The Characteristic of Forgiveness
The excellence of pity, in any culture and society, is believed an emblem of generosity. It simplifies the peaceful flow of human communication and decreases anger and revolt in social relations. This is a mainly esteemed mannerism among people who hold status of authority. Such people, who are also by nature merciful, get more obedience from their juniors and assistants and consequently prove to be more active in their roles. The Quran has mentioned this excellence many times as an essential element in the flat working of society. Islam allows revenge proportionate with the degree of wrong done to a person, even though it expresses that pity in any case is a more suitable choice. A merciful attitude reinforces social bonds. This is a value that was established time and again by the Prophet (PBUH) as he pardoned the roughest of abuses and ill-treat. He lived up to the following Quranic commands completely.
Allah Almighty not only directs Muslims to forgive others but He has also enjoined them to go a step further and do good with them who have done wrong with you. In the verse number 14:34 it is clear mentioned in the Holy Quran that good actions are not equal evil actions and counter evil actions with good deeds. According to one Hadith of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), a person wo forgives others and pardons their wrong doings, I equal to those who keeps fasts and offers prayer.
Hazrat Ali, who was the fourth Caliph of Islam, many muslims visits the house of Hazrat Ali when going their by taking December umrah package, once said that one must not feel embarrassed and ashamed to pardon and forget wrongdoings of others. One must not pursue the way of punishment and avid to feel happiness and one must not become so proud of one’s power or strength to penalize other. It is better for people that they must not be annoyed and lose their temperament quickly because of mistakes of others and disappointments of those over whom you govern. Moreover, Hazrat Ali said that one must emulate the practice of patience and be sympathetic with other fellow beings. If someone adopt the method of governance through anger and desire for punishment, he could not run the affairs of the government successfully. The sayings of Hazrat Ali reflect that essence of forgiveness in the governance and affairs of the state.
On the whole, it can be stated that Islam always advocates, promotes and enjoins forgiveness, mercy and sympathy in all walks of Life. From the aforementioned discussions, some moral principles regarding the feature of forgiveness can be assumed. While performing Umrah in December or any other time of the year make sure you are neat and clean with your thoughts. First of all, Islam clearly avoids any sort of extremes like “tooth for tooth”. Islam wish to solve such issues with mutual consultation and discussions. The display of forgiveness in such circumstances is considered great and utmost job. If we go through the teachings of the Holy Quran and traditions of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), we will find the lesson and message of forgiveness and mercy at every stage of life.