Friday sermon: Show mercy to others and it shall be returned to you

Today's sermon stresses that those who do not show mercy shall not be helped by Allah in the hereafter.

One who does not treat others with mercy or refuses to help them will not be helped by Allah in the hereafter — today’s worshippers will be told.

“The true believers are those who have mercy upon orphans, the poor and all creations,” says today’s sermon.

“Those who have mercy have been promised Allah’s mercy and satisfaction.”

As a hadith by prophet Mohammed says: “Be merciful to the people of the earth and the One above the heavens will be merciful to you.”

And Allah has warned those who do not show mercy to others that they will be deprived of his mercy.

Another hadith inspired to prophet Mohammed says Allah will say on the day of resurrection: “O son of Adam, I asked food from you but you did not feed Me.

He would submit: “My Lord, how could I feed You because You are the Lord of the worlds?”

He said: “Did not you remember that such and such servant of Mine begged food from you but you declined to feed him. You must be aware (of this fact) that if you had fed him, you would have found it’s reward from Me. (The Lord would again say): O’ son of Adam, I asked water from you but you did not give it to Me.”

He would say: “My Lord how could I provide you (water) because you are the Lord of the worlds?”

Thereupon He would say: “Such and such of my servant asked you for water to drink but you did not provide him with water.

“Behold! You must be aware (of this fact) that had you provided him (water), you would have found its reward from me.”

The sermon points out ways for people to have mercy, such as feeding the poor, being kind to orphans and children, honouring one’s parents, keeping ties with relatives and helping a person in despair.

hdajani@thenational.ae

Published: January 15, 2015 04:00 AM

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