Forgiving others
27 Aug 2011 09:29 GMT
I have been grievously wronged by someone in the past, and in my heart I am finding it very difficult to forgive him. It constantly bothers me. Will I be deprived of any of Allah's blessings if I do not forgive that person? What is the ruling with regards to not forgiving someone?

Answered by

the Fatwa Department Research Committee - chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî

If you can find it in your heart to forgive that person, it would be of great benefit to you. However, it is not obligatory on you to forgive a person if that person has wronged you and refuses to make amends by restoring to you your rights.

However, you should not be unjust to him or refuse to greet him.

It was related in our history that `Umar b. al-Khattâb never reconciled himself with the man who killed his brother Zayd, even after that man accepted Islam. At the same time, this dislike on `Umar's part did not cause `Umar to treat that man harshly or deprive him of any of his rights.

Nonetheless, you should keep in mind Allah’s saying: “Those who spend (freely) whether in prosperity, or in adversity; who restrain their anger, and pardon people; for Allah loves those who do good.” [Sûrah Al-`Imrân: 134]

Source: Islam Today

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