Rasulullah* (pbuh*) was going to Eid Salah in the company of his companions. They were walking and chanting the Takbeer. “Allahu Akbar*, Allahu Akbar”.
And the streets of Medina Munawara were echoing in “Allahu Akbar”.
Everyone was excited and dressed nicely and everyone had their perfume on.
Rasulullah (pbuh) suddenly saw a young child sitting on the side with his face buried on his hand and he’s crying away.
Rasulullah (pbuh) stopped and told the companions” You may continue and I will join you later.”
He went to the child, he sat next to him on the side of the street.
He patted him on the back and said:
“ Young child, why are you crying?”
The young child said ,”Today is the day of Eid*. And all the young children are holding their father’s hand and they are going for Eid Salah. My father was matyred in the battle of Uhud. I have no father. There is no father’s hand for me to hold”.
And he continue to sit there crying on the side of the street.
He said, “Leave me alone, let me sit here and cry while the rest of the world enjoys itself”.
Rasulullah (pbuh) said to this child “If you are crying, Muhammad will also not celebrate the day of Eid”.
Rasulullah (pbuh) held the child’s hand and he said, “While all the children are holding the hands of their fathers, you will hold the hand of Muhammad (pbuh). And from today onwards you will never say you do not have a father. From today onwards Muhammad is your father and Aisha (may God be pleased with her) is your mother.”
Rasulullah (pbuh) then walked with the child all the way up to the place of Eid Salah and when Rasulullah (pbuh) was giving the Khutbah*, he had this child sitting on his thigh (in another narration he had the child sit on his shoulders).
This is the mercy of Rasulullah (pbuh).
* Brief Meanings:
Rasullullah = Prophet Muhammad
pbuh = peace and blessings of God be upon him
Allahu Akbar = God is the Greatest
Eid = day of celebration for Muslims, Festival for Muslims
Eid Salah = special prayers done on Eid morning
Khutbah = sermon