Some Simple Ways to Earn Allah’s Mercy

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

خَلَقَ اللَّهُ مِائَةَ رَحْمَةٍ فَوَضَعَ رَحْمَةً وَاحِدَةً بَيْنَ خَلْقِهِ يَتَرَاحَمُونَ بِهَا وَعِنْدَ اللَّهِ تِسْعَةٌ وَتِسْعُونَ رَحْمَةً ‏”‏

“Allah created a hundred mercies, and He placed one mercy among his creation, they show mercy to one another by it, and there are ninety-nine mercies with Allah.”[1]

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“Allah created one hundred units of mercy on the Day He created the heavens and the earth. Each one of them can contain all that is between the heaven and the earth. Of them, he put one on earth, through which a mother has compassion for her children and animals and birds have compassion for one another. On the Day of Resurrection, He will perfect and complete His Mercy”. (That is He will use all the hundred units of mercy for his slaves on that Day).[2]

Imam Ash-Sheikh Salih Al-Uthaymeen :Is anyone able to total up the amount of this mercy in the creation from the beginning of creation up until the Day of Judgement? Who is able to measure it and explain? No one ,except the One who created it –Allah.[3]

Ar-Rahman and Ar-Rahim are both names of Allah which are derived from Rahmah which prove that His Mercy is immense. Ar Rahman is a mercy that includes every living thing and Ar-Rahim is a mercy special for the pious and God-fearing believers. [4]

After looking at and reflecting over the vastness of Allah’s Mercy I thought it be would helpful for myself, my family, friends and the Muslims in general to collect some of  the ways to attain Allah’s Mercy in this life and hopefully in the next. Inshallah these acts are simple to do .

  • Dua [ Ask Allah for His Mercy]

Allah said: And your Lord said: “Invoke Me, [i.e. believe in My Oneness (Islamic Monotheism)] (and ask Me for anything) I will respond to your (invocation)[5]


  • At a calamity say “إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّآ إِلَيۡهِ رَٲجِعُونَ

Allah said: Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e. blessings, etc.) (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided-ones.[6]

  • Enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong together in unity.

Allah said: Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful…… And for those whose faces will become white, they will be in Allah’s Mercy (Paradise), therein they shall dwell forever.[7]

  • Maintaining complete faith in all of the aspects of Tawheed regarding Allah.

Allah said: So, as for those who believed in Allah and held fast to Him, He will admit them to His Mercy and Grace (i.e. Paradise), and guide them to Himself by a Straight Path.[8]

  • Reading and acting by the Quran.

Allah said: Or lest you (pagan Arabs) should say: “If only the Book had been sent down to us, we would surely have been better guided than they (Jews and Christians).” So now has come unto you a clear proof (the Qur’an) from your Lord, and guidance and a mercy.[9]

  • Worshipping Allah as if you can see Him and avoid causing mischief in the Earth.

Allah said: Surely, Allah’s Mercy is (ever) near unto the good-doers.[10]

  • To have complete faith in Allah’s signs  and accept them.

Allah: So We saved him and those who were with him by a Mercy from Us, and We cut the roots of those who belied Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), and they were not believers[11]

  • Making Hijra and striving in Allah’s Cause.

Allah: Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism) and emigrated and strove hard and fought in Allah’s Cause with their wealth and their lives are far higher in degree with Allah. They are the successful. Their Lord gives them glad tidings of a Mercy from Him.[12]

  • Having Faith in the Prophet and following him.

Allah:  And We have sent you (O Muhammad  ) not but as a mercy for the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists).[13]

  • Acting by the commandments and avoiding the prohibitions in the Quran.

Allah said: And truly, it (this Qur’an) is a guide and a mercy to the believers.[14]

  • Remaining righteous in towns, cities and places where people sin.

Allah: And (remember) Lout (Lot), We gave him Hukman (right judgement of the affairs and Prophethood) and (religious) knowledge, and We saved him from the town (folk) who practised Al-Khaba’ith (evil, wicked and filthy deeds, etc.). Verily, they were a people given to evil, and were Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient, to Allah). And We admitted him to Our Mercy, truly, he was of the righteous.[15]

  • Remaining steadfast and patient like the Prophets and Righteous when faced with difficulty.

Allah said: And (remember) Isma’il (Ishmael), and Idris (Enoch) and Dhul-Kifl (Isaiah), all were from among As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.). And We admitted them to Our Mercy. Verily, they were of the righteous.[16]

  • To believe in Allah and perform righteous deeds

Allah said: Then, as for those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism) and did righteous good deeds, their Lord will admit them to His Mercy. That will be the evident success.[17]

  • Praying 4 Rakah before Asr[18]

Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “ May Allah have mercy on the person whom prays four (Rak’ahs ) before Asr.[19]

  • The Spouses who wake each other up to pray together at night.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “May Allah show mercy to a man who gets up during the night and performs Salat, awakens his wife to pray and if she refuses, he sprinkles water on her face (to make her get up). May Allah show mercy to a woman who gets up during the night and performs Salat, awakens her husband for the same purpose; and if he refuses, she sprinkles water on his face.”[20]

  • Buying and selling and asking for your rights in a pleasant manner.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “May Allah show mercy to a man who adopts a kind attitude when he sells, buys and demands for the repayment of loans.”[21]

  • Reminding your brother of a verse from Quran when he forgets it.

The Prophet (ﷺ) heard a reciter reciting, the Qur’an in the mosque at night. The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “May Allah bestow His Mercy on him, as he has remind ed me of such-and-such Verses of such and-such Suras, which I missed!”[22]

  • Memorizing Hadith then narrating and teaching them to others.

The Messenger of Allah [ﷺ] said, “May Allah have mercy on the one who hears my hadith then conveys them to others the same way he heard them.[23]

  • Remaining united through the Quran, the Sunnah and the way of Salaf.

The Prophet(ﷺ)said: “Unity is a mercy and division is a punishment.”[24]

  • Seeking a pardon from your brother you’ve wrong in his honor or wealth.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said “May Allah have mercy upon a servant who has wronged his brother in his honor of his wealth, then he comes to him to seek his pattern before (his right) is taken, when he has no Dinar nor Dirham. Then if he has any rewards, it will be taken from his rewards, and if he have no rewards, Then some of his (brothers) bad deeds will be levied upon him.”[25]

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Prepared by

Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

Doha, Qatar 1438©


[1] Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3541

[2]  Hadith 6631

[3] Majmou 9/38

[4] Refer to “العمل الاسنى / by Shiekh Zayd Al-Madkhali pg 10-12

[5] Ghafir:60

[6] Al-Baqarah:156-157

[7] Surah Ale-Imran 104-107

[8] Surah An-Nisa’: 175

[9] Surah Al-An’am:157

[10] Surah Al-A’raf:56

[11] Surah Al-A’raf: 72

[12] Surah At-Taubah:20-21

[13] Surah Al-Anbiyah’:107

[14] Surah An-Naml:77

[15] Surah Al-Anbiyah’:74-75

[16] Surah Al-Anbiyah’:85-86

[17] Surah Al-Jathiyah:30

[18] I compiled an article on this topic in detail.

[19] Collected by Abu Dawud (1273) At-Tirmith (296) graded as being Saheeh by Ibn Khuzaymah and Ibn Hibban .

[20] Hadith 1183

[21] Bukhari:1368

[22] Sahih al-Bukhari 5042

[23]Mustadark Hakim

[24] Sunnah/Ibn Abi Assim/93

[25] At-Tirmithi:2604

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