Forgiveness

by Seeker

The blessed companion `Uqbah bin `Āmir radi Allahu `anh said that he had the honour to meet the noble Messenger of Allah Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam and he rushed to hold his sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam blessed hand. Our Master Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam also took a hold of the hand of `Uqbah and said,

“`Uqbah, The best manners of the world and the Hereafter are that you associate with those who disassociate with you, and forgive those who do injustices to you and whoever wishes for an extended life and abundance of sustenance should treat his relatives with kindness.”

~ Transmitted by Hakim al-Mustadrak `alal Sahihayn (5:224 #7367).

Our Master Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam said:

“Charity does not lessen wealth, and if a person forgives someone’s mistake, than Almighty Allah increases his (i.e. the forgiver’s) honour and respect. Whoever adopts humbleness for Allah, Allah elevates his rank.”

~ Transmitted by Muslim as-Sahih (#2588).

The noble Prophet Musa `alayhis salam once said,

“O Allah, the Exalted! Who is the most dignified one before you?” Allah replied, “One who forgives despite having the ability to take revenge.”

~ Transmitted by Bayhaqi in Shu`ab al-Iman (6:319 #8327).

`Ubay bin Ka`ab radī Allahu ‘anh narrates: the Master of Creation Prophet Muhammad sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam said,

“Whoever prefers that a palace be built for him in Paradise, should forgive the person who is unjust to him, and give to the one who deprives him; and mend relations with the one who tries to sever relations with him.”

~ Transmitted by Hakim al-Mustadrak `alal Sahihayn (3:12 #3215).

Jarīr radī Allahu `anh narrated: the beloved Prophet sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam said:

“Whoever is not merciful to others, will not receive mercy; whoever does not forgive, will not be forgiven.”

~ Transmitted by Ahmed in Musnad (7:71 #19264).

`Anas bin Malik radi Allahu `anh narrates: the Master of Madinah al-Munawwarah sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam said,

“It will be announced on the Day of Judgment, ‘Whoever has there reward with Allah’s Mercy let them stand up and enter Paradise.’ It will be asked, ‘Who has this reward?’ The announcer will reply, ‘It is for those who forgave.’ Then thousands of people will stand up and enter Paradise, without any accountability.”

~ Transmitted by Tabarani in al-Mu`jam al-Awsat (1:542 #1998).

Umm al-Mu`minin Sayyidah `Ayesha (in a lengthy narration) said that the noble Prophet sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam would never return an evil act with an evil act, he sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam would rather forgive and tolerate.

~ Transmitted by Tirmidhī al-Jami` (3:409 #2023).

A person entered the court of the Merciful Prophet sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam and said, “O Prophet sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, how often should we forgive our servants?” The noble Prophet sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam remained silent. He iterated again, “O Prophet sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam how often should we forgive our servants?” “Seventy times a day”, replied the beloved Prophet sal Allahu `alayhi wa sallam.

~ Transmitted by Tirmidhī al-Jami` (3:381 #1956).

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