MUHAMMED (PBUH)- MERCY FOR ALL
1. Mercy for the Worlds:
Mercy is an attribute of Allâh. He is the Compassionate, the Merciful. And He is Kind with His creatures. He sent His Messenger with kindness and He says, “And We have sent you (O Muhammed (peace be upon him)) not but as a mercy for all the worlds.” (Quran 21:107)
2. Mercy for the Believers:
Prophet Muhammed Pbuh was a mercy to all the believers ,men and women. The Prophet brought the law of Islam based on the principle of compassion. Allah says,
“Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger (Muhammed (peace be upon him)) from amongst yourselves (i.e. whom you know well). It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty. He (Muhammed (peace be upon him)) is anxious over you (to be rightly guided, to repent to Allah, and beg Him to pardon and forgive your sins, in order that you may enter Paradise and be saved from the punishment of the Hell-fire); for the believers (he peace be upon him is) full of pity, kind, and merciful.” (Quran 9:128)
Sa‘d bin ‘Ubaadah once became ill, so Allah’s Messenger visited him in his house. On seeing his faithful Companion in a pitiful state, he was moved to tears. Then, he said: “Allah does not punish because of tears, nor because of grief, but he punishes because of this."- And he pointed to his tongue. [Al-Bukhari]
Compassion means feeling concerned about the affairs of fellow Muslims, sharing their pains and aspirations and coming to their aid. It also entails enjoining good, forbidding evil, and teaching the Muslims the goals of being compassionate. The Messenger of Allah said, “The example of me and you is like that of a man who kindled a fire. Grasshoppers and butterflies start falling into the fire and the man continue protecting them against it. I am holding you back from falling into the fire and you are slipping off my hand.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Hadrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) said that a man who had died in debt would be brought to Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) and he would ask whether he had left anything to discharge his debt. If he was told that he had left enough he would pray, otherwise he would tell the Muslims to pray over their friend. But when Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) wrought the conquests at his hands he stood up and said, "I am closer to the believers than their own selves,* so if any of the believers dies leaving a debt I shall be responsible for paying it, and if anyone leaves property it goes to his heirs." (Bukhari and Muslim)
Hadrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: While we were in the mosque with Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) a desert Arab came and began to pass water in the mosque. The companions of Allah's Messenger said, "Stop! Stop!" but Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) said, "Don't interrupt him; leave him alone." They left him alone, and when he had finished, Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) called him and said to him, "These mosques are not suitable places for urine and filth, but are only for remembrance of Allah, prayer and recitation of the Qur'an," or however Allah's Messenger expressed it. Hadrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said that he then gave orders to one of the people who brought a bucket and poured water over it. (Bukhari and Muslim)
3. Mercy to the enemies and non believers:
When the people of Makkah made things difficult for him, persecuted him and his companions and injured his face, he could still be heard saying while wiping blood off his face, “O Allâh! Forgive my people for they know not what they are doing.”
In Makkah, his people inflicted him with every kind of suffering, eventually forcing him to emigrate to Madina, and then waged war on him for five years. However, when he conquered Makkah without bloodshed in the twenty-first year of his Prophethood, he asked the Makkan unbelievers who were awaiting his decision about them: “How do you expect me to treat you?” They responded unanimously: "You are a noble one, the son of a noble one." He announced to them his decision:
“You may go free! No reproach this day shall be on you; may God forgive you.”
Hadrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) said: the Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) was asked to curse the infidels. He said, "I have not been sent to curse people but as a mercy to all mankind." (Muslim)
Mother of faithful believers Hadrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said that she once asked the Holy Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him): 'Did you face a day severer than the day of the battle of Uhud? 'He answered: 'Yes I have experienced such things at the hands of your people and such a day was the day of Aqabah. On this day I presented myself to Abdi lail bin Abd Kulal and offered him Islam, but he failed to make any responce to what I had offered to him. I therefore, left with a heavy heart and depressed. I felt some relieft only when I reached Qarn Sa'alib. Here I looked up and saw a cloud covering me. In this cloud I saw Angel Jibril (peace be upon him) who called me and said: Allah, the Most High, has heard what your people have said to you and the response to your offer. Allah has now sent the Angel of the Mountains to you to carry out your orders to do what you might like to be done to them. Then the Angel of the Mountains addressed me greeting with Salam and then said: 'Muhammed! Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) has heard what your people have said to you. I am the Angel of the Mountains and my Lord has sent me to you to carry out your orders. What do you want now to be done? If you like I may crush them between the two mountains encircling the city of Makka. The Holy Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) replied: (I do not want their destruction) I am still hopeful that Allah will make some of their children (good Muslims) who would worship Allah, the One, without associating anybody with Him. (Bukhari and Muslim).
Hadrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that a Jewess came to Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) with poisoned mutton and he took of what had been brought to him. (When the effect of his poison were felt by him) he called for her and asked her about that, whereupon she said: I had determined to kill you. Thereupon he said: Allah will never give you the power to do it. He (the narrator) said that they (the Companions of the Holy Prophet) said: Should we not kill her? Thereupon he said: No. He (Anas) said: I felt (the effects of this poison) on the uvula of Allah's Messenger. (Muslim)
During one of the battles the Prophet fought in, a dead woman was found on the battlefield.
Upon seeing her, the Prophet made it clear to his Companions that it was forbidden to kill women and children.- Saheeh Al-Bukhari (3014, 3015).
And whenever the Prophet would appoint a man to lead an army or a unit of fighters, he would advise that man to fear God, to treat his soldiers well, to
“…Do not steal from the spoils of war nor act treacherously; do not mutilate (the bodies of fallen enemy soldiers); do not kill a child, …” Saheeh Muslim,
Narratives of the Prophet’s life and books of Islamic history mention another agreement the Prophet made with a delegation of Yemen’s Najran Christians.
The treaty states the following:
“In the Name of God, the All Compassionate and Most Merciful.
The following is what the Prophet Muhammed, the Godsend Messenger, has agreed to bequeath to the people of Najran in writing…
Najran and its surrounding areas are entitled to the good neighbourly relations Almighty God had ordained, and the guarantee of His Messenger, the Prophet Muhammed, to ensure the safety and security of their inhabitants, in themselves, their wealth, their faith, their people (present and absent alike), their tribes, their churches, their buying and selling and everything under their hands, great or small.
The Prophet vows not to replace any of their bishops, monks or priests in their respective parish posts.
The people of Najran are liable to no usurious payments and no blood money from prior, Jahiliah times; they shall not be drafted in the army, are not subject to pay the tenth of their income in taxes, and there will be no army stationed in their territories.
Whoever amongst them demands a right of his, he shall be treated with justice and fairness, being neither oppressor nor oppressed.”
The two companions of the Prophet, Sahl bin Hunaif and Kais bin Sa’d, reported that they were sitting in a place called Al-’Qadissiah and a funeral procession passed by them and they stood up in reverence.They were told:
“It is the funeral of a themi (a Christian or Jew living under the protection of Muslims).
They said: A funeral passed by the Prophet (pbuh) and he stood up in respect.
It was said: But it is the funeral procession of a Jew and the Prophet said: so what? Isn’t it a human soul?”- Bukhari
"Once, I was walking with the Messenger of God (pbuh) while he was wearing a Yemeni cloak with a collar with rough edges. A Bedouin grabbed him strongly. I looked at the side of his neck and saw that the edge of the cloak left a mark on his neck. The Bedouin said, ‘O Muhammed! Give me [some] of the wealth of God that you have.’ The Messenger of God (pbuh) turned to the Bedouin, laughed and ordered that he be given [some money]." (Bukhari )
He prayed for the leader of the Munafiqeen (Hypocrites): Narrated Hadrat Ibn 'Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him): When 'Abdullah bin 'Ubai died, his son 'Abdullah came to Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) and asked him to give him his shirt in order to shroud his father in it. He gave it to him and then 'Abdullah asked the Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) to offer the funeral prayer for him (his father). Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) got up to offer the funeral prayer for him, Sayyidina 'Umar got up too and got hold of the garment of Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) and said, "O Allah's Messenger! Will you offer the funeral prayer for him though your Lord has forbidden you to offer the prayer for him?" Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) said, "But Allah has given me the choice by saying:-
'Whether you ask forgiveness for them, or do not ask forgiveness for them; even if you ask forgiveness for them seventy times....' (9:80)
So I will ask more than seventy times." Sayyidina 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said, "But he (Abdullah bin 'Ubai) is a hypocrite!" However, Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) did offer the funeral prayer for him whereupon Allah revealed:- 'And never (O Muhammed) pray for anyone of them that dies, nor stand at his grave.' (9:84) * (Bukhari)
*The complete verse is: "And never (O Muhammed) pray for anyone of them that dies nor stand at his grave. Lo! they disbelieved in Allah and His Messenger and they died while they were evil-doers." (9:84)
Hadrat Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that a person requested Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) to give him a very large flock (of sheep) and he gave that to him. He came to his tribe and said: O people, embrace Islam. By Allah, Muhammed donates so much as if he did not fear want. Hadrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said that the person embraced Islam for the sake of the world but later he became Muslim until Islam became dearer to him than the world and what it contains. (Muslim)
4. Mercy to the Orphans and Widows
Prophet Muhammed married many widows to protect and take care of them along with their children. His house would appear more like an orphanage and an old age home .
He used to treat orphans well and charitably. He used to commend people to sponsor them and treat them with excellence and he also used to announce the consequent virtues of that saying, “I and a patron of an orphanage are as close in Paradise (while waving with the index and middle finger and parting them .” He also said that the best house in Muslim houses is the one with an orphan being treated well in it. ” ( Bukhari and Ibn Majah)
Abu Hurairah reported Allah's Messenger as saying, ‘The best house among the Muslims is one where an orphan is well treated, and the worst house among the Muslims is one where an orphan is badly treated." (Ibn Majah)
He surely wanted mercy to spread across the whole length of the Islamic world when he said:“Unholy is the land where the weak are not given their rights wholly and unequivocally.”- Al-Albani, Sahih Al-Targheeb wa Al-Tarheeb, Hadeeth no. 1818.
“The one who seeks to help the widow and the poor is no different from the one who fights in the cause of God or the one who stays up all night praying and all day fasting.”- Ibid., Hadeeth no. 5993.
5. Mercy to the Slaves and domestic workers
Prophet Muhammed Pbuh said about the slaves that “Feed them with the food which you eat, clothe them with such clothing as you wear, and do not cause trouble to Allah’s creatures."
Once a man came to Prophet Muhammed and said, "O Allah's Messenger! How many times should I forgive the mistakes of slaves?" The Noble Prophet kept quiet. The man repeated his question three times, and the Prophet replied at the third time, "Forgive them seventy times every day." A man had two slaves but was not happy with them. He used to beat and abuse them but they did not change their ways. He complained to the Prophet and asked for his advice. Prophet Muhammed said that if his punishment was in proportion to their wrongs, well and good; otherwise Allah would punish him for his excess. On hearing this the man was upset and began crying. Prophet Muhammed recited the verse from the Qur'an, "We shall set up scales of justice on the Day of Resurrection." (1:47) and observed that the man did not read the Qur'an. After this he said, "O Allah's Messenger, it is better that I release them from my possession. Be witness that they are now free."
Narrated Anas (RA):I served The Prophet for ten years, and he never said to me, “Uf” (a minor harsh word denoting impatience) and never blamed me by saying,“Why did you do so or why didn’t you do so?” [Bukhari Kitab Al-Adab]
In a similar hadith Anas RA reported: “I served him for nine years, but I do not know that he ever said to me about anything I did, why I did that, or about anything I had neglected, why I had not done that.” (Muslim)
6. Mercy to Women
Once the Noble Prophet was sleeping with his face covered in the apartment of Aisha. It was the day of Eid (Muslims' holiday) and young girls were singing. Abu Bakr entered the house and asked the girls to stop. The Prophet said, "Let them sing, it is the day of Eid for them." ( Bukhari )
He said, "Whoever [brings up] two girls till they come of age, will be in the next world along with me, like my two fingers joining each other." (Abu Dawud)
He said, "A believing man should not hate a believing woman; if he dislikes one of her characteristics, he will be pleased with another. (Muslim)
He said, " “I start the prayers, intending to lengthen them. I then hear a child crying so I make them shorter, knowing how emotional a child’s mother gets.” ( Bukhari and Muslim)
Once many women relatives of Prophet Muhammed were sitting around him and talking loudly to him. When Omar came they all left, at which the Prophet laughed. Omar said, "O Allah's Messenger, may Allah keep you smiling. Why did you laugh?", The Prophet remarked that he was amazed at the behavior of those women, who, on hearing Omar's voice, had all hidden themselves from him. Omar, addressing them, said, "You fear me but do not fear Allah's Messenger." They all said, "You are a hot-tempered person in comparison to Allah's Messenger." (Muslim)
He said: The most perfect Muslim in the matter of faith is one who has excellent behavior; and the best among you are those who behave best towards their wives. (Tirmidhi)
Anas b. Malik said: “A woman from the people of Madina who was partially insane said to the Prophet (Pbuh): ‘I have to ask you [your help] about something.’ He helped her and took care of her needs." (Bukhari #670)
7. Mercy to Children
Anas always greeted children as he passed them, saying that he did so because he had observed the Prophet doing the same thing. (Bukhari and Muslim)
When his guests brought children with them, the Prophet called them towards him and placed them on his lap. One day an infant urinated on his clothes. He simply poured water over the area but did not wash the clothes (as the infant was only breast-fed). (Bukhari)
Prophet Muhammed used to set some kids in a row and saying, "I'll give such and such (i.e gift or so) to the one who come to me first." So they used to race and fall on his back and chest. (Ahmad)
I never saw anyone who was more compassionate towards children than Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). His son Ibrahim was in the care of a wet nurse in the hills around Madinah. He would go there, and we would go with him, and he would enter the house, pick up his son and kiss him, then come back. (Muslim)
Prophet pbuh also used to pay attention to children and their interests/hobbies so that they feel important. Anas bin Malik [ra] narrated: The Prophet used to mingle with us to the extent that he would say to the younger brother of mine,“O father of Umair! What did An Nughair [your sparrow] do?” [Muslim]
The Prophet’s love for children was not restricted to his children and grandchildren. The scope of his mercy and affection embraced all children, and he showed the same interest and gentleness to other children. Usamah ibn Zaid (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates: Allah’s Messenger used to put me on (one of) his thighs and put Al-Hasan ibn `Ali on his other thigh, and then embrace us and say,“O Allah! Please be merciful to them, as I am merciful to them.” (Bukhari)
The Prophet was always patient and considerate with children and took great pain not to hurt their tender feelings. Narrated Abu Qatadah:“The Messenger of Allah came towards us while carrying Umamah the daughter of Abi Al-`As (Prophet’s granddaughter) over his shoulder. He prayed, and when he wanted to bow, he put her down, and when he stood up he lifted her up.” (Al-Bukhari)
In a another hadith, Narrated Umm Khalid:I (the daughter of Khalid ibn Said) went to Allah’s Messenger with my father and I was wearing a yellow shirt. Allah’s Messenger said,“Sanah, Sanah!” (`Abdullah, the narrator, said that sanah meant “good” in the Ethiopian language). I then started playing with the seal of prophethood (between the Prophet’s shoulders) and my father rebuked me harshly for that. Allah’s Messenger said, “Leave her.” The Prophet, then, invoked Allah to grant her a long life thrice. (Al-Bukhari)
A companion, recalling his childhood, said, “In my childhood I used to fell dates by throwing stones at palm trees. Somebody took me to the Prophet who advised me to pick up the dates lying on the ground but not to fell them with stones. He then patted me and blessed me.” (Abu Dawud)
8. Mercy to Animals
The Prophet pbuh forbade his companions to keep the unintelligent creatures hungry or thirsty, to disturb or to overburden them. He commended that kindness and putting them at ease were meritorious acts tending to bring man nearer to Allah.
Abu Hurayrah reports the Prophet as saying: "A traveller who was thirsty saw a well in the way. He got inside the well and when he came out he saw a dog licking mud due to thirst. The man realised that the dog was as thirsty as him, so he got into the well again, filled his leather sock with water and carried it out holding it with his teeth. Thus, he quenched the thirst of the dog. Allah was pleased with this act of kindness and pardoned his sins." The Companions asked: "O Messenger of Allah, is there recompense in the matter of beasts and wild animals also?" The Prophet replied: "There is recompense in regard to every creature that has a living heart."
Once the Prophet passed by a camel that was so emaciated its back was one with its abdomen. Upon that, the Prophet said, “Fear Allah with regard to livestock. Ride them in a fitting way and eat them when they are in good condition." (Abu Dawud)
He once entered the garden of man from the Ansar (Muslims of Madina) and there was a camel. When the Prophet saw the camel it froze and its eyes started watering. Then the Prophet of Allah came to it and rubbed its ears so it calmed down. Then the Prophet said, “Who is the owner of this camel? Whose camel is this?” A young man from the Ansar told him, ”O Messenger of Allah, it belongs to me.” Then he told him (, “Do you not fear Allah with regard to this beast which Allah has let you own? It complained to me that you starve it and tire it by overworking it and using it beyond its capacity." (Ahmad and Abu Dawud)
Prophet Muhammed pbuh saw some people sitting on animals so he commented, “Keep them safe and sound when riding them and when leaving them, don’t use them as chairs for your side talks in the streets and markets. A ridden animal might be better than its rider and might remember and mention God more than its rider does." (Ahmad and Abu Yali)
Prophet Muhammed once said, “A woman was doomed to enter the Fire because of a cat. She imprisoned it and neither fed it nor set it free to eat the rodents of the earth.” ( Bukhari )
“We were with the Messenger of Allâh on a journey. While he went to ease himself, we saw a redstart (a type of bird) with two chicks and we took them. The redstart then came, spreading out her wings. When the Messenger of Allah arrived (and saw the bird) he said, “Who bereaved this with her children? Return her chicks back to her.” (Abû Dâwûd)
The Prophet once passed by a burned out anthill. When the Prophet saw it he asked, “Who has burned it?” When he was informed of who had done it, he said, “Only the Lord of Fire has the right to punish with fire." (Abu Dawud)
Prophet Muhammed prohibited the killing of a bird for the sake of pleasure and not for a specific beneficial need, the Prophet said, “Anyone who would kill a bird, this bird would come on Doomsday and say, “God, this person killed me for pleasure and not for benefit." (An-Nasaai)
He saw a person preparing a lamb, laying it down while he was still sharpening his knife. Prophet Muhammed then commented, “Do you want to kill it twice? Sharpen your knife before you lay it down.” ( Bukhari and Muslim).
Once Prophet Muhammed saw a donkey on the road with a brand on its face, and said, "Allah's curse is on him who branded it." (Muslim)
Narrated Hadrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) said, "One of the rights is that she camels should be milked at places of water." (Bukhari)
9. Mercy to the Environment
There are distinctive provisions admonishing urination in waterlines, under fruit trees, on roads and in places that people rested and keeping animals at a distance from the wells. It is even stated that these acts are actually forbidden in Islam. The hadiths point to the need to keep the masjids clean, not to urinate by the water sources, river sides and stagnant water; “Any of you shall not urinate in dead water because they may do ablution with that water later” (Bukhara, “Vudu” B.68; Muslim, “Taharat” H.No: 95-96).
The existence of many hadiths that encourage the greening and afforesting of the environment clearly reflects the Prophet’s concern thereof
“If a Muslim plants a tree or grow grains and a bird, a person or an animal eats from it will be counted as a charity for him.”(Bukhari)
“Whoever plants a tree is rewarded by Allah as much as the produce grown in that tree.” (Ahmad b.Hanbal, Musnad, V, 415.)
“Whoever plants a tree and diligently looks after it until it matures and bears fruit is rewarded,” (Ahmad b.Hanbal, Musnad, IV, 61, 374)
“Whoever plants a tree and it matures, Allah plants a tree in paradise for that person.” (Ahmad b.Hanbal, Musnad, IV, 61).
The Prophet also emphasized the role of love in treating the environment with care and affection. He has expressed his love for Mountain Uhud as: “This is a mount which likes us; we also love it.” (Bukhara, “Meghazi”, B. 27). (Ahmad b.Hanbal, Musnad, IV, 61).
Without making any differentiation Islam has preached the equal responsibility of human beings to all living creatures. Just as important as the human rights, it is crucial to observe the rights of the animals. A person has the obligation to show compassion and mercy to other living beings.
“Allah the Merciful mercy the merciful. Be merciful to those on the earth so that those in the heavens mercy you.” (Tirmizi, “Birr”: B.16).
10. Mercy to Elderly
The Prophet (Pbuh) taught people to show mercy to elderly men and women, and mercy here means respecting and honouring them.
In fact the Prophet went so far in this as to put honouring the elderly on a par with revering and venerating Almighty God.
“It is part of glorifying God,” he said, “to honour the grey-haired, elderly Muslims.” Al-Albani’s Mishkat Al-Masabeeh, Hadeeth no. 4972; Sahih Al-Targheeb wa Al-Tarheeb, Hadeeth no. 98.
Now, what mercy is there beyond this?!
One aspect of his showing mercy and respect to the elderly is the preferential treatment he accorded to them, even in the right of speech.
It is reported that a group of people came to him and the youngest started talking, but the Prophet (Pbuh) said: “The older should begin.” Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth no. 3158.
In many other matters, like leading the prayers, the Prophet gave preferential treatment to the elderly when qualifications were equal.
It is reported that two men who wanted to travel came to him.He told them:
“When you two leave, you should pronounce the Athan, then the Iqama whenever prayer time is due, and the older of you should lead in prayer.” Sahih Al-Bukhari, Hadeeth no. 594; Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth no. 1081.
The same goes for smaller matters too.
It is reported that he said:“I saw in a vision I was rinsing my mouth with siwak.Two people came up to me, one older than the other.I handed the younger the siwak but I was told to give it to the older first, and so I did.” - Sahih Al-Bukhari, Hadeeth no. 238; Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth no. 4216. In Al-Silsilah Al-Sahiha, Hadeeth no. 1555, Al-Albani said: “Ibn Ba’tal reported that it (the Hadeeth) signifies giving preference to the old in giving the siwak, which also applies to eating, drinking, walking and speaking. Al-Muhalab said: (This holds true) provided the people were not seated in the usual orderly manner. If they were, it is sunnah to give preference to the person on the right, which is correct.”
It is also reported that the Prophet was given a drink with a boy seated to his right and the older people to his left. “Would you permit me to pass (the drink) to the elder people (first),” the Prophet asked?
The boy said, “I wouldn’t wish anyone to have my share other than you.
So, the Prophet (Pbuh) gave it to the boy.” Sahih Al-Bukhari, Hadeeth no. 5189.
He coupled respecting the old with being kind to the young, for one cannot be a Muslim if one ignores either mercy: “None of us is he who does not show mercy to the young and revere the old.” Al-Albani, Al-Silsilah Al-Sahihah, Hadeeth no. 2196.
11. Mercy to the Neighbours:
The Prophet (pbuh) said:“By God, he is no believer, no believer at all.
Who Godsend Messenger, his companions asked?
He whose neighbour cannot feel safe from his harm, the Prophet said.”- Al-Albani, Al-Targheeb wa Al-Tarheeb, Hadeeths no. 2550-2551.
“Muslim women,” the Prophet (pbuh) is reported to have said, “None of you should look down on a gift given to her by a neighbouring woman, even if it were the trotters of a sheep (the fleshless part of its legs).”-Bukhari
The love and compassion of Allaah’s Messenger for all kinds of creatures was not of the kind claimed by today’s ‘humanists’. He was sincere and balanced in his love and compassion. He was more compassionate than any other person. He was a Prophet raised by Allaah, the Creator and Sustainer of all beings, for the guidance and happiness of conscious beings - mankind and jinn - and the harmony of existence. Therefore, he lived not for himself but for others; he is a mercy for all the worlds.
“Indeed, in this [Quran] is notification for a worshipping people. And We have not sent you, [O Muhammed], except as a mercy to the worlds.” [Quran: 21:106-107]