Being compassionate is our Deen
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says, “You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Maruf (i.e. all that Islam has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (all that Islam has forbidden), and you believe in Allah.” (Aal-Imran 3:110).
This means a believer is not selfish. He is not just concerned about his Hereafter but also encourages others to do good and stops them from committing wrong. Similarly, a believer does not make fun of someone who is going through a trial; it is a trait of an enemy to laugh at someone’s misery.
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says, “If a good befalls you, it grieves them, but if some evil overtakes you, they rejoice at it. But if you remain patient and become Al-Muttaqun, not the least harm will their cunning do to you. Surely, Allah surrounds all that they do.,” (Aal-Imran 3:120).
Consequences of Defiance
One who follows the commands of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will attain peace in this life and the next. On the contrary, the one who finds flaws in Allah’s subhanahu wa ta’ala system can never live in peace in this life, and in the next he will face torment. This is what Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala talks about in the ayah right after this, “And whosoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad (as), and transgresses His limits, He will cast him into the Fire, to abide therein; and he shall have a disgraceful torment.” (An-Nisa 4:14)
By warning us of the consequences, it is clear that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala wants the best for us. Let’s understand this through an example. A mother tells her children to do something and at the same time tells the repercussions of not following her instructions. She tells them, “If you do this I will give you such-and-such gift, but if you don’t do this, then watch out.” The mother does not want to hurt her children; however, it is in their best interests that she warns them beforehand. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala wants the best for us. He does not want us to suffer in this life or the next; therefore He has explained us the repercussions of not following His commands beforehand. May He allow us to surrender to His commands. Ameen.