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Abu Zayd Usama ibn Zayd ibn Haritha, the client of the Messenger
of Allah, one he loved and the son of one he loved, said, “A daughter of
the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, sent a message to
him saying, ‘One of my sons is dying, so come.’ He sent his greetings to
her and said, ‘What Allah takes is His and what He gives is His. Everything
has a fixed term with Him, so she should show fortitude and expect a reward.’
She sent to him imploring him to come to her. He got up with Sa’d ibn ‘Ubada,
Mu’adh ibn Jabal, Ubayy ibn Ka’b, Zayd ibn Thabit and some other men, may
Allah be pleased with them. The child was brought to the Messenger of Allah
and he was shuddering. The Prophet’s eyes were flowing with tears and Sa’d
said, ‘Messenger of Allah, what is this?’ He said, ‘This is an aspect of
mercy which Allah has put in the hearts of His slaves.'”

One variant has, “In the hearts of whomever He will of His slaves. Allah
is merciful to those of His slaves who are merciful. [Agreed upon]


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