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Posted On: 29 August 2009 02:56 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Islam: religion of mercy

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A Doha-based Islamic scholar believes that the recent economic recession in the West is a result of “lack of mercy in their business dealings” with other nations. Addressing a gathering at the first discussion organised by Friends of the Environment Centre at its Green Tent, Mustafa al-Sairafi said: “Islam is the religion of mercy as it ordered its followers to show mercy during peace and war towards the followers of other religions.” He said: “Mercy in Islam is extended even to animals and plants.” The scholar said when Muslims read the Qur’an they begin with “In the name of God, the Most Merciful”, which is a reminder to the people that they should deal with others mercifully. Al-Sairafi said that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) spread the religion of Islam mainly because of his merciful approach to his companions. He reminded the audience that the renowned American author Michael Hart had put Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) at the top of a list of the “100 most influential personalities in the world”.