Allah has clearly explained His objective of sending Prophet Muhammad as a messenger. Allah says in the Quran:
Which means: “And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” [Surah Al-Anbiyā’ (21), verse 107]
If we were to study this verse, we will find two very interesting points for Muslims to ponder on.
First: Allah has sent Prophet Muhammad to spread the message of Islam, which is meant to be a blessing to all.
Second: Prophet Muhammad himself was a message from Allah – he was a message of mercy to the universe.
Through these lessons, we are given a picture of how Rasulullah was the epitome of blessings and mercy, and wherever he went, he would always radiate peace and goodness.
Value of Mercy through Message of Islam
It is this value of mercy that shaped the lives of the companions (sahabah), the Tābi’īn and the Tabī’ Tābi’īn. We see them emulating this value when they brought the message of Islam to the various parts of the world. These are the people who strives hard and were diligent in ensuring that they were at the forefront of spreading noble values and principles to all of humankind. They thus rightfully deserve to be praised by Allah in the Quran, in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 143:
Which means: “And thus we have made you a just community that you will be witnesses over the people and the Messenger will be a witness over you.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2), verse 143]
Eagerness to do good, rushing to benefit others and constantly striving to be at the forefront in doing good deeds that can benefit not just Muslims but the entire universe, are all acts that are strongly encouraged in Islam. Rasulullah said:
Which means: “A believer (mukmin) will not be satisfied with his good deeds until he dies and is placed in heaven”. [Hadtih reported by Imam At-Tirmidzi]
There are many opportunities in doing good. Hence, Imam Nawawi in his book, Riyādh al-Sālihīn, dedicated a chapter entitled “The Chapter Explaining the Different Paths of Goodness”. In this chapter, he collated various hadiths that encourage Muslims to do good whether to humankind, animals, environment and so on. In line with that, Muslims today must be confident of the universal principles and values found in the Quran and Hadith. In fact, they should be leading efforts in doing good deeds wherever they go, especially when interacting with others.
Interacting with Others
When interacting with others, let us emulate the character of Rasulullah who was merciful and brought blessings to the universe. Let us be a Muslim community that is exemplary in our deeds and actions. Let us ensure that our speech and actions are gracious and respectful, and let us not allow for bad manners and demeanor to hide the beauty of the true teachings of Islam.
Let us make it a personal goal to radiate blessings and mercy to every single person who
interacts with us, no matter their religion or race. For example, it is our tradition to share our dishes with our neighbors – both Muslims and non-Muslims – and this should be a practice that we continue to uphold. Hopefully it will be a catalyst for lasting peace, understanding and mutual respect.
The world is currently witnessing too many sufferings and pain as a result of conflicts and wars. So let us pray to Allah to make us agents of peace. Seek from Allah that he places the key to peace in our hands, and in our future generations.