Forgiveness : Prophet Muhammad’s Greatest Virtue
Forgiving is truly a virtue. In fact the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) was a figure who was known for being kind and very forgiving.
Compared to what we have to face today, the prophet (PBUH), had to endure greater trials and tribulations from the Almighty. The people of Quraysh have even spat at the prophet when he was returning home from the mosque after performing his prayers, but the prophet (PBUH) never responded to the act.
Another incident which took place in Taif was when the prophet’s (PBUH) effort to preach the word of God was refused by the locals and a young man of the Thaqif tribe threw a stone at the prophet (PBUH) and caused his leg to bleed.
However, the prophet still prayed that the people would be forgiven by Allah even though the archangel Gabriel (Jibreel) offered to destroy the people of Taif.
The approach taken by the prophet (PBUH) was to forgive and pray for the well being of the people. The act of hurting others, being temperamental and harbouring hate and vengeance towards others will disrupt one’s physical health and even increase blood pressure.
In Surah Ash-Shuraa, verse 43 Allah said “And whoever is patient and forgives – indeed, that is of the matters (requiring) determination.”
These noble virtues of forgiveness, practised by the Prophet (PBUH) should be an example followed by mankind. If someone came to seek forgiveness, the prophet (PBUH) will immediately forgive that person.
It takes a lot to forgive a person, as it requires a big heart and kind soul. A person who forgives is considered very noble as well.
Allah S.W.T said: “Take what is given freely, enjoin what is good and turn away from the ignorant.” (Sura al-A’raf, verse 199)
In another verse Allah S.W. T said: “And the retribution for an evil act is an evil one like it, but whoever pardons and makes reconciliation – his reward is [due] from Allah . Indeed, He does not like wrongdoers. ” (Sura ash-Shuraa, verse 40)
The prophet (PBUH) also said the virtue of forgiveness is the greatest part of faith as explained in the hadith by Bukhari “Patience and forgiveness is the greatest part of faith”.
Forgiveness is also an act practised by those who are obedient and loved by Allah.
Allah S.W.T said: “And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous, Who spend [in the cause of Allah ] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good.”(Sura Ali Imran, verse 133-134)
Allah S.W.T will pardon those who are forgiving. He is Most Forgiving and pardons His servants who constantly repents for the sins they have committed, be them acts which are seen or hidden. Allah said in the Holy Quran “And (remember) Allah is Most Forgiving and Most Merciful.” (Sura an-Nisa’: 25).
Allah S.W.T also pardons those who are forgiving. For Allah S.W.T is Most Noble and Most Forgiving. “If [instead] you show [some] good or conceal it or pardon an offense – indeed, Allah is ever Pardoning and Competent.” (Sura An-Nisa’: 149).
The act of forgiving must be practised anytime, and anywhere. No human is free from making mistakes thus there shouldn’t be any reason to shy away from asking for forgiveness. And we should never feel that forgiving someone is a burden for forgiveness is deemed a truly noble act in the eyes of The Almighty.