Ar-Rafīq (The Kind)

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

‘Ā’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) reported: “A group of Jews went to the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him). As they entered, they said: ‘As-sām (death) be upon you.’ I grasped it and said: ‘May As-sām and curse be upon you!’

Thereupon, the Prophet (may Allah’s peaceand blessings be upon him) said: ‘Take it easy, O ‘Ā’ishah! Indeed, Allah loves kindness in all affairs.’ I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, have you not heard what they said?’

He said:

‘I have replied: And upon you.’”

[Narrated by Al - Bukhāri - this is his wor ding - and Muslim] [Narrated by Al - Bukhāri - this is his wording - and Muslim]

He used to pardon wrongdoing so much as if he did not see any evil from people.

It is Allah Almighty, the Kind, Who endowed the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) with such great kindness. Our Lord removes grief and distress, cures the sick, restores freedom to captives, returns the absent, and consoles the broken-hearted.

The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is authentically reported to have said:

“Indeed, Allah is Kind and loves kindness.”

[Narrated by Al - Bukhāri and Muslim]

Our Lord, Exalted be He, is Kind in His decrees, predestination, and actions.

He is Kind in His commands, rulings, religion, and Shariah.

Out of His kindness and wisdom in His actions, He created all creatures in a gradual manner, even though He is Able to create them all at once in one instant.

Our Lord is Kind in His Shariah and in His commands and prohibitions. He does not charge His servants with things beyond their capacity, nor does He impose difficult obligations on them; rather, He gives them dispensations, out of kindness and mercy towards them. Also, He did not prescribe the duties on them all at once. Rather, He prescribed them gradually from one condition to another, so that people could get familiar with and accustomed to these obligations.

Out of His kindness, He gives respite to sinners and does not hasten to punish them so that they can repent and return to Him.

Another aspect of Allah’s kindness is that He facilitates all means to goodness, most notably making it easy to memorize and understand His Book.

{We have certainly made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember; is there anyone to take heed?}

[Surat al -Qamar: 17]

He is the Kind and He loves His kind servants, and He gives them security on account of their kindness.

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