Hadith on Kindness
بسم االله الرحمن الرحیم
إِنَّ اللَّهَ بِالنَّاسِ لَرَءُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌThus Allah Almighty is merciful to His servants. Hadith on kindness is our opportunity to talk about kindness in Islam, and how the Messenger of Allah was kind. To learn Hadith on Kindness, we have to know more about kindness and its meaning. There are many verses in the Holy Quran and Hadiths that talk about kindness, and we will take one example of Hadith on kindness. Before learning Hadith on kindness, we should know types of kindness in Islam.
Types of kindness:1. Kindness to ourselves: A Muslim has to be kind to himself in worshiping Allah. That is why our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has instructed us not to be strict, and not to be extremists, but we have to be in the middle. As said by Allah in His Holy book in Surah Baqarah:
بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
وَكَذَٰلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطًا لِّتَكُونُوا شُهَدَاءَ عَلَى النَّاسِ وَیَكُونَ الرَّسُولُ عَلَیْكُمْ شَهِیدًاThis great Verse indicates that the nation of the beloved Prophet (SAW) is a moderate and non_extremist nation. 2. Kindness to all people: This is the second type of kindness in Islam, and it means to deal with other people with love and tolerance. The Messenger of Allah said:
قال صلى الله علیه وسلم: إنَّ الله رفیق یحب الرِّفق في الأمر كلِّهThis is one example of Hadith on kindness that shows the kindness of Allah, and His love to kind people. 3. Kindness to Parish: Every Muslim must play his full rule in providing requirements, securing life, or any other human demands. Another type of kindness in Islam is kindness to the subordinates in order to fulfill this type of kindness. The Messenger of Allah Muhammad (SAW) has confirmed this type of kindness in many Noble Hadiths. t is important to say that religious Jurists have to be kind in their advice to people, so that people should follow them and not to be alienated from them. Allah Almighty also said in Surah An-Nahl:
بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم ادْعُ إِلِى سَبِیلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ وَجَادِلْهُم بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُThis Ayah addresses preachers of Islam to be kind to other people. 4. Kindness to the servant: If you have a servant, you are obliged to be kind with him and help him to get Allah’s satisfaction. 5. Kindness to animals: Kindness to animals is to prevent all kinds of harm from any animal and offer them food, drink, and safety. This indicates the greatness of Islam, and its sympathy even with animals.
Hadith on kindness:
قال الرسول الكریم صلى الله علیه وسلم:
مَنْ أُعْطِيَ حَظَّهُ مِنْ الرِّفْقِ فَقَدْ أُعْطِيَ حَظَّهُ مِنْ الْخَیْرِ وَمَنْ حُرِمَ حَظَّهُ مِنْ الرِّفْقِ فَقَدْ حُرِمَ حَظَّهُ مِنْ الْخَیْرِ