Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy

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  • Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy


    16. If this
    is the truth,
    rain down upon us
    stones from the sky!

    In straying from truth instead of praying for guidance, the disbelievers
    of Quraish defiantly called down damnation upon themselves, preferring it to
    being guided aright.

    Abu Jahl said: O
    Allah! If this (the Qur’an) is indeed the truth (revealed) from You, rain down
    upon us stones from the sky or bring us a painful torment

    In response, Allah U
    revealed1: (But Allah would not punish them while you
    (O Muhammad) are among them, and Allah would not punish them while they seek

    Although they deserved the damnation and punishment they called
    for, Allah U
    did not bring them down upon them. He U has given respite as long
    as the mercy He has sent continues to survive among people, in person during
    the Prophet’s life, and in principles and practice after his death (the Qur’an
    and Sunnah).

    In the past, the disbelieving nations who rejected their
    prophets and remained corrupt were totally destroyed. From the time of Prophet
    Muhammad r
    until the end of this world, humanity is protected from total destruction, even
    if they are corrupt, and even if they do not believe.

    Allah has sent Prophet Muhammad r as a mercy for all of humanity,
    whether they believe or disbelieve. Anyone who believes in him will attain
    mercy in this life and in the hereafter, whereas people who choose not to
    believe in him will be saved from suffering the fate of total destruction in
    this world, as happened in the past to the disbelieving nations of Nuh (Noah r),
    Lut (Lot r),
    and Pharaoh:

    (And Nuh’s (Noah) people, when they denied the
    Messengers We drowned them, and We made them as a sign for mankind.

    (And We made the highest part (of Sodom) its lowest and rained upon them stones
    of fire-baked clay.

    belied the Signs
    of their Lord,
    so We destroyed them for their sins, and We drowned the people of Pharaoh. They
    were all wrongdoers

    (Such is the Seizure of your Lord when He seizes the
    towns while they are doing wrong. Verily, His Seizure is painful and severe

    They will be saved from this fate out of
    the Mercifulness of Allah
    U towards existing
    But the pagans of Makkah did not appreciate the magnitude of this mercy, nor were
    they grateful. Instead, they invoked Allah to hasten their share of punishment:
    they say, “Our Lord, hasten for us our share (of the punishment) before the Day
    of Reckoning!”

    1 Narrated by Anas bin Malik:
    Sahih Al-Bukhary, Book of Tafsir Al-Qur
    an, Hadith no. 4281;
    similar versions of the Hadith are also reported by Al-Bukhary (4282) and
    Muslim (5004).

    meanings of Al-Anfal 8: 33.

    meanings of Al-Furqan 25: 37.

    meanings of Al-Hijr 15: 74.

    5 Translated
    meanings of Al-Anfal 8: 54.

    meanings of Hud 11: 102.

    7 Translated meanings of Sad 38: 16.


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