THE MOST MERCIFUL TOWARDS THE SINNERS
The mercy of the Prophet encompasses all people, even those who are sinners. This mercy will become most perceptible on the Day of Judgement when God will judge all of humanity for their actions and give people their just recompense for their actions. On that day, the justice of God will be dominant and there will be no chance of escape from His wrath and punishment. The whole of humanity will be in trouble that day and will look towards Prophet Muhammad to be their intercessor to save them from the punishment. Many will be saved from the Hellfire through the intercession of the Prophet Muhammad and many will be taken out of the Hellfire on account of it. The Prophet will intercede for all the sinners until the last of them are freed from the fire of Hell.¹
Concerning this intercession, the esteemed Prophet said, “My intercession is for the sinners of my nation.”² Giving details about this intercession, he said, “I was given an option between intercession and half of my nation entering Paradise, and I chose the intercession because it is more encompassing. Do you think the intercession is for the pious and righteous? No, in fact it is for the sinners and the wrongdoers.” This illuminating explanation shows the mercy of the Prophet Muhammad that by being ‘God’s Beloved’ and a ‘Mercy for all mankind’, he will redeem the sinners from the divine wrath and punishment. Through his intercession, he extended this mercy to those who are in dire need without the need for a blood sacrifice. This reality demonstrates the purity of Islam’s doctrine of salvation and the encompassing mercy of Prophet Muhammad
I Set forth by al-Bukhārī in al-Ṣaḥīḥ, 6:2695-2696 $6975. Muslim in al-Ṣaḥīḥ, 1:180 S193.
2 Set forth by Aḥmad b. Hanbal in al-Musnad, 3:213 S13245. •al-Tirmidhi in al-Sunan, 4:625 $2436.
● 3 Set forth by Aḥmad b. Hanbal in al-Musnad, 2:75 $5452. Ibn Abi ‘Āṣim in al-Sunna, 2:368 $791.