They Taught the Importance of Kindness and Charity
Both Jesus and Muhammad were marked by otherworldly kindness and charity.
The famous parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the most well-known examples of Christ’s teachings on kindness. This parable shows how every man and woman is to act toward one another—He taught that we are to help one another when we see a need, and to be respectful and kind as we do so.
Christ also emphasized forgiveness. The story of Christ saving a woman from an execution at the hands of the legalistic Pharisees is testament to this. Instead of condemning her, as the religious leaders did, He made a point of not condemning her, and simply said “Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”
There are many stories of Muhammad’s kindness, but one, called “The Rubbish Thrower,” stands out. An old woman, maddened by Muhammad’s peaceful demeanor, regularly collected and threw garbage at him, hoping to get the prophet angry.
Unfortunately for her, Muhammad never became upset with her, and said nothing when she showered him with garbage.
But the old woman eventually became sick. When Muhammad heard of this, he immediately rushed to her home to inquire about her health and offered her aid in an act of sincere kindness. Seeing how he treated her, she accepted Islam at once.
Both Jesus and Muhammad taught and lived by kindness. If you’re a follower of either, this should be close to your heart, as well.