Showing mercy to the masses and all of mankind is part of Iman

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

لن تؤمنوا حتى تراحموا. قالوا يا رسول الله كلنا رحيم؟ قال: إنه ليس برحمة أحدكم صاحبه، ولكنها رحمة العامة

 

Answer

Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Musa Al Ash’ari (radiyallahu ‘anhu). ‘Allamah Mundhiri and ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahumallah) have declared the narrators credible (رواة/رجال الصحيح)

Sayyiduna Abu Musa Al Ash’ari (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said that he heard Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saying: “You have not [truly] believed until you show mercy to one another. They [The Sahabah radiyallahu ‘anhum] replied, “O Messenger of Allah! We are all merciful?” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “[I am not referring to] the mercy you show to your companion, rather [I am referring to] showing mercy to the masses.”

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir; Refer: Targhib, vol. 3 pg. 201 and Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 8 pg. 186-187. Also see: Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 168/169 )

 

Also see here.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar