Allah is our merciful Lord. He is kind and asks us to be kind, too. Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) said:
“God is kind and likes kindness in all things.” [Bukhari]
Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) was sent to the world to teach the word of Allah to the entire humanity. He practiced every teaching of Islam to prove its practicality and benefits. His life is a blessing which, upon following, will lead us to the path of Jannah. Allah says about him in the Qur’an:
“We sent thee not but as a mercy for all creatures.” [Qur’an 21:107]
In an era, when the people of Makkah were lost in their arrogance and were cruel to their servants and women, Allah sent a Messenger who was kind. In the conceited nation, would you find it surprising that a modest man won the hearts and became the greatest leaders of all times? He won people due to his gentleness and changed millions of hearts.
Anas (R.A), who served Muhammad (P.B.U.H) for about ten years, said that he was never scolded by him. Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) was always polite and kind to him. There are several other incidents and witnesses which prove his wonderful treatment of his servants in a time when servants were treated as animals, and sometimes, even worse.
Arabs did not think highly of women. They sold their women, gambled them, did not give them any share in their inherited wealth, and were ashamed if they had a daughter born to them. Some tribes went so far as to bury their infant daughters alive so as not to have to face the world with a daughter in hands. Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) forbade all such maltreatment. He encouraged that the women be given a status of respect that they deserve. He held his own daughters, wives, the women of his family, and all the other women in high esteem and gave them their due rights. He said:
“O you who believe! You are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should you treat them with harshness, that you may take away part of the dowry you have given them – except when they have become guilty of open lewdness. On the contrary, live with them on a footing of kindness and equity.” [Qur’an 4:19]
Allah’s Apostle (P.B.U.H)’s most astonishing trait was his treatment of his enemies. He was kind to them even. The prisoners of battles were never beheaded. After the battle of Badr, the prisoners were given a choice: they could either pay the ransom and free themselves or teach ten Muslim children to read and write. Muslims were also ordered by the Prophet (P.B.U.H) to treat these prisoners well.
The kindness and mercy of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) was not limited to humans only. He was kind and compassionate towards animals as well. He said:
“Fear God in regards to these animals who cannot speak their will. If you ride them, treat them accordingly (by making them strong and fit for that), and if you [plan to] eat them, treat them accordingly (by making them fat and healthy).” [Abu Dawud]
Compassion was among the most prominent of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H)’s characteristics. His loving and kind nature gained him the status of the most respected preacher and the most successful leader of all times. He has been respected by Muslims as well Non-Muslims for his personality even today.