Keep helping the creation of Allah, treat them kindly and bestow favors on them. The one whom you treat so will become your friend, nay your slave. Treating others kindly saves one from destruction.
Translation of couplet:
Better than offering 1000 Raka’at of Salaat at every stop in a journey
Is to gladden someone’s heart by kind treatment
The propriety for bestowing favors on others is that the one doing so should conceal it from others and the propriety of the one on whom favors are being bestowed is that he/she should reveal that favor and should always be thankful and grateful for it.
The mark of a Muslim is to treat everyone kindly. Even if a person has a goat and that person doesn’t treat it kindly, then that person will not be counted among those who bestow favors.
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said that there was a woman and she was punished only because she had a cat which she had tied. Eventually that cat died of hunger. She neither fed it nor watered it, nor did she set it free that it could at least eat insects.
On the other hand, there was a sinful woman. She saw a dog in a jungle which was dying of thirst. She didn’t have any rope or pail with her. She used her sock as a pail and her dupatta as a rope and provided water to the dog.
For only this reason, Almighty Allah had mercy on her and pardoned her.
Did you see how Almighty Allah loves those who treat others kindly?