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A Covenant of Mercy- Presented by a Muslim

Customizing Religions
By Shadiya Zahir
Teacher and Freelance Writer- Malaysia
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The Reforms

Conflicts arise when needs are not met. Once resolved, you will find that the landscape they were created in has changed. Sometimes the right means of resolving disputes is used and clashes bring about good changes. Lands are then bright with happy places, with satisfied peoples that have achieved their goals, improving life. These we could call reformations. The world is witnessing such a reform movement now in a number of countries.

While positive reforms are a long felt necessity we pay a hefty price for attempting to transform societies. This happens when calls for change are not peaceful. When they are violent, destructive, maiming, killing and take away security from the innocent.

The Innocent

In any conflict young ones are the truly innocent. These are they whom wars oppress and leave helpless. Some lose everything. Most bear scars. While we cry reform could we not also spare a thought for those who lose even their parents? After all, isn’t the righteous treatment of the innocent during conflicts a significant part of our treatise with our creator? During this Ramadan is it enough to simply empty our stomachs while our hearts are hard and our hands idle as the orphan suffers and grows in number?

“Rahma”

He who taught his followers how to get closer to God through Islam was sent as a mercy to the universe, says the Qur’an [21:107]. In his conduct do we not see act upon act of kindness and decency to the innocent, nay, was he not even compassionate towards his enemies? Ponder his bloodless victory march to Makkah and his treatment of Makkah’s ruler Abu Sufiyan. Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a reformer of those whose hearts and hands went so far as to notoriously bury children alive.

To emulate the Prophet during the present reforms centuries later is a devotion we could bring back to life as the revolution by the people of Egypt taught us this year. It is part of our covenant with our Creator that we show compassion even as we fight for our due rights.

The Qur’an teaches the orphaned and illiterate Muhammad (peace be upon him):” We sent thee not, but as a mercy for all creatures.” [Surah 21 Al Anbiya (The Prophets) verse 107].

So should we consider ourselves reminded as vicegerents of God on earth? For doesn’t being a follower of the Prophet involve being an emulator of all actions of God’s beloved? Let your mind be enlightened, your heart soft and your hand busy in the ways of the last messenger, give what you can. It could be a charitable thought, wish or donation.

The author speaks about mercy in Islam as she touches and witnesses. What about you? How do you find mercy in our religion? What lessons do have you learnt from your Prophet?

 

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