Listening to As Sami’

“I listen to the prayer of every supplicant when he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way.”

(Quran 2:186)

In Chapter 9 verse 61 of the Holy Quran, God shares an event in the Prophet’s life: “Among them are men who abuse the Prophet and say, ‘He is (all) ear.’ Say, ‘He listens to what is best for you: he believes in Allah, has faith in the Believers, and is a Mercy to those of you who believe.’ But those who abuse the Messenger will have a grievous penalty.” Although now we recognize and value compassionate listening, at that time in history, it was mocked. When we seek honor in God’s eyes, we can receive Mercy from Him that benefits ourselves and our community, as social ills can impact this reception or Mercy from God.

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