In Chapter No.5 of the Qur’an, part of Jesus’s story is told as a parable for those who are truthful and faithful. Allah tells us that on the judgement day, He shall bring Jesus P.B.U.H. forth ahead in front of his people, and He shall ask him, “O Jesus, son of Mary, did you tell your people, ‘Take me and my mother as gods besides Allah?’ “ Jesus P.B.U.H. will then respond saying, “Glory be to you! It was not for me to say what I have no right to say. Had I said such a thing, you would have surely known it. You even know what I conceal inside my heart, but I know not what You conceal; verily, You, only You, know the unseen. Never did I say to them except that which You commanded me to say, ‘Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.’ And I was a witness to what they did for as long as I dwelt among them, but when You took me up, You were the Watcher over them, and You are a Witness over all matters. If You punish them, they are Your servants, and if You forgive them, verily You, only You, are the All-Mighty, All-Wise.“ [The Qur’an, (5:116-118)].
Whether you are a Muslim or a non-Muslim, and no matter how you believe in Jesus P.B.U.H., if you ponder over his brilliant response, and the words with which he ended it, you can’t but admire his eloquence and great sense of sympathy for his people, all his people, those who followed his teachings, and those who might have gone astray. His great knowledge, magnificent sympathy, and overwhelming faith, made him end his response by invoking upon his Lord’s mercy for them all.
That was exactly what Prophet Muhammad understood when the previous verses were revealed to him. One of his famous companions whose name was Abu-Dhar reported that one night he saw the prophet standing in prayers alone inside the mosque, so he approached and joined him, and the prophet continued to pray that whole night repeating the last words written in bold up there from Jesus’s response. Abu-Dhar said that he kept on repeating it whenever he bowed, prostrated, or stood up, with tears soaking his face and beard. When he asked the prophet the next day about that, the prophet said, “I was praying for the sinners of my nation, and asking my Lord to forgive them on the judgement day.” [Recorded by Ibn Mājah, and authenticated by Al-Hākem].
The sense of sympathy which those two mighty teachers had was an inseparable part of their faith and their teachings. Unfortunately, when I watch vids on YouTube today, and see some Muslims claiming that Irma is the wrath of Allah on Americans, and other vids in which some Christians say that the massacres in Burma, destruction of Syria, or even the invasion of Iraq are the wrath of God on Muslims, I can’t but become more than convinced that those idiots worship a totally different God from the one Jesus and Muhammad worshiped and taught their followers to worship. The God of Jesus and Muhammad is one of sympathy a gazillion times more than He is one of wrath.
All people face tribulations every now and then, that’s not the wrath of Allah, or else one may say that the tribulations which Jesus, Muhammad, all prophets, and faithful believers throughout the ages, faced and are still facing are the wrath of Allah on them, which absolutely wouldn’t make any sense. Tribulations are tests, if one shows patience and perseverance till they pass, he will become stronger and more experienced in life, and might hopefully rejoice with Allah’s bounty in the hereafter. As for who deserves Allah’s wrath, and who doesn’t, this is a matter that only Allah gets to decide, not you, not me, or anyone else.
Lady ‘Āʾishah reported that the prophet taught her: “O ‘Āʾishah, always show gentleness, for if gentleness is found in any matter, it beautifies it, and if it is absent from any matter, it spoils it.” [Recorded by Abu-Dāwud].
And he also said: “He who is not merciful to others, will not be treated mercifully (on the judgment day).” [Recorded by Bukhari].
“Be merciful to those on earth, and you shall receive mercy by the One above the heavens.” [Recorded by Tirmidhī].
This was the kind of sympathy the prophet wished that all Muslims would live adhering to. He taught us that when Allah started all creation, He took it upon Himself to always make His mercy prevail above His wrath. If you sincerely worship such a sympathizing God, and claim to follow such sympathizing messengers, then you should really try to be endowed with a pinch of their attributes, or else, you are a hypocrite.
Written By: Ehab Shawky