Yesterday at the Khutbah in the MCA in Santa Clara, Shaykh Alauddin El-Bakri once again gave a beautiful and inspiring sermon. His theme was Compassion and Mercy and he shared how in the Quran with the exception of one chapter, every one of the 114 Surahs start with “I begin in the name of God, the Compassionate the Merciful.” He mentioned that besides His 99 names and qualities God has many others that we do not know off. However, the most oft repeated in the Quran are Ar-Rahman (Compassionate) and Ar-Raheem (Merciful). He mentioned that in the Quran Allah says that the Prophet (PBUH) was sent as a mercy to all mankind and that even with all the oppression in Mecca directed towards the Muslims, he did not allow for Muslims to use violence against their oppressors.
He also spoke about the formula for success about enjoining the good and forbidding the evil, by not lying, cheating, backbiting, committing adultery, stealing,…
As always I wish I could have recorded his Khutbah, but it just distilled for me the importance for showing and practicing Compassion and Mercy with everyone and everything we come into contact with, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, the random people we meet, animals, and the environment.