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Principle of Mercy and Blessings-Love and Affection

The holy prophet (PBUH) was just like a kind father to the people and even show his affections toward them more that a kind father.

The mercy and Blessing as a Custom of the Honorable Prophet

The holy prophet has reached to such a stage that he was all the human beings. He used to see all the creatures with mercy and affection and behave with them on the base of this valuable principle. Therefore, God, the almighty, has introduced   the   blessings   of   honorable   prophet   as comprehensive and inclusive of all. “And we have not sent you but as a mercy to the worlds.”‌

The messenger of God was perfect manifestation of Divine' mercies and blessings, and he himself also used to mention this point.

His existence was a great mercy to the worlds, and all of his attributes were mercy for the people.The mercy and affections were essential elements of his character and conduct. It has been reported by Imam Ali (A.S), as he was asked about the traditions and conduct of the holy prophet, at this he said:

“The love and affection are the essential elements of his character”‌.

The love and affection were manifested in the conduct and character of the holy prophet as he was of Divine in all of his aspects. He was filled of the friendship of God, the Almighty, and he used to look with a mercy to the entire world as it is a creation and signs of his adored one. Imam Khomeini has recorded in this regard as following:

The greatest stage is that the intelligence become blessed with Divine's color, and sense of love reach to absolute Divine's perfection that he performs each of his actions for his devotion to God, the Almighty, and he sees at each of object as creation and sign of his adored one.

Of course, this stage is not made accessible to none except of the honorable prophet, the mercy to the world; even he used to have a mercy look to the stones as it were the sign of his devoted and much-loved one. He had the same look even at Abujahl and it could be said that the murder of Abujahl had also taken place due to mercy as if he had remained alive, there could nothing be exceeded except of the spiritual losses. In addition to this, he used to observe the affairs and rights. If there exist notorious member among them, it is the holy prophet  who  acts  there  in  implementing  the  penalties according to the law… he is mercy to the worlds.

It has been narrated:

“The honorable prophet used to show the greatest love toward people”‌The messenger of mercy and justice used to observe the same principle in behaving the believer and disbeliever, the Muslim and the pagan, and he intended the guidance and salvation for all. Imam Khomeini said in this regard:

“The holy prophet of Islam was not only merciful and well-wisher to the believers, but also for the disbelievers. He would become worried if the disbelievers had remained in their disbelief. This disbelief could cause to remain them in hell fire. He used to show his mercifulness even to them. He used to invite them so they can get rid of and find the disbelievers and sinful people a way to the salvation.”‌

The honorable prophet was well wisher to all. If he was forced to a battle or defense, he just came to battlefield due to  his  mercies,  love  and  affections.  Even  in  such circumstances, he aimed at nothing except to guide and show the way to guidance for the people.

The holy prophet used to run and manage the society with his love and affections. This factor leads the people toward perfection. Imam Khomeini (R.A) says in this regard:

“Qur'anic chapter of at-Tuba which is surah of wrath, God, the Almighty, here at the end of surah, addresses his prophet with mercy in following way:

“Certainly, a messenger has come to you among yourselves; grievous to him is your falling in to distress, excessively solicitous respecting you; to the believers (he is) a compassionate”?.

The honorable prophet has been assigned to the people and he is among of themselves. He shows a great love and affection to the people. He become grievous if he sees them falling in to distress.


The Mercies and Affections of the Honorable Prophet for All

The ignorance and oppression of people made the holy prophet much worried. He used to become sad if the people were not lead to the guidance. He wanted to show the way of salvation and guidance to all the people.

The holy prophet said:

“None of the prophets had been given as much torture as I was given.”‌‌

“The prophet used to become sad and grievous as they believed  that  why  the  people  should  think  themselves independent, and do work only for themselves for their carnal desires and spread corruption. The prophets used to show their love toward the people and this saying by the holy prophet of Islam that none of the prophets had been give as much torture as I was given; it may define the great epistemology of the honorable prophet because others did not have such a great status as of the holy prophet. He used to become more grievous if he heard that the sins and disobedience of God has taken place. This grievousness was not for the reason that those people were his relatives, or it was his city but he was supposed to become grievous if oppression had happened everywhere in the world.”‌‌

God, the Almighty, addresses his holy prophet as following:

“It seems as if you would kill yourself with grief, sorrowing for them, if they do not believe in this announcement”‌‌.

On the occasion of conquer of Mecca, the holy prophet forgave all of his enemies and said:

“Today, it is the day of mercy and blessing-love and affection”‌‌

The holy prophet said:

“I swear by God, mercy and blessing of God, the Almighty, includes only those ones who are compassionate”‌‌.


Behavior and Character of the Holy Prophet of Islam from Imam Khomeini's Viewpoint  

Written By: Mostafa Dilshad Tehrani 

Translator: Ali Shahbaz

Other Links:

The Principle of Devoting to Worship (part 1)

The Principle of Devoting to Worship (part 2)

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