“And We sent you [O Muhammad] not but as a mercy for the ‘Alameen [mankind, jinns, and all that exists].” The Quran 21:107 It is related that the Prophet Sallahu alaihi wassalam said about himself: “Verily, I am nothing more than a mercy and a guide.” The Prophet Sallahu alaihi wassalam was equally merciful towards relatives, friends, and strangers; after all, Allah Subhananhu wa Ta’ala described him as being a mercy, not just to friends and relatives, not even just to Muslims, but to all that exists.
There lived a pious man all by himself, who spent most of his time in praying, fasting and praising Allah. Almost all his waking hours were utilised in meditation and devotions. One night, he dreamt a rather disturbing dream. He saw that a shopkeeper in the town was far superior to him in spirituality and that he must go to him to learn the basics of true spiritual life.