Ramadan Day 5- Relationship with others

“No religion is higher than a human being,” says Abdul Sattar Edhi. I wanted to use this picture primarily to introduce you to someone who is an extraordinary person. When we think about helping others, usually Mother Teresa comes to mind. But for millions of people in Pakistan its Abdul Satter Edhi, a man who is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. Read more about this extraordinary man who gave up a very lucrative business in order to help the poor and destitute of Pakistan- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8440920/The-day-I-met-Abdul-Sattar-Edhi-a-living-saint.html

So the whole mercy toward others thing is something I don’t think I need to jump into to much.  As toddlers we are taught how to relate with one another, from the very first concept of “sharing” our toys with others to the more complex concept we learn later in school about stereotypes and racism affecting our perception and interaction with others.  Here’s just limited sampling of what can be found in Islam:

“Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.” (Muslim)

“Whoever is kind, Allah will be kind to him; therefore be kind to man on the earth. He Who is in heaven will show mercy on you.”(Abu Daud: Tirmidhi)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah will show mercy to those who show mercy to people. Show mercy to those who are on earth – the One Who is in Heaven will show mercy to you.”

“You will not enter paradise until you have faith; and you will not complete your faith till you love one another.” (Muslim)

On the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas RA, the Messenger SAW said: “Allah has pardoned for me my people for their mistakes and their forgetfulness and for what they have done under duress.”

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