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19 November 2018 CE | 10 Rabbi al-Awwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Punishment Withheld from Forbearer


The Prophet (sal allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah will withhold His punishment on the Day of Qiyaamah from one who withholds his anger.” [Mishkaat]

On an occasion an Alim became displeased with his employee and began scolding him with these words, “Why did you commit such a foolish act?” To this he replied, “Forgive me for I have erred since I am a human being after all.” The Alim retorted,
 “You have committed this error no less than a dozen times, had it been once or twice it could be understood but you have gone way beyond the limit. You keep committing this error, how long do you expect me to tolerate your faults?” Another Alim who was sitting close by whispered in his ears, “Tolerate him as much as you desire to be tolerated on the Day of Qiyaamah.”

Therefore, one should forgive in proportion to the forgiveness one anticipates for oneself. Do not say, “How much must I tolerate?” Keep on forgiving without measure.

We should remember that people’s intellect is not all at one level. There are those whose faculties are deficient. Therefore, deal with people according to the level of their intellect. Do not have the same expectation from each of them. I spite of being aware of others’ limitations people still say, “He understands fully well but is merely doing this to irritate me.” Is this form of suspicion permissible? [Peace of Mind by Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar]

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