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Forgiveness: The mark of a Muslim

Published: 27/06/2013 05:43:17 AM GMT
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Allah the Most High, said: “But if we let man taste the good favors after poverty and harm have touched him, he is sure to boastfully say: Harm has departed from me. Indeed he is exultant, boastful and ungratefu (more)

Allah the Most High, said: “But if we let man taste the good favors after poverty and harm have touched him, he is sure to boastfully say: Harm has departed from me. Indeed he is exultant, boastful and ungrateful to Allah, except for those who observe patience and perform righteous deeds, for them will be forgiveness and a great reward.” (Qur'an, 11:10-11)
You all know that from the great principles which sum up the religion is: Uniting the hearts, unifying the word, and reconciling between each other, as Allah, the Most High, said: “So fear and obey Allah, and reconcile the matters of difference between yourselves.” (Qur'an, 8:10)
“And hold fast together to the rope of Allah and do not split-up.” (Qur'an, 3:103)
“And do not be like those who split-up and differed after clear proofs came to them. For those there will be a severe punishment.” (Qur'an, 3:105)
And other examples like this from the texts (of Revelation), which order us with the Jamaa’ah (upon the way of the Companions) and coming together, and prohibit splitting and differing. And the people who most exemplify this principle are Ahlul-Jamaa’ah (the people of the Jamaa’ah), just as the people who most exemplify leaving it are the people of sectarianism.
And that which sums up the Sunnah is: Obedience to the Messenger. This is why the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Indeed Allah is pleased with three things: That you worship Allah alone without associating any partner along with Him; that you hold fast altogether to the rope of Allah and not to become split-up; and that you give sincere advise to whomever Allah put in charge of your affairs.” (Muslim, Ahmad)
In the Sunan collections from the Hadith of Zayd Ibn Thabit and Ibn Mas’ud, who were both great jurisprudent (fuqaha), they relate that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “May Allah enliven whosoever hears my words, memorizes them and conveys them to others. Many a carrier of knowledge does not understand it, and many a carrier of knowledge carries it to one who has better understanding. There are three things which the heart of the believer has no malice about: Sincerity for Allah in one’s action; sincere advice to those in authority, and clinging to the Jama’ah.” (Saheeh: Related by Ahmad and Ibn Maajah. It was authenticated by Al-Albane in As-Saheehah)
And his saying, ‘...has no malice,’ means not having any contempt for them. So the heart of a Muslim does not have these characteristics. On the contrary, it loves and is pleased with them.
A person cannot be except (one of three types): Someone who sincerely strives to ascertain the truth; and is correct, or one who sincerely strives to ascertain the truth; but errs, or a sinful person. As for the first, then he is rewarded and thanked.
The second is rewarded for his ijtihad (striving to ascertain the truth), and is forgiven and excused for his error. As for the third, then may Allah forgive us, and him, and all the believers.
So we should try not to dwell upon the words of those who opposed this fundamental; by saying that so and so is deficient, or so and so did not act, or was the reason why all this occurred, or so and so used to speak about the plots of so and so; and other such similar statements which contain criticism of some of our colleagues and brothers. Rather, the likes of this criticism usually returns to the one who said it in the first place, unless he has good deeds by which Allah will forgive him — if He wills — and indeed Allah does forgive that which has preceded.
Such people, after receiving such harsh treatment, increase in the status, love, and respect that we have for them. For indeed, the likes of these trials are beneficial to the believers, because Allah corrects and improves them due to it Since the believer to another believer is like each of a pair of hands, each washes the other.
However, it happens that sometimes happens that dirt cannot be removed except with a certain amount of roughness, but that brings about cleanliness and softness, for which that roughness is praised...
You (also) all know that much of what has occurred in this matter were lies, false accusations, false suspicions, and the following of false desires, the likes of which cannot be described.
All those lies and false accusations that were directed against me, were actually a source of goodness and blessing for me. Allah, the Most High, said: “Indeed those who brought forward the lie are a small group amongst you. However, do not think that it is an evil for you. Rather, it is good for you. And every person from amongst them will be paid the sin of what they earned. And as for the one who took on the leading role in this, his will be a severe punishment.” (Qur'an, 24:11)
Through such trials, Allah manifests the light of truth and its clear proofs, which repel the falsehood and lies. I therefore do not take revenge upon any of those who lied against me, oppressed me, or showed enmity and hatred toward me. For indeed I forgive every Muslim, and I love only the good for them, and I desire for every Muslim the good that I desire for myself.
And as for those who lied and did wrong, then I have excused and forgiven them. However, whatever is connected to violating the Rights of Allah in this affair, then they should seek tawbah (repentance). After that if they turn to Allah in repentance, then Allah will turn to them in forgiveness, otherwise, the Judgement of Allah will apply to them. So if a person were to be thanked for his evil actions, then I thank all those who were the cause for this (trial) to happen to me — for it entails all the good of this world and the Hereafter.
However, Allah is thanked for His good blessing and favor by which no affair happens to a believer, except that, there is good for him in it.
And the people of good intentions are thanked for their intentions, and the people of good actions are thanked for their actions. As for those who did evil, then we ask Allah that He turns to them in forgiveness. And you all know that this is from my nature and character.
Likewise, you all know that Abu Bakr Siddiq, concerning the matter of Al-Ifq (the lie against Ayesha, his daughter, the wife of the Prophet), about which Allah revealed some verses of the Qur'an, so he swore that he would not give anymore charity to Mistaah Ibn Athathah, because Mistaah was one of those who participated in the lie.
Allah revealed: “And let not those amongst you who have been blessed with grace and wealth swear not to give any wealth or support to their relatives, or to the poor and needy, or to those who migrated in the path of Allah. Rather, let them pardon and be forgiving.
Do you not love that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is oft-forgiving, most merciful.” (Qur'an, 24:22)
When this verse was revealed, Abu Bakr said, “Rather, by Allah! I love that Allah should forgive me.” So he continued to give to Mistaah the aid and charity that he used to give before. (Bukhari)
n Source: Al-Istiqamah

Reproduced from Arab News




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