By Muhammad Luqman Pervez.
Kindness and forgiveness are among the foremost fundamental premises of life. As a matter of fact, they can reunite shattered hearts, eradicate problems and bring light in times of darkness as Mark Twian said, “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”.
We cannot afford to for sake these important principles as it will have severe consequences on our lives. For instance, a couple went through divorce a few days back, had any of them dealt the situation with respect, their relationship would not have been ceased, few harsh words resulted in their breakup. Unfortunately, these stories have become part of our daily routine. All to dismay, people believe their Ignorant behavior would escalate their self esteem which is an absurd idea. A car accident had taken place in our area a year before, frankly speaking it was an ordinary accident which was exaggerated by discourtesy of people involved in it. The one who was responsible for the mishap thought it was against his prestige to apologize for his wrong doings and strove to put blame on the other driver, who considered forgiveness as an outrage. They had exchange of impertinent words, had a fight and the situation became more complex, it eventually ended in the form of FIR (first investigation report) and both of them were sentenced to jail. Just imagine, a few words of courtesy and politeness could have saved tension between the families.
Islam adores forgiveness and kindness. The holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH was the greatest man ever to walk on this planet. His life is exemplary for the entire mankind. An old woman used to throw rubbish whenever the Prophet passed by her home. Once he found the old woman missing as she was sick on her bed. The Prophet politely asked permission to visit the woman. When allowed he entered the home, the woman thought that he had come there to take his revenge when she was unable to defend herself because of sickness. However, the Prophet assured her that he had come to her, not to take any revenge, but to see her and to look after her needs, as it was the command of Allah to help people. She embraced Islam as she was highly impressed by the deeds of the prophet. Non-believers of Makkah tortured the Prophet in every possible manner before his migration. On the day of conquest of Makkah, everyone feared his confrontation on the basis of what they did to him in the past, but astonishingly, he proclaimed forgiveness rather than revenge.
Forgiveness and kindness were a recurrent theme throughout the history of the expansion of Islam. When crusaders conquered Jerusalem they demonstrated one of the worst example of wickedness. They massacred innocent civilians, dragged women on the floor, took infants from the arms of their mothers and smashed them against the walls. On the other side of coin, when King Salahuddin Ayubi, commander of Muslim army, retook Jerusalem, he ordered his army not to harm any civilian as he believed that Islamic principles were more important than violence.
In this of world of crisis and conflicts, supreme principles like forgiveness and kindness can overcome melancholy, cheer broken hearts and hinder hatred. Let’s make a promise to ourselves that we will strive to follow the teachings of Islam and adopt kindness and forgiveness in our lives.