Muslims are in dire need for Forgiveness….


Surely forgiveness is a fundamental universal principle. It was highly emphasized by the Holy Quran and the Messenger of God. This issue could take pages of elaborations, but I have chosen a beautiful divine communication or what is called “Hadeeth ‘Qudsi” which really sums up the importance of pardoning and forgiveness among human beings. For it would absolutely lead any society to peace and prosperity, as it was declared by the beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) which is quoted at the end of this Hadeeth Qudsi, when he (pbuh) siad:

“Fear God, and promote peace and reconciliation amongst yourselves, for surely God shall establish peace among the faithful; on the Day of resurrection.”

We, Muslims should promote peace, instead of terror, among ourselves and the the rest of our fellow men. And we should reconcile among each other and abandon sectarian hate.

Forgiveness and pardoning represent strength and modesty, as Imam Ali said:

“Only he who has the power to punish can pardon……. (nahjulbalagha saying 53)”

I truly believe that we as Muslims today are in dire need for adopting forgiveness and pardon amongst each others first and it will definitely translate into other people.

In light of what is going on in the Muslim world today; from hate, anger, negation of the other side; I believe that Muslims must embrace love, mercy, forgiveness and pardoning, and they are desperately in need to seek more peaceful path and vision towards life. This could only be possible if we begin to embrace this path of forgiveness among ourselves as Muslims; Sunni and Shi’a and all Muslims and our fellow men.

Once we begin to love ourselves then this love will overflow to engulf our perceived enemy.

The holy Quran reiterate the importance of pardoning and forgiving amongst each other; as it is stated in:

2:237 ….And if you pardon it is nearer to piety…… Allah is Seer of what ye do.

waan ta’afoo aqrabu lil-tta’qwa ….. inna Allaha bima taAAmaloona baseerun

وَأَن تَعْفُواْ أَقْرَبُ لِلتَّقْوَى ……… إِنَّ اللّهَ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌ (2:237)

And the the Quran teaches us that returning a good deed in the face of an evil one is the best course of action for a true believer to adopt in life, for it will produce love, compassion amongst the disputing parties. It will annihilate hate and animosity with love and friendship to serve a bigger purpose; bigger than all the disputing parties along with their worldly possessions and achievements, that is the universal principle of humanity. This notion is stated in:

41:34 …Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and thee there was enmity (will become) as though he was a bosom friend.

…idfaAA biallatee hiya ahsanu faitha allathee baynaka wabaynahu AAadawatun kaannahu waliyyun hameemun

ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ فَإِذَا الَّذِي بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ عَدَاوَةٌ كَأَنَّهُ وَلِيٌّ حَمِيمٌ (41:34)

So I will let this Hadeeth ‘Qudsi speaks for itself and may Allah SW grant us this attribute of pardoning and forgiveness. Here is the Hadeeth Qudsi:

[Narated from Anas ibn Malik said:

One day when the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was seated amongst us, we saw him laugh and laugh until his teeth were showing. ‘Umar asked: ” What makes you laugh, O messenger of Allah, you for whom I would give my own father and mother?

He (pbuh) replied:

“Two men of my community were kneeling before the Lord of Might, ever exalted is He, and one of them said: ‘O my Lord, retrieve for me what my brother has wrongfully taken from me!’

He (SW) said {to the accused}: ‘Give back to your brother what you have wrongfully taken from him.’

‘But my Lord, he (the accused) replied, nothing of merits has been left for me.’

‘Then, my Lord, ‘said {the plaintiff}, ‘let him carry some of my burdens.'”

The eyes of the messenger of God (pbuh) filled with tears, and he said: “Indeed that is a fearful day, when people will need someone to carry part of their burdens.” Then he (pbuh) continued:

“And God ever mighty and majestic is He, said to the plaintiff:

‘Raise your head and look towards the Gardens and Paradise.’

He raised his head and exclaimed: ‘my Lord I see cities of silver and palaces of gold, crowned with pearls. To which prophet dose it belong; To which martyr dose it belong?’

God replied: ‘It belongs to whoever could give Me its value.’

He (the plaintiff) asked: ‘And who, my Lord, could afford such value?’

God replied: you own the value.

He (the plaintiff) asked: ‘But how shall I do that my Lord?’

God replied: ‘by pardoning your brother.’

He said: ‘My Lord, I have already pardoned him!’

God, ever exalted is He, said: ‘Now take your brother by the hand, and lead him into Paradise.'”

Then the Messenger of God added:

“Fear God, and promote peace and reconciliation amongst yourselves, for surely God shall establish peace among the faithful; on the Day of resurrection.””

Wa minna alsalam


Credit: Hadeeth ‘Qudsi is Taken from “The Mishkat al-Anwar of Ibn ‘Arabi/ forth hadeeth ‘Qudsi”

Photo: El escudo del guerrero (abejarucos) by Francisco Hoyos

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