ALLAH SAYS: “O SON OF ADAM, SO LONG AS YOU CALL UPON ME AND ASK OF ME, I SHALL FORGIVE YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, AND I SHALL NOT MIND. O SON OF ADAM, WERE YOUR SINS TO REACH THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY AND WERE YOU THEN TO ASK FORGIVENESS OF ME, I WOULD FORGIVE YOU. O SON OF ADAM, WERE YOU TO COME TO ME WITH SINS NEARLY AS GREAT AS THE EARTH AND WERE YOU THEN TO FACE ME, ASCRIBING NO PARTNER TO ME, I WOULD BRING YOU FORGIVENESS NEARLY AS GREAT AS IT.” [TIMIDHI]
One of the biggest mistakes that many of us make is believing that repentance is unobtainable. We may find ourselves doused in sins and scared to simply ask for forgiveness. However, one of the ninety-nine attributes of Allah (God) is being Ar-Rahman (The Merciful). Human-beings were created with free-will, thus having the ability to choose their decisions. And in these decisions, human-beings will sometimes sin because they are weak in the flesh. The Qur’an tells us that:
“God wants to lighten your burdens: for man has been created weak”-an-Nisa 4:28
As being individuals created in weakness, Allah has granted us his mercy. It was said by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that ” Allah divided mercy into one-hundred parts and He kept its ninety-nine parts with Him and sent down its one part on the earth, and because of that, its one single part, His creations are Merciful to each other, so that even the mare lifts up its hoofs away from its baby animal, lest it should trample on it.”
In many ways, we are granted mercy from the Most Divine and granted mercy by each other in this world. In Islam, rights are designated for everything and everyone within the world. Islam have guided the people in understanding the importance of being thankful and merciful to individuals and animals. The prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to the people”. So, in the brief time that we have on this Earth, we should spend our time with a lowered wing for others. Additionally, animals must be treated with the same kind of mercy that is directed towards human-beings. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not use anything in which there is a soul as a target” (Narrated by Muslim).
Islam offers individuals with endless mercy from the Creator, but the Creator also directs human-beings to treat all living-things with mercy. This beautiful concept of mercy is all-encompassing. One must remember that mercy should be extended to all beings upon the Earth in order to receive mercy from the Creator of all that is created.