This paper examines the role of mercy in the Islamic tradition and eternal salvation, and its imprint on all affairs of the universe. Although Islam is often proclaimed as the ‘religion of peace,’ theologically, it is more accurate to refer to it as the ‘religion of mercy.’
God has designated mercy as his primary relation to the universe and sent his greatest prophet, Muhammad, as its emissary.
Following this, Muslims are commanded to be vanguards of mercy to the world in fostering benefit and averting harm. Islam enjoins a healthy and spiritually alive heart and teaches a law of universal reciprocity by which God shows mercy to the merciful and withholds it from the unmerciful.
The Prophet Muhammad said:
"People who show mercy to others will be shown mercy from the All-Merciful. Be merciful to those on earth and He who is in the heaven will be merciful to you."
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