The importance of helping to make peace between others
Trying our best to help make peace between others is an important part of Islam. We read in a hadith:
Narrated Anas: It was said to the Prophet (SAW) “Would that you see `Abdullah bin Ubai.” So, the Prophet (SAW) went to him, riding a donkey, and the Muslims accompanied him, walking on salty barren land. When the Prophet (SAW) reached `Abdullah bin Ubai, the latter said, “Keep away from me! By Allah, the bad smell of your donkey has harmed me.” On that an Ansari man said (to `Abdullah), “By Allah! The smell of the donkey of Allah’s Messenger (SAW) is better than your smell.” On that a man from `Abdullah’s tribe got angry for `Abdullah’s sake, and the two men abused each other which caused the friends of the two men to get angry, and the two groups started fighting with sticks, shoes and hands. We were informed that the following Divine Verse was revealed (in this concern):– “And if two groups of Believers fall to fighting then, make peace between them.” [49.9] (Sahih Bukhari)
We learn from this about the importance of helping other people overcome their differences and resolve their problems. In another hadith, we read:
Narrated Sahl bin Sa`d: Once the people of Quba fought with each other till they threw stones on each other. When Allah’s Apostle was informed about it, he said, “Let us go to bring about a reconciliation between them.” (Sahih Bukhari)
This also highlights the significance of working towards reconciliation in the community. There are many ways in which we can ensure we are making a contribution to help others make amends. For example, within our families, if we notice any members have had a disagreement about something, we could perhaps speak to both of them in private and do what we can appropriately to help them both.
This also applies in the workplace. For example, if we notice that there is an issue between some of our colleagues, rather than ignoring the problem or instigating, our intention should be to help them resolve the issue.
There are so many benefits of helping others. Not only do we feel a sense of peace when we have provided support, but it is also something our Lord rewards us for.
Contributing in these situations also helps us to feel positive about ourselves, develop our ways of communicating, and become more patient. We feel better knowing that we have helped two people to cooperate again.
May Allah enable us to help others resolve their differences. Aameen.