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18 June 2019 CE | 15 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Self-Centred or Allah-Centred

Aisha (radi Allahu anha) said: “The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) never sought revenge for himself.…He was never harmed in regards to his person that he ever sought revenge from the one who harmed him, unless if one of Allah’s sanctities were violated, in which case, Allah would avenge him.” [Muslim]

What is the difference between anger for your own sake and anger for Allah’s sake?

Suppose one of your relatives asks you for some money. You have graciously always helped your relative but this time you are not in a position to help him. Your relative gets offended and tells everybody how stingy and selfish you are and how you don’t care for your relatives.

What do you do? How angry would you be? You may start bad mouthing him and back biting about him in return; how ungrateful he is and how he wastes his money and then asks from others. You tell all about the many favours you have done him, and how he has forgotten about them.

Such behaviour on your part would ruin the reward of all the good deeds you have done, it would even accrue bad deeds onto your record, while bearing his harmful tongue would have increased your good deeds.

But the point to consider here is how you would have reacted had it been Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) who had been insulted by this relative. Allah’s favours pour unceasingly on us everyday. If despite this, the relative had said, “I pray five times a day and do all that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has commanded, yet He still does not enrich me like He has enriched so-and-so,” would you have gotten as angry for Allah’s honour being attacked, His wisdom and sincerity being questioned, and His favours being overlooked, as you did for your own sake?

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