Mercy and Humanity Before Religion


The rights of a human being are a sensitive matter. It is crucial to understand the God-given rights of a person so that of high we may act accordingly for the sake of humanity. Thus let us explore this topic through the eyes of our spiritual leader and father: Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip).


Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) once posed an intriguing question to everyone:

“How are you, my sons and daughters? I ask Allah that you are well. A question to everybody. If a disbelieving atheist came to you asking for water for him and his son, and at the same time a Muslim believer in God came to you asking for water for himself, and you only have one cup of water, whom would you give it to?” One of the believers answered: “To the atheist so that it might be a reason for him to believe in God”. So the Imam said: “Ok, thank you, my son”, another believer answered: “To the atheist so that we may show him the characteristics of God”, so he (pbuh) said: “Thank you my son”. Then another believer answered: “I will give the cup to the young son of the atheist, and the rest of the water in the cup will be for his father”. So the Imam (pbuh) continued: “You have done well. Mercy, away from religion and Islam and convictions, mercy first, whether he is a believer or not, it does not matter. Mercy, humanity, ya Allah, mercy, humanity, far away from religion. Do not think whether he is a believer or whether he will be affected by your deed, think of mercy first”.

Sayings of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (PBUH), p.26-27, hadith 35

Just as Imam Ali (pbuh) taught that people are of two types: Either brothers and sisters in faith or equals in humanity, the true teachers of God’s religion have always emphasised the humane treatment of all, above all else. 

Mercy and forgiveness amongst the congregation of believers are also of the utmost importance.  Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) said:

“The best with me among you is the one who puts himself last for the sake of his brother. Whoever erases himself with the people is the best with me amongst you and the most pious of you. I ask of you that when one of you is upset with the other, he says to his brother: “I apologise to myself and you are my self” What beautiful words these are, and how pious…words that make the rock crumble and the iron melt.”

Sayings of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (PBUH), p.36, hadith 66


Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) said: “Without love, there is no life.” We believe that love was at the heart of the act of creation. God created us out of love. Without it, creation could not continue to exist for every breath we are allowed to take is an act of Love. Love is the main pillar of this religion and every divine religion. Love for your brother what you love for yourself. Love thy neighbour. Love for the other causes the universe to exist. We, the Ansar of Imam Al-Mahdi (pbuhahf), are taught to love humanity, regardless of race, nationality, and belief. A true believer in God loves everyone, even the atheist and non-believers. Love conquers all.

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