Essay No. 200:
Kindness is the noblest passion lodged in the human breast. Kindness is a great virtue. You just give kind smile to someone, and he realizes its warmth. It is the best compassion you could show to fellow human beings. Kindness is felt both by the deaf and the blind. Its language is understandable to all and sundry.
One should thus consciously endeavor to cultivate this virtue and demonstrate it to fellow human beings in the largest possible measure. It is said if you are incapable of aiding someone financially, at least share his concern and console him in kind words.
The following Urdu verse shows the function and purpose of human existence:
دردِ دل کے واسطے پیدا کیا انسان کو
ورنہ طاعت کے لئے کچھ کم نہ تھے کُر و بیاں
[The purpose of man’s existence is to share other’s weal and woe; otherwise there was no dearth of angles to worship God.]
Man is thus required to share problems of his fellow beings in a way as to console them in kind words. The magnitude of grief can be lessened if there is someone to share it through a feeling of kindness. That is why it is considered to be a great service to humanity if one could demonstrate kindness.
Politeness to one’s fellow human beings is a gesture of goodwill who are in a state of distress and grief. One can bring a smile to the distressed by speaking kind words. The recipe often suggested is that if you wish to be happy yourself, then show kindness to others. There is a saying if you show kindness to your fellow beings on the earth, God will show kindness to you in heaven.
Kindness cannot be restricted only to human beings. One can show gesture of kindness even to birds and animals. The west shows kindness to animals. They are looked after very well. However, it shows a callous attitude towards human beings, who suffer from malnutrition and live below the poverty line in the poor countries of the world.
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Dogs and other animals are better fed than the human beings who are the worst victim of poverty. Human beings deserve the attention of the West to have a claim on their resources to seek alleviation of their grinding poverty. The West should show an attitude of liberalism in this regard. The best form of ‘abadat’ is to serve the crest-fallen creatures of Allah with a sense of devotion and kindness and politeness.
Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) was a paragon of kindness and politeness. An incident seeks a mention in the Islamic history. A non-Muslim lady, used to throw rubbish over the head of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) when he passed neat her house. One day the Holy Prophet (PBUH) while passing by the lane noticed that the lady had not repeated her routine.
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) came to know about her illness and went straight to her house to enquire about her health. The lady thought that he might take revenge upon her. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) and instantly embraced Islam. The gesture of kindness brought about a revolution in her thinking and attitude.
Kindness if shown to human beings, can engineer a positive change in their outlook if shown to human beings, can engineer a positive change in their outlook and change. This shows that little deeds of kindness can make earth an abode of happiness. So let us learn to practice the virtue of kindness as it blesses both the receiver and the giver. One should show kindness to others without expecting any reward.