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May 27, 2011

Seriously Short Reminder No. 20: Be kind…

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Why should a person be kind? Simply because Allah loves it.

يا عائشة ! إن الله رفيق يحب الرفق . ويعطي على الرفق ما لا يعطي على العنف . وما لا يعطي على ما سواه

Aishah (radiallahu anha), the wife of Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam), reported that Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Oh Aishah, verily Allah is kind and He loves kindness and confers upon kindness which he does not confer upon severity and does not confer upon anything else besides it (kindness).” [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 6273]

Kindness beautifies whatever it is associated with.

إن الرفق لا يكون في شيء إلا زانه . ولا ينزع من شيء إلا شانه

Aishah (radiallahu anha), the wife of Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam), reported that Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) as saying: “Kindness is not to be found in anything but that it adds to its beauty and it is not withdrawn from anything but it makes it defective.” [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 6274]

Oh and in case you think that kindness just refers to “kindness to people”, the Prophet’s (salallahu alaihi wasallam) statement to Aishah (radiallahu anha) above came after the following scenario:

ركبت عائشة بعيرا . فكانت فيه صعوبة . فجعلت تردده . فقال لها رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : عليك بالرفق

Aishah (radiallahu anha) mounted upon a wild camel and she began to make that go round and round. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “You should show kindness”. [Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 6275]

So, he (salallahu alaihi wasallam) mentioned kindness with regards to who? A wild camel!

Subhan Allah, if we are meant to show a certain amount of kindness to wild animals, then obviously a fellow human being, especially a Muslim, will have more right to our kindness.

So, let’s all try to be kind (look, I said “try”. I know that it’s difficult!), whether it is to the neighbour that we can’t stand, or that annoying classmate or the poor goldfish that’s all alone in the fish bowl.

Why? Because Allah loves kindness. That’s enough reason to try, isn’t it?

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