Just want to share a reminder that has inspired me today during sister's halaqah insyaAllah. Here goes...
An authentic Hadith related by Al-Bukhari mentions that a small group of Jews came to the Prophet and deliberately twisted their tongues so as to pronounce the greeting word, "salam" (which means peace) as "saam" (which means death). Aishah, the Prophet’s wife who was present at the time, says: "I understood what they said and replied, ‘death and curses be to you’." The Prophet said to her: "Take it easy, Aishah. God loves care to be shown in all dealings." Aishah said: "Messenger of God! Have you not heard what they said?" He answered: "Yes, and I only said in reply, ‘And to you’."
Another authentic Hadith also reported by Aishah quotes the Prophet as saying:
"God is caring and loves those who are caring. Indeed, He gives for care rewards that He does not give for violence."(Related by Muslim).
Abu Al-Dardaa’ quotes the Prophet as saying:
"Whoever is given a share of caring has been given his share of goodness, and whoever is uncaring has been deprived of a share of goodness." (Related by al-Tirmitzi)
Caring, as it relates to kindness in education and upbringing, is a highly important Islamic principle that is not confined to the relationship between adults and the children in their care. Indeed it permeates all areas so as to include kindness to all people. Our beloved Prophet himself, the supreme educator, has shown us numerous examples of care, kindness and gentility. His behavior and his education were characterized by pure care and kindness in all situations. In this way, he was able to bring about the first generation of Muslims, whose men and women presented the light and guidance of Islam to the whole world subhanallah walhamdulillah Allahuakbar!
But the reality now is...
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~Leo F.B.
"I am a traveler seeking the truth, a human searching for the meaning of humanity and a citizen seeking dignity, freedom, stability and welfare under the shade of Islam. I am a free man who is aware of the purpose of his existence and who proclaims: “Truly, my prayer and my sacrifice, my living and my dying are all for Allah, the Lord of the worlds; no partner has He. This, am I commanded and I am of those who submit to His Will.” This is who I am. Who are you?