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Allah, the Exalted, says:

"...who repress anger, and who pardon men; verily, Allah loves Al-
Muhsinun (the good-doers).'' (3:134)

"Show forgiveness, enjoin what is good, and turn away from the foolish
(i.e., don't punish them).'' (7:199)

"The good deed and the evil deed cannot be equal. Repel (the evil)
with one which is better (i.e., Allah orders the faithful believers to
be patient at the time of anger, and to excuse those who treat them
badly) then verily he, between whom and you there was enmity, (will
become) as though he was a close friend. But none is granted it (the
above quality) except those who are patient - and none is granted it
except the owner of the great portion (of happiness in the Hereafter,
i.e., Jannah and of a high moral character) in this
world.'' (41:34,35)

"And verily, whosoever shows patience and forgives that would truly be
from the things recommended by Allah.'' (42:43)

632. Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger
of Allah (PBUH) said to Ashaj Abdul-Qais (May Allah be pleased with
him), "You possess two qualities that Allah loves. These are clemency
and tolerance.''

Commentary: This Hadith teaches us to adopt a patient, mild and
discreet attitude towards others. Moreover, there is a provision for
praising somebody in his presence, provided there is no likelihood of
his being conceited. The Hadith also provides inspiration for the
cultivation of good habits.

633. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger
of Allah (PBUH) said, "Allah is Forbearer and loves forbearance in all
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: Mildness also brings human beings closer to one another,
and on this count, Allah likes it very much.

634. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet
(PBUH) said, "Allah is Forbearer and He loves forbearance, and rewards
for forbearance while He does not reward severity, and does not give
for any thing besides it (forbearance).''

Commentary: Mildness is the opposite of harshness. Allah enjoins
softness and dislikes stiffness in human relations. Allah assures of
reward for gentle behaviour in society, not for unkindness or anything
like that. However, inflexibility is preferred to flexibility when
there arises a question of religious matters and the limits set by

635. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Prophet
(PBUH) said, "Whenever forbearance is added to something, it adorns
it; and whenever it is withdrawn from something, it leaves it

Commentary: To be soft-spoken is such a quality that by virtue of
which a man is not only endeared to people but also to Allah. And by
being bereft of it, he not only becomes a contempt incarnate in the
eyes of people but also with Allah.

636. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: A bedouin
urinated in the mosque and some people rushed to beat him up. The
Prophet (PBUH) said: "Leave him alone and pour a bucket of water over
it. You have been sent to make things easy and not to make them

Commentary: This Hadith brings into light the fact that leniency is
also vitally needed in the sphere of education and discipline. This is
particularly true in the case of ignorant and ill-bred people. This is
so because if they are treated unkindly, they will become more
indocile on account of their wild temperament and foolishness. A kind
handling is indispensable for putting them to discipline, even if they
make desperate blunders. This Hadith is very beneficial with regard to
the way of Da`wah, guidance and practical education. Another point
this Hadith discloses is that the flow of water can wipe out dirt and
impurity, and make the place free from its effect.

637. Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH)
said, "Make things easy and do not make them difficult, cheer the
people up by conveying glad tidings to them and do not repulse
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: This Hadith informs us that preaching, sermons, religious
discourses and moral advice all should concentrate on such things as
may be helpful to people in being inclined towards gaining religious
knowledge. Likewise this aspect should also be kept in view in the
exposition and interpretation of religion. Moreover, the tone and mode
of expression of religious leaders should not be repulsive and based
on sectarian hatred, rather it should pull hearts to religion. In
brief, preachers and `Ulama' must be regardful of the central point of
the cause to which they are dedicated.

638. Jarir bin `Abdullah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "He who is deprived of forbearance and
gentleness is, in fact, deprived of all good.''

639. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: A man
asked the Prophet (PBUH) to give him advice, and he (PBUH) said, "Do
not get angry.'' The man repeated that several times and he (PBUH)
replied (every time), "Do not get angry.''

Commentary: This Hadith has already been quoted. Yet the compiler has
repeated it on account of its relevance with this chapter. It is to be
noticed that an advice should be made as circumstances demand. When
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) perceived by his insight that the visitor
was a person of sharp and fiery temper, he repeatedly advised him to
resist anger.

640. Abu Ya`la Shaddad bin `Aus (May Allah be pleased with him)
reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Verily Allah has prescribed
Ihsan (kindness) for everything. So when you kill, you must make the
killing in the best manner; when you slaughter, make your slaughter in
the best manner. Let one of you sharpen his knife and give ease to his
animal (in order to reduce his pain).''

Commentary: By killing is meant the killing of a harmful animal, or
the killing of a murderer as retribution and the killing of the enemy
in the battlefield. All these situations warrant killing but with a
stress on moderation, thanks to Islamic teachings. A believer is told
not to let his passions of enmity go wild, and even an enemy or a
criminal ought not to be put to a torturous death. In the Pre-Islamic
Period of Ignorance it was a prevalent practice that the limbs of a
victim were mutilated before he was finally killed. Islam has
forcefully forbidden this inhuman custom, stating that the victim
should be beheaded with the one swing of sword. Similarly, there are
specific instructions regarding an animal's slaughter. First, the
knife should be sharpened. Second, the animal must not be slaughtered
from its nape, because in both ways it will suffer pain. This Shari`ah
rule ensures quick death of the animal. In modern Europe, an animal is
slaughtered with one stroke of a cutting-machine. Apparently this
method seems to be easy and smooth, yet in this way the animal's blood
doesn't flow out from its body completely. So the consumption of the
meat of such a kill is injurious to human health. Due to this reason,
Islam considers the discharge of blood as a prerequisite to Halal
(lawful). Certainly, only the Islamic way of slaughtering an animal is
more sound, scientific and wholesome.

641. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: Whenever the
Prophet (PBUH) was given a choice between two matters, he would
(always) choose the easier as long as it was not sinful to do so; but
if it was sinful he was most strict in avoiding it. He never took
revenge upon anybody for his own sake; but when Allah's Legal Bindings
were outraged, he would take revenge for Allah's sake.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: The two things between which Messenger of Allah (PBUH)
would make his choice could be religious or worldly. For instance, if
he were asked to award one of the two punishments to somebody, he
would choose the milder one. And if he had the liberty of choice
between two obligations, he would opt for the easier one. Between war
and peace he would always go for peace, provided it involved the
interest of Islam and Muslims. Moreover, in all matters he used to
take the line of least resistance, in case it went without the
disobedience of Allah. In this Hadith, a principle has been defined
for Muslims in general as well that they are free to take to an easy
way but this must not entail a loophole in respect of the Shari`ah.
Secondly, the most excellent character of Messenger of Allah (PBUH)
also comes to our view that he never retaliated for personal reasons.
His extraordinary concern for the sanctity of Islamic Law is also
displayed by the fact that he could never brook the transgression of
Allah's limits, and the transgressor was sure to be punished by him.
The Prophet's attitude also explains and delimits the sphere of
morality that to let the violator of Divine law go scot-free must not
be counted as a sign of good manners. Rather it reflects the lack of
religious sensibility. Not to take exception to lapses in mundane
affairs surely speaks of moral excellence, but we are not allowed to
dispense with the evasion of religious rules.

642. Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of
Allah (PBUH) said, "Shall I not tell you whom the (Hell) Fire is
forbidden to touch? It is forbidden to touch a man who is always
accessible, having polite and tender nature.''

Commentary: The Hadith throws light on a kind bearing which is rooted
in Faith and saves man from Hell-fire. The second lesson is that prior
to discussing something important with somebody we should make him
attentive and receptive, so that he may take interest and put faith in
what we tell him.

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