Definition: compassion, generosity
Synonyms: affection, altruism, amiability, beneficence, benevolence, charity, clemency, consideration, cordiality, courtesy, decency, delicacy, fellow feeling, forbearance, gentleness, good intention, good will, goodness, grace, graciousness, heart, helpfulness, hospitality, humanity, indulgence, kindliness, magnanimity, mildness, patience, philanthropy, serviceability, solicitousness, solicitude, sweetness, sympathy, tact, tenderness, thoughtfulness, tolerance, understanding, unselfishness
Antonyms: cruelty, harshness, meanness


Our master the holy Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said,

إن الله يحب الرفق في الأمر كله (رواه البخاری)۔

“Allah is kind and loves kindness in every matter.”

إن الرفق لا يكون في شيء إلا زانه . ولا ينزع من شيء إلا شانه ( رواه مسلم) ۔

“Whenever kindness is in a thing it adorns it, and whenever it is removed from anything, it disfigures it.” [Muslim]


Sayyidi wa sanadi Shaikh Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve him) often says that Arabic is a very unique and rich language. It has a huge vocabulary. Sometimes it is quite difficult to convey the meaning of a word when translating it into another language. This is specially so with the languages like English.

1 thought on “Kindness

  1. sayyid

    Respected Hazrath
    As Salamu Alaykum wrwb
    Jazakallah for the post
    Is it correct to think that The General foundation of a Muslim is in gentleness, and the exception in harshness. Situations when Hashness needs to be used as determined by shariah. Please confirm.

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