“Forgiveness is epitomized in avoiding harming someone in revenge for the injury or harm he meted out to you, despite having the ability to avenge,” according to Al-Imam Al-Kafawi (Al-Kulliyyaat, P 52- 58). This means that when someone wrongs you or treats you with injustice, underestimating your ability to avenge, you choose to forgive and forget due to your strong faith in God Almighty. Not only is your self-confidence boosted, but also your reward for this virtue is great.
Encouraging us to forgive, Allah (to Whom is ascribed all perfection and majesty) says what can be translated as: “So by mercy from God, you [O Muhammad (PBUH)] were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh-hearted, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in affairs….” (Al-Imran 3: 159).
God Almighty in this verse as well as in many others, commands Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to forgive all those who wronged him whether Muslims or non-Muslims so long as their offences did not lead to a dangerous catastrophe.
Abu Mousa Al-Ash’Ari (Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) companion) narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “None is more patient than God against the harmful and annoying words He hears (from the people). They ascribe children to Him, yet He bestows upon them health and provisions.” (Al-Bukhari 7,378).
In this Hadith, the Prophet (PBUH) informs us that some people ascribe children...
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