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The Sealed Nectar

 The Sealed Nectar by Shaykh Safi ur-Rahman

Mercy toward His Enemies
The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) was a mercy for all humanity. Allah(Almighty) described him as such, saying:
"And We did not send you [O Muhammad] but as a mercy to the worlds." (21:107)
And the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) himself said, "Indeed, I was sent as a mercy." (Muslim)
His mercy (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) was a general mercy which included the believer and the non-believer. When Tufayl ibn `Amr ad-Dausi (may Allah be pleased with them) gave up hope on the guidance of his tribe he went to the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) and said, "O Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him), the tribe of Daus has disobeyed and refused so supplicate to Allah(Almighty) against them." The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) faced the Qiblah and raised his hands, and the people were certain that Daus would be destroyed when he supplicated against them. But the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) of mercy only said,
"O Allah, guide Daus and bring them [to Islam]." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
He (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) supplicated for their guidance and not for their punishment or destruction because he (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) only wished good for people and hoped for their success and salvation.
The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) went to Taif to invite its people to Islam but they met him with denial and ridicule and encouraged street boys to throw stones at him until his feet bled. His wife, `A'ishah, related what happened after that: "I asked the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) if he ever had a day more difficult than that of the battle of Uhud. He (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) said,
'I endured much from your people, and the worst I endured from them was the day of al-`Aqabah when I offered myself to Ibn `Abdi Ya Layl ibn `Abdi Kulal. He did not respond as I had wished, so I left, absorbed in my worries, and did not come around until I had reached Qarn ath-Tha`alib. I raised my head and found that a cloud had shaded me; I looked and there was Jibreel within it. He called to me, "Indeed, Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, has heard what your people say to you and how they respond to you. He has sent you the angel of the mountains, so order him to do whatever you wish to them." The angel of the mountains addressed me, saying, "O Muhammad! Indeed, Allah has heard what your people say to you and how they respond to you. I am the angel of the mountains and Allah has sent me to you to order me to do whatever you wish. If you wish, I will crush them between the two mountains." But the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) replied, "Rather, I hope that Allah will bring forth from their loins those who will worship Allah alone without any partner and not associate anything with Him." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
This was the mercy which enabled the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) to forget his bleeding wounds and broken heart, only thinking of how to bring good to those people and bring them out from darkness into the light and guide them to the straight path.
And when the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) conquered Makkah, entering it with ten thousand warriors, Allah(Almighty) gave him the decision concerning those who had abused and persecuted him, plotted his assassination, expelled him from his homeland, killed his companions and tortured them because of their religion. One of his companions said, "Today is a day of massacre." But the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) said,
"No, but today is a day of mercy."
Then he (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) went before the defeated people whose eyes were wide with fear and whose hearts were trembling, waiting to see what the victorious conqueror would do with them. Their own custom was that of betrayal, vengeance and mutilation of those killed, as they had done to the Muslims in the battle of Uhud and elsewhere. But the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) said to them,
"O Quraysh, what do you suppose I should do with you?"
They replied, "What is good. You are a generous brother and the son of a generous brother." The Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) replied, "Go, for you are free." They felt as if they had been retrieved from their graves.
Such an all-inclusive pardon was the result of mercy in the Prophet's (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) heart, which was so great that it included those enemies who had harmed him and his companions most. If not for his mercy such a pardon could not have occurred. How true were the words of the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah upon him) when he said,
"I am but a bestowed mercy." (Al-Hakim)

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