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Compassion for All Creation

January 28, 2011

Saiful Islam

ChickMessenger of AllahSall-Allahu    alayhi wa sallamwas a balanced human being, who had all the perfect qualities a man could ever possess. He took each positive quality and exemplified them to its epitome.  Be it a husband or neighbour, a general of an army or a businessman, our master MuhammadSall-Allahu    alayhi wa sallamwas exemplary in each of his duties and roles and was an all-round master.

One of his qualities was that of compassion.  The Messenger ofSall-Allahu    alayhi wa sallamhad immense compassion and mercy for not only man, but for all creation.

In one narration (Abu Dawud) Ibn Masud (radhialla’anhu) relates, “We are once on a journey with Nabi saw. He left us for a short while and a small bird with two chicks, drew out attention.  We took away the chicks and when the mother bird returned she began to flutter her wings in uneasiness.

When NabiSall-Allahu    alayhi wa sallamreturned and noticed this, he asked, “who caused distress to this bird by removing her chicks? Return her chicks to her!”

This was translated to the Sahaba (radhialla’anhum) who were extremely meticulous in emulated the Messenger of Allah (SWT).

During the conquest of Egypt, Amr ibn al-Aas (radhialla’anhu), a Muslim commander, recieved the go-ahead from Umar ibn al-Khattab (radhialla’anhu) to conquer Alexandria.  As he issued the command for his tend to be pulled down, he noticed that a pigeon had laid eggs in a corner of the tent.  He commanded

“leave the tent standing until the eggs have hatched and the young birds can fly away on their own”.

He appointed a person to guard the nest so that no harm would befall the pigeon and her eggs.  ‘Amr (radhialla’anhu) himself proceeded to Alexandria and remained engaged there for six months.  When Allah (SWT) granted the Muslims victory, he returned to his original tent and established the city of Al-Fustat (al-fustat literally meaning tent in Arabic) close to it.

The ProphetSall-Allahu    alayhi wa sallamwas the pinnacle of humanity and emphasised kindness and respect for all creation.  The Sahaba (radhialla’anhum) emulated this perfection to their best of their abilities.  As result of this they reached the peak of their glory and greatness.  The fact remains, as long as we make our Qiblah Hollywood and Bollywood movies, gangsters, drug dealers and the girl next door, and we neglect to imbue in ourselves the noble qualities of the best of creation MuhammadSall-Allahu    alayhi wa sallam, including compassion, Muslims will remain the froth they have become.

Messenger of Allah saw was a balanced human being, who had all the perfect 

qualities a man could ever possess. He took each positive quality and

exemplified them to its epitome.  Be it a husband or neighbour, a general of

an army or a businessman, our master Muhammad saw was exemplary in each of his

duties and roles and was an all-round master.

One of his qualities was that of compassion.  The Messenger of saw had immense

compassion and mercy for not only man, but for all creation.

In one narration (Abu Dawud) Ibn Masud (radhialla’anhu) relates, “We are once

on a journey with Nabi saw. He left us for a short while and a small bird with

two chicks, drew out attention.  We took away the chicks and when the mother

bird returned she began to flutter her wings in uneasiness.

When Nabi saw returned and noticed this, he asked, “who caused distress to

this birdby removing her chicks? Return her chicks to her!”

This of course was translated to the Sahaba (radhialla’anhum) who were

extremely meticulous in emulated the Messenger of Allah saw.

During the conquest of Egypt, Amr ibn al-Aas (radhialla’anhu), a Muslim

commander, recieved the go-ahead from Umar ibn al-Khattab (radhialla’anhu) to

conquer Alexandria.  As he issued the command for his tend to be pulled down,

he noticed that a pigeon had laid eggs in a corner of the tent.  He commanded

“leave the tent standing until the eggs have hatched and the young birds can

fly away on their own”.

He appointed a person to guard the nest so that no harm would befall the

pigeon and her eggs.  ‘Amr (radhialla’anhu) himself proceeded to Alexandria

and remained engaged there for six months.  When Allah swt granted the Muslims

victory, he returned to his original tent and established the city of Al-

Fustat (al-fustat literally meaning tent in Arabic) close to it.

The Prophet saw was the pinnacle of humanity and emphasised kindness and

respect for all creation.  The Sahaba (radhialla’anhum) emulated this

perfection to their best of their abilities.  As result of this they reached

the peak of their glory and greatness.

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