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What is Compassion?

Why is compassion important?

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How can compassion help others?

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Scripture quotes on Compassion

 ‘In the Name of God, The Most Compassionate, The Most Merciful.’ ( Start of every chapter of The Quran)

‘And the LORD said, “I will cause all My Goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim My Name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have Mercy on whom I will have Mercy, and I will have Compassion on whom I will have Compassion.’ Exodus 33:19


‘Yet the LORD longs to be Gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you Compassion. For the LORD is a God of Justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!’ Isaiah 30:18


‘They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has Compassion on them will Guide them and lead them beside springs of water.’ Isaiah 49:10


‘Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have Compassion on His afflicted ones.’ Isaiah 49:13


‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My Unfailing Love for you will not be shaken nor My Covenant of Peace be removed,” says the LORD, Who has Compassion on you.’ Isaiah 54:10


‘I will tell of the Kindnesses of the LORD, the Deeds for which He is to be Praised, according to all the LORD has done for us— yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to His Compassion and many Kindnesses.’ Isaiah 63:7


‘As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of Compassion and Mercy.’ James 5:11


‘Have Mercy on me, O God, according to Your Unfailing Love; according to Your Great Compassion blot out my transgressions.’ Psalm 51:1


‘As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has Compassion on those who fear Him.’ Psalm 103:13


‘The LORD is Gracious and Righteous; our God is full of Compassion.’ Psalm 116:5


‘Let Your Compassion come to me that I may Live, for Your Law is my delight.’ Psalm 119:77


‘Your Compassion, LORD, is Great; preserve my life according to Your Laws.’ Psalm 119:156


‘The LORD is Good to all; He has Compassion on all He has Made.’ Psalm 145:9


‘Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of The Kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’ Matthew 9:35-38


‘Praise the LORD, my Soul; all my inmost being, Praise His Holy Name. Praise the LORD, my Soul, and forget not all His Benefits—  Who Forgives all your sins and Heals all your diseases, Who Redeems your Life from the pit and crowns you with Love and Compassion, Who Satisfies your desires with Good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.’ Psalm 103:1-5


‘As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.  Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.’ Matthew 20:29-34


'When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” ‘Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.’ Matthew 14:13-21


‘Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.  So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.  “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’  “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.  ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’  “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ”’  Luke 15:11-32


‘He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.’ Proverbs 28:13


‘And the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” Zechariah 7:8-10


‘Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.’ Proverbs 4:23


‘Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.’ Proverbs 19:17


‘The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; your Rod and your Staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.’  Psalm 23:1-6



‘Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.’ Psalm 112:4


‘Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the Palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.’ Isaiah 49:15-16


‘Goodness does not consist in turning your face towards East or West. The truly good are those who believe in God and the Last Day, in the angels, the Scripture, and the prophets; who give away some of their wealth, however much they cherish it, to their relatives, to orphans, the needy, travellers and beggars and to liberate those in debt and bondage; those who keep up the prayers and pay the prescribed alms; who keep pledges whenever they make them; who are steadfast in misfortune, adversity and times of danger. These are the ones who are true, and it is they who are aware of God.’  Quran 2:178


‘Indeed, God enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency, and manifest evil, and wrongful transgression. He admonished you that you may take heed.’ Quran 16:91


‘And as for those who strive in Our path — We will surely guide them in Our ways. And Indeed, God is with those who are of service to others.’ Quran 29:70


‘Indeed, God is with those who are righteous and those who do good.’  Quran 16:129


 ‘The reward of goodness is nothing but goodness.’ Quran 55:61


‘And good and evil are not alike. Repel evil with that which is best. And lo, he between whom and thyself was enmity will become as though he were a warm friend.  But none is granted it save those who are steadfast; and none is granted it save those who possess a large share of good.’ Quran 41:35-36


‘Those who spend in prosperity and adversity, and those who suppress anger and pardon men; and God loves those who do good.’  Quran 3:135


‘So, because of their breaking their covenant, We have cursed them, and have hardened their hearts. They pervert the words from their proper places and have forgotten a good part of that with which they were exhorted. And thou wilt not cease to discover treachery on their part, except in a few of them. So pardon them and turn away from them. Surely, God loves those who do good.’  Quran 5:14


‘So God rewarded them, for what they said, with Gardens beneath which streams flow. Therein shall they abide; and that is the reward of those who do good.’  Quran 5:86


‘And remember the time when We said: “Enter this village and eat therefrom — wherever you will — plentifully; and enter the gate submissively and say: ‘God! forgive us our sins.’ We shall forgive you your sins and We shall give increase to those who do good.’  Quran 2:59


‘And create not disorder in the earth after it has been set in order, and call upon Him in fear and hope. Surely, the mercy of God is nigh unto those who do good.’   Quran 7:57


‘No blame lies on the weak, nor on the sick, nor on those who find naught to spend, if they are sincere to God and His Messenger. There is no cause of reproach against those who do good deeds; and God is Most Forgiving, Merciful.’  Quran 9:91


‘And thus did We establish Joseph in the land. He dwelt therein wherever he pleased. We bestow Our mercy on whomsoever We please, and We suffer not the reward of the righteous to perish.’ Quran 12:57


‘They said, ‘O exalted one, he has a very aged father, so take one of us in his stead; for we see thee to be of those who do good.’  Quran 12:79


‘They replied, ‘Art thou Joseph?’ He said, ‘Yes, I am Joseph and this is my brother. God has indeed been gracious to us. Verily, whoso is righteous and is steadfast — God will never suffer the reward of the good to be lost.’  Quran 12:91


‘A guidance and a mercy for those who do good.’  Quran 31:4


‘And remember the time when We took a covenant from the children of Israel: ‘You shall worship nothing but God and show kindness to parents and to kindred and orphans and the poor, and speak to men kindly and observe Prayer, and pay the Zakat;’ …’Quran 2:84


‘They ask thee what they shall spend. Say: ‘Whatever of good and abundant wealth you spend should be for parents and near relatives and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer. And whatever good you do, surely God knows it well.’  Quran 2:216


‘And worship God and associate naught with Him, and show kindness to parents, and to kindred, and orphans, and the needy, and to the neighbour that is a kinsman and the neighbour that is a stranger, and the companion by your side, and the wayfarer, and those whom your right hands possess. Surely, God loves not the proud and the boastful.’ Quran 4:37


‘Say, ‘Come, I will rehearse to you what your Lord has forbidden: that you associate not anything as partner with Him and that you do good to parents, and that you kill not your children for fear of poverty — it is We Who provide for you and for them — and that you approach not foul deeds, whether open or secret; and that you kill not the life which God has made sacred, save by right. That is what He has enjoined upon you, that you may understand.’    Quran 6:152


‘Our Lord, grant forgiveness to me and to my parents and to the believers on the day when the reckoning will take place.’  Quran 14:42


‘ Thy Lord has commanded, “Worship none but Him, and show kindness to parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age with thee, never say unto them any word expressive of disgust nor reproach them, but address them with excellent speech.’  Quran 17:24


‘And We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; but if they strive to make thee associate that with Me of which thou hast no knowledge, then obey them not. Unto Me is your return, and I shall inform you of what you did.’  Quran 29:9


‘And We have enjoined on man concerning his parents — his mother bears him in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning takes two years — ‘Give thanks to Me and to thy parents. Unto Me is the final return.’  Quran 31:15


‘And We have enjoined on man to be good to his parents. His mother bears him with pain, and brings him forth with pain. And the bearing of him and his weaning takes thirty months, till, when he attains his full maturity and reaches the age of forty years, he says, ‘My Lord, grant me the power that I may be grateful for Thy favour which Thou hast bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and that I may do such good works as may please Thee. And make my seed righteous for me. I do turn to Thee; and, truly, I am of those who submit to Thee.’   Quran 46:16


‘And they ask thee concerning the orphans. Say: ‘Promotion of their welfare is an act of great goodness. And if you intermix with them, they are your brethren. And God knows the mischief-maker from the reformer. And if God had so willed, He would have put you to hardship. Surely, God is Mighty, Wise.’    Quran 2:21


‘And when other relations and orphans and the poor are present at the division of heritage, give them something therefrom and speak to them words of kindness.’  Quran 4:9


‘And they seek of thee the decision of the Law with regard to women. Say, God gives you His decision regarding them. And so does that which is recited to you in the Book concerning the orphan girls whom you give not what is prescribed for them and whom you desire to marry, and concerning the weak among children. And He enjoins you to observe equity towards the orphans. And whatever good you do, surely God knows it well.’  Quran 4:128


 ‘So the orphan, oppress not.’  Quran 93:10

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