) one by one became shaheed and how the banner of the Muslims was then taken up by Khalid bin Waleed (RA).

~ Once, whilst crying at a qabr the soil below his mubarak feet became soaked with his tears, Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) reminded the Sahaba (RA) to remember death and prepare for the Aakhirat.

~ The night before the Battle of Badr, every Sahabi who participated, slept soundly. Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) however spent the entire night praying and crying before ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala.

~ At the time of a solar or lunar eclipse, RasulUllah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) would perform a special salaah. On one such occasion, he prostrated so long and cried, then blew as he stood up and Praised ALLAH. He explained how Jahanam had appeared before him and he blew it, fearing that it may descend upon the people and punish them! 

~ What Love! Not a day went by in the life of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) that he did not cry ‘Allahuma Ummati, Ummati!’. On one such occasion ALLAH (Despite knowing why), sent Jibraeel (AS) to ask Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) why he was crying. His reply was that he was crying out of mercy and compassion for his nation, as he was worried what their condition and plight would be on the Day of Qiyaamah…… ALLAH sent a message informing Rasulullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) ‘Verily WE will please you regarding your Ummah and WE will not give you cause to be grieved about them’

HOW HAVE WE SHOWN APPRECIATION FOR OUR Nabi (صلى الله عليه و سلم)!!! He cried for EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US, right upto the Day of Qiyamah……Do we have softness in our hearts? Do we emulate his pristine example? How much of the Sunnah is in our lives?

~ Rasulullaah  (صلى الله عليه و سلم) used to make dua for eyes that shed tears……. as such eyes cannot be touched by the Blazing Fire of Jahanam.

May ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala bless us with soft, merciful hearts and enable us to show compassion to mankind….