Hadith on Mercy: Allah is more merciful to us than we are to ourselves

Umaymah bint Ruqaiqah reported: I pledged allegiance to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him with a group of women. The Prophet said to us, “Only as you are able and capable.” I said, “Allah and his messenger are more merciful to us than we are to ourselves.” And I said, “O Messenger of Allah, accept our pledge,” meaning shake our hands. The Prophet said, “Verily, my statement to one hundred women is like my statement to one woman.

In another narration, the Prophet said, “Verily, I do not shake hands with women.”

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 1597

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to At-Tirmidhi

عن أميمة بنت رقيقة قالت بَايَعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فِي نِسْوَةٍ فَقَالَ لَنَا فِيمَا اسْتَطَعْتُنَّ وَأَطَقْتُنَّ قُلْتُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَرْحَمُ بِنَا مِنَّا بِأَنْفُسِنَا قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ بَايِعْنَا قَالَ سُفْيَانُ تَعْنِي صَافِحْنَا فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّمَا قَوْلِي لِمِائَةِ امْرَأَةٍ كَقَوْلِي لِامْرَأَةٍ وَاحِدَةٍ

وفي رواية مالك قال إِنِّي لَا أُصَافِحُ النِّسَاءَ

1597 سنن الترمذي كتاب السير باب ما جاء في بيعة النساء

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