Hadith on Mercy: The Prophet’s Mercy and Concern for Guiding All People

📖Sahih Bukhari 3231
Narrated `Aisha: That she asked the Prophet (ﷺ) , ‘Have you encountered a day harder than the day of the battle) of Uhud?” The Prophet (ﷺ) replied, “Your tribes have troubled me a lot, and the worse trouble was the trouble on the day of ‘Aqaba when I presented myself to Ibn `Abd-Yalail bin `Abd-Kulal and he did not respond to my demand. So I departed, overwhelmed with excessive sorrow, and proceeded on, and could not relax till I found myself at Qarnath-Tha-alib where I lifted my head towards the sky to see a cloud shading me unexpectedly. I looked up and saw Gabriel in it. He called me saying, ‘Allah has heard your people’s saying to you, and what they have replied back to you, Allah has sent the Angel of the Mountains to you so that you may order him to do whatever you wish to these people.’ The Angel of the Mountains called and greeted me, and then said, “O Muhammad! Order what you wish. If you like, I will let Al-Akh-Shabain (i.e. two mountains) fall on them.” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “No but I hope that Allah will let them beget children who will worship Allah Alone, and will worship None besides Him.”

  • This is a narration from Aisha, one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). She asked the Prophet if he had ever experienced a day more difficult than the Battle of Uhud. The Prophet replied that the most difficult day for him was when he presented himself to a tribe called Banu Abd Yalail bin Abd Kulal in a place called Aqaba and asked them to accept Islam, but they rejected him. He was deeply saddened by their rejection and left Aqaba feeling overwhelmed with sorrow. He continued on his journey until he reached a place called Qarnath-Tha-alib, where he looked up and saw the Angel Gabriel in a cloud. Gabriel informed him that Allah had heard the people’s rejection of his message, and had sent the Angel of the Mountains to give him whatever he wished. The Angel of the Mountains offered to destroy the tribe that rejected him, but the Prophet refused and instead asked for Allah to guide their children to worship Him alone. This narration shows the Prophet’s patience, mercy, and concern for the guidance of all people, even those who had rejected him.