Friday Sermon 24 January 2003.
Allah has certainly turned to the Prophet and the Emigrants and the Helpers who followed him in the hour of distress after the hearts of some of them had nearly wavered: He again turned to them as the Compassionate the Merciful. (The Holy Quran. al-Tauba [The Repentance]: 117). Several Ahadith [Traditions], illustrate the attribute of compassion through the blessed life of the Holy Prophet ?. Muslims were faced with severe heat during the expedition of Tabook, on request the Holy Prophet ? raised his hands to pray to Allah for rain and did not bring his hands down until dark clouds had gathered and it had begun to rain and his companions could quench themselves. He similarly prayed most fervently at Tabook for the left over food to be blessed and be plentiful for his famished companions and his prayer was accepted. The Holy Prophet ? enjoined that Allah is Compassionate to those who are compassionate to their fellow beings and Allah alleviates the need of one who alleviates the need of his brother. The Holy Prophet ? told of 3 characteristics that will ensure Allah's mercy and admittance to Paradise: kind-heartedness to the weak, love and affection for one's parents and being gracious with one's servant. Once, addressing people aloud, the Holy Prophet ? enjoined that those who had verbally become Muslims but faith had not really touched their hearts yet should not trouble and find fault with the Muslims for Allah would subsequently expose the faults of these very people who practiced this. The Holy Prophet ? instructed to treat one's servants with absolute parity in matters of food, clothing etc. as did he indeed enjoin to pay a labourer his dues before the sweat generated by his toil dries out. The Promised Messiah's (on whom be peace) was also of a compassionate nature. At times someone would fall asleep while massaging the Promised Messiah's (on whom be peace) feet at night and the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), oblivious of his own comfort, would instead let that person have a restful night's sleep [on the bed]. At times the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) would personally serve his companions with refreshments and at times use a hand held fan to cool them off, how he chose to accept the invitation to have a meal with a most impoverished and uneducated Ahmadi during his travels. In particular, the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) was most caring and compassionate to the sick and the ailing, he would personally visit them for long hours at a time and he enjoined that visiting ailing people was an act of faith.
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