The Prophetic Balance: Showing Compassion While Being Firm

Advice from Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

“We need the Prophetic balance. We need to show our children mercy, compassion and affection. Many people are deficient in this regard. At the same time we need to be firm and follow our guide, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. No-one can be compared to him in the mercy and affection he showed to children generally and to al-Hasan and al-Husayn specifically. He was very gentle to al-Hasan but when he began eating a date which had been given in zakat, the Prophet forcibly removed it from his mouth. He did not say: “He is only a young child and it is only one date.” Rather he showed compassion while at the same time being firm.”

 

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