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Thank you for the mercy and compassion link. The Prophet is one to follow as an example how to treat your animals.
Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just. - Thomas Jefferson
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His mercy and compassion, peace be upon him, was to all what surrounded him, including animals
 
As you read in the article:
 
Muhammad forbade his Companions to let animals go hungry or thirsty, or to disturb or overburden them. He commended kindness to animals and putting them at ease as meritorious acts which could bring people nearer to Allah
 
 
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The Prophet's Mercy Towards the Elderly

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

"If a young man honors an elderly on account of his age, Allah appoints someone to honor him in his old age."

The Prophet here advises the young of the Muslim society, who will be tomorrow's elderly, to honor the elderly. Continuous application of this Prophetic advice helps bridge the gap between generations and spreads an atmosphere of love and understanding between the young and the old. Consider here also the generalization in the Prophet's words: "If a young man honors an elderly;" the hadith requires honoring the elderly regardless of their color or religion ...

A Sign of Reverence for Allah

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

"It is out of reverence to Allah to respect the white-headed (aged) Muslim." 

The hadith implies all kinds of respect and care for the elderly: Health care, psychological care, social care, economic care, ending illiteracy, providing education, and other forms of care that the international community calls for today.

In one hadith, the Prophet disavows those who do not venerate the elderly and considers them alien to the Muslim society:

"He is not one of us who does not show mercy to our young ones and esteem to our elderly."

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Taking Extra Care of Parents

The priority Islam gives to parents is the highest of all other priorities
 
Why?
 
Being dutiful to parents is the door to Allah's Mercy and Love, and the main door to Jannah (Paradise)
 
From Allah's Mercy, He put the love of sons and daughters in the hearts of parents. This love and care make a mother wake up in the middle of the night to take care of her child, and despite being tired she would stay up all night making sure her child is ok
 
How do we repay that debt?
 
In the same way that parents took care of their children when they were young and weak, it's their turn when they are strong to take care of their parents especially when they are elderly and weak
 
A man came to Allah's Apostle and said,

"O Allah's Apostle! Who is more entitled to be treated with the best companionship by me?"

The Prophet said, "Your mother."

The man said. "Who is next?"

The Prophet said, "Your mother."

The man further said, "Who is next?"

The Prophet said, "Your mother."

The man asked for the fourth time, "Who is next?"

The Prophet said, "Your father. "

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I am wondering what Muhammed says about duties of an adult toward a parent who abandoned him as a child?
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No matter what parents did to their children, even if they were unjust and abandoned them at a young age, the teachings of Islam is to be dutiful towards them
 
Ibn 'Abbas said, "If any Muslim obeys Allah regarding his parents, Allah will open two gates of the Garden for him. If there is only one parent, then one gate will be opened. If one of them is angry, then Allah will not be pleased with him until that parent is pleased with him." He was asked, "Even if they wrong him?" "Even if they wrong him" he replied
 
(Source: Al-Adab Al-Mufrad, by Imam Al-Bukhari)
 
 
 
 
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Visiting Those who are Ill

An important Sunnah (i.e tradition of the Prophet) is to visit those who are ill

In a caring society, it is a Sunnah to care for those who are ill, to remember them in prayers and make them know they are not on their own
 
It also has a great reward, as mentioned in this hadith:
 
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:
 
There is no man who visits a sick person early in the morning but seventy thousand angels send blessings upon him until evening comes, and he will have a garden in Paradise.
 
If he visits him in the evening, seventy thousand angels send blessings upon him until morning comes, and he will have a garden in Paradise
 
(Hadith in Al-Tirmidhi)
 
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Muslim Character  

There are people who think that “a perfect Muslim” is simply one who is correct in the observance of the salah (ritual Prayer), the fasting, the zakah (payment of a certain portion of one’s wealth to the poor), and the Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah).
 
This indeed is not the case.
 
If the ritual observances do not help the person to be humble, virtuous and truly God-fearing, then he or she is not a real Muslim. A Muslim should be good and just in dealing with others, no matter their religion, and take special care to keep away from all the shameful and sinful things Allah (God) has forbidden.
 
 
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Truthfulness… Staircase to Heaven

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said:

Maintain truthfulness, for truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Heaven; A man continues to maintain truthfulness until he is recorded in Allah's book as truthful.

Refrain from lying, for lying leads to blatant evil, and evil leads to Hell; A man continues to lie until he is recorded in Allah's book as a liar."

(Hadith in Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, and At-Tirmidhi)

Certain virtues are highly valued in all societies, one of which is truthfulness. Islam recognizes that other religions and communities attach great importance to such virtues. Islam also endorses such virtues and lays strong emphasis on them. Indeed, the Prophet said, "I have been sent with my message in order to complement the best of virtues" (Ahmad and Al-Hakim). In this definition of his message, the Prophet emphasizes that virtues that are acceptable to common sense exist in all societies and are inevitably upheld by all communities. What Islam does is to complement and perfect them.

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Being Considerate

One of the significant characteristics of the believers is their refusal to fall prey to their own greed. Believers who overcome their vain desires will naturally be caring and considerate towards other believers. ...

Giving other believers preference is not confined to offering them something in physical terms. Brotherhood is also imparted with thoughtfulness. Believers must consider their brethren's needs and problems more than their own.

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Muslim's Manners and Duties
 
Surat Al-Israa' was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in Makkah after his Night Journey from Makkah to Jerusalem.
 
In verses 23–39 of this surah, Allah mentions some basic commitments of Muslims. Without fulfilling these commitments, no individual or group can succeed. Muslims have to live by these values and should invite humanity to these principles. These principles are not limited to one race, tribe, or group; they are universal in their scope and application. ...
 
These principles are as follows:

1. To worship Allah alone

2. To be respectful and kind to parents

3. To be good to relatives, to the poor, and to the travelers
 
4. To be careful with money and not waste resources

5. To take good care of children

6. To steer clear of adultery and illicit relations

7. To respect every life
 
8. To take care of the orphans
 
9. To fulfill promises and commitments
 
10. To be honest in business dealings and not cheat in weight or measurement
 
11. To do things with knowledge and not follow hearsay or act on half knowledge
 
12. To be humble and have no arrogance
 
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The Tongue and the Heart

"Whoever believes in Allah and the last day should speak good or keep silent" - Muhammad (peace be upon him)

The tongue expresses what is in the heart. If a persons heart is good you see it in their saying.

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The Prophet's Mercy Towards the Elderly

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

"If a young man honors an elderly on account of his age, Allah appoints someone to honor him in his old age."

The Prophet here advises the young of the Muslim society, who will be tomorrow's elderly, to honor the elderly. Continuous application of this Prophetic advice helps bridge the gap between generations and spreads an atmosphere of love and understanding between the young and the old. Consider here also the generalization in the Prophet's words: "If a young man honors an elderly;" the hadith requires honoring the elderly regardless of their color or religion ...

A Sign of Reverence for Allah

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

"It is out of reverence to Allah to respect the white-headed (aged) Muslim." 

The hadith implies all kinds of respect and care for the elderly: Health care, psychological care, social care, economic care, ending illiteracy, providing education, and other forms of care that the international community calls for today.

In one hadith, the Prophet disavows those who do not venerate the elderly and considers them alien to the Muslim society:

"He is not one of us who does not show mercy to our young ones and esteem to our elderly."

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The Hospitality of The Prophet, peace be upon him

Muhammad was also a very hospitable person, even before he was raised to the status of a Prophet. Nobody ever went away from him empty handed. He used to feed the poor, the needy, the widows and orphans and was very popular among the people of Makkah. In Madinah, his hospitality knew no bounds and his house was open to all, rich and poor, friend and foe. All came to him and were treated very generously. People used to come in large numbers from all directions, and he entertained them all and served them personally.

His hospitality was not confined to Muslims alone, but was extended to all human beings, irrespective of status or creed. Polytheists and Jews were his guests and he entertained them all, without any distinction. When a Christian deputation came from Abyssinia, he kept them in his house and served them personally throughout their stay. Once when a polytheist was his guest, Muhammad gave him the milk of one goat and he drank it all. The Prophet gave him the milk of a second goat, which he drank as well. In this way the guest drank the milk of seven goats but Muhammad did not stop offering him milk until he was satisfied.

Sometimes it so happened that the guests ate all that was available in the house and nothing was left for the Prophet and his family to eat, so they had to go without food that night. This was not an unusual occurrence in the Prophet's house. ...

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