At this time of the year, when we’re all brought closer to Allah subhana wa ta’ala, it is fitting that the first ten days of Ramadan are about mercy. Jarir bin Abdullah radhyAllahu anhu narrated, “Allah’s Apostle said Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to mankind.” (Bukhari) This hadith is particularly striking when read with this ayah, “Say: O My servants who have transgressed against their own souls, despair not of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Quran, 39:53) This highlights how important it is for Muslims to be merciful.
Being merciful entails showing acts of kindness, realizing how lucky we are to have what we have, alhamdulillah, and using our resources to act compassionately towards those who are not as blessed as ourselves. It’s not difficult to realize how fortunate we are, when all around the world people are dying from oppressive rulers, starvation, disease, and natural disasters.
For instance, let’s take a look at Pakistan. Not only was there the recent Airblue plane crash, which took the lives of all 152 passengers and crew members, but there have been over 90 deaths in Karachi due to political violence. The recent flooding in Pakistan is the worst they’ve had in nearly a century, with 1,600 casualties and the displacement of 14 million people. We must realize that a few days ago, these people were making preparations for Ramadan just like us, and now many of them have passed away, while those who survived have to deal with lost family members and washed away homes.
Whether you’re Pakistani or not, feel some mercy for those living in the harsh conditions over there. When you’re eating your lavish iftaars, think of those who do not have enough food for suhoor or iftaar.
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We shouldn’t undermine the strength and importance of du’a, so I strongly encourage you to make a dua of mercy for these people. May Allah subhana wa ta’ala have mercy on all of the victims of this tragedy and may He put mercy in our hearts so that we can help those who are in dire need of it.