“God has mandated excellence (ihsan) for all things. So if you kill, do so with excellence, and if you slaughter an animal, do so with excellence; sharpen your blade, and put the animal at ease.”
The hadith are considered, like the Qu’ran, a part of the divine revelation that was bestowed upon the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, God’s final Messenger, whom He sent as a mercy to all the worlds to bring glad tidings for believers and guidance for humanity. He is like a luminous lamp set in the dark niche of the final days making clear the straight path for his ummah.
If we bring this attitude to our reading of the hadith, we will be able to relate to them in a more profound way. We will see them as more than pithy sayings or words of wisdom, but as messages of mercy from God most high in the words of His beloved, our master Muhammad ﷺ. [Read more…]