As Muslims we are taught to love our holy Prophet (ﷺ) more than anyone, but do we know how much he loved us? Do we know about his great compassion? Here are some Quranic verses and hadiths about his love and compassion for us and others.

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  1. He is full of concern for us:

There has come to you a Messenger from among yourselves. Grievous to him is what you suffer; full of concern for you, to the believers kind and compassionate. (Holy Quran 9:128)

  1. He prayed for us in every salah:

A’ishah narrates “Once, when I saw the Prophet in a good mood, I said to him: “O Messenger of Allah! Supplicate to Allah for me!” So, he said: “O Allah! Forgive ‘A’ishah her past sins and her future sins, the sins which she has hidden and the sins which have been made apparent.”

So I began smiling, to the point that my head fell into the lap of the Messenger of Allah out of joy.

The Messenger of Allah said to me: “Does my supplication make you happy?” I replied: “And how can your supplication not make me happy?”

He then said: “By Allah, it is the supplication that I make for my Ummah in every prayer.”

(Al Bazzaar, Hasan)

  1. He saved his final dua for us:

“Allah has given one Dua to every single prophet and every single messenger, that He has guaranteed that He will respond to. And every single prophet has used up this Dua for himself in this world, except for me. I have saved it and I have not used it and I will not use it in this life. I have kept it for my Ummah and I will use it for them on the Day of Judgement. And my Dua will be, O Allah, forgive my entire Ummah. (Sahih Muslim)

  1. He wanted to meet us:

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “I wish I could meet my brothers.” The Prophet’s companions said, “Are we not your brothers?” The Prophet said, “You are my companions, but my brothers are those who have faith in me although they never saw me.” (Musnad Aḥmad 12169)

  1. He did not want Islam to be too difficult for us:

Had I not found it difficult for my followers, I would have ordered them to cleanse their teeth before every prayer.” (Bukhari)

The Messenger of Allah observed Taraweeh prayer in the Masjid one night and people prayed with him. He repeated the following night and the number of participants grew. The companions congregated the third and fourth night, but the Messenger did not show up. In the morning he told them, “I saw what you did last night, but nothing prevented me from joining you except my fear that it might be made mandatory on you in Ramadan.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

When the Prophet sent any of his companions on a mission, he would say, “Cheer the people, and inspire (them) not with aversion, and make (it) easy (for them), and make (it) not difficult (for them). (Bukhari and Muslim)

  1. He was sent as a mercy to all the worlds:

We have not sent you (O Muhammad) except as a mercy to all the worlds. (Holy Quran 21:107)

Zayd ibn Haritha was surprised to hear the Prophet praying for the people who were cursing and throwing stones at him. He asked, “O Messenger of Allah! They subject you to torture, but you still pray for them?” The Prophet said, “What else can I do? I am sent for mercy, not for wrath.” (Muslim, Birr)

  1. He felt compassion for others’ suffering:

One day, when the Prophet was sitting in Medina, members of a miserable tribe came. They had no shoes. Their skin was stuck to their bones because of hunger. The Prophet became very sad upon seeing their condition and his color changed. He had Bilal give the call to prayer and gathered his companions. From his companions, he took up a collection for the tribe, generously helping them. (Muslim and Ahmad)

Once the Prophet saw a camel which was just skin and bones. He said to the owner of that camel, “Fear Allah for these speechless animals! Do not let them stay hungry!” (Abu Dawud)

After the Battle of Badr, prisoners of war were brought. Among them was al-Abbas. He did not have a shirt on, so the Prophet looked for a shirt for him. It turned out that a shirt of Abd Allah b. Ubayy was the right size, so the Prophet gave it to al-Abbas to wear and compensated Abdullah with his own shirt. (Bukhari)

“I start the prayer with the intention of lengthening it, but when I hear a child crying, I shorten the prayer, as I know his mother would suffer from his screams!” (Bukhari)

Once a lender and a debtor came to the Prophet to seek his help in resolving their conflict. The debtor was unable to pay back the lender on time. The Prophet offered the cotton sheet that he used to cover his lower body as payment for the debt. The lender accepted. The Prophet wrapped the lower part of his body with the cloth of his turban and gave the lender the cotton sheet. The lender went home pleased. (Musnad Ahmad Volume III)

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