Being forgiving and tolerant

Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) reported: A man said to Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam): “I have relatives with whom I try to maintain good relationship but they sever relations with me; whom I treat kindly but they treat me badly, with whom I am gentle but they are rough to me.” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied, “If you are as you have said, then it is as though you are feeding them hot ashes and you will not be without a supporter against them from Allah, as long as you do so.”

[Sahih Muslim]


Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And verily, whosoever shows patience and forgives, that would truly be from the things recommended by Allah.” (42:43)

The above-mentioned Verse and this Hadith impress on a believer that in order to win the pleasure of Allah, he should be forgiving and tolerant with regard to the sufferings he experiences at the hands of people. The example of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and his Sahaba (Companions) calls for and recommends such an attitude.

And Allah knows best!

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