Hadith on Children: Mercy towards Children in Islam

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 5997
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) kissed Al-Hasan bin `Ali while Al-Aqra’ bin H`Abis at-Tamim was sitting beside him. Al-Aqra said, “I have ten children and I have never kissed anyone of them,” Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) cast a look at him and said, “Whoever is not merciful to others will not be treated mercifully.”

  • The meaning of this hadith is that showing kindness, affection, and mercy to others, especially to children and family members, is a highly regarded value in Islam. The Prophet’s act of kissing his grandson, which was an expression of love and affection, is seen as an example to follow. On the other hand, the man’s admission that he had never kissed his own children was an indication of his lack of compassion and mercy towards them. The Prophet’s response is a reminder that those who are not kind and merciful to others will not receive kindness and mercy from Allah.