The pleasure of compliance!

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

One should strive to adopt this noble moral, namely forbearance. Indeed, Allah Almighty is Forbearing and Generous and loves those who are forbearing and generous among His servants.

Indeed, forbearance is one of the most noble and sublime traits.

So, show forbearance to me, my Lord, and grace from You.

Praising His Prophet Ibrāhim (Abraham) (peace be upon him), Allah Almighty says:

{Surely Abraham was forbearing, tenderhearted, and oft-turning to Allah}

[Surat Hūd: 75]

Forbearance was also a trait of Ismā‘il (Ishmael) (peace be upon him):

(So We gave him glad tidings of a forbearing boy)

[Surat as-Sāffāt: 101]

Our Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) had the greatest share of this sublime moral.

Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:

“I was with the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and he was wearing a Najrāni cloak with a thick hem. A Bedouin approached him and pulled him violently by his cloak. I looked at the neck of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon) [and saw that] it was chafed by his hard tug. The Bedouin then said: ‘O Muhammad, give me of Allah’s wealth which is with you.’ The Prophet turned t o him, laughed, an d ordered that he be given something.”

[Narrated by Al - Bukhāri and uslim]

Also, the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) praised Al-Ashajj ibn ‘Abd al-Qays, saying:“Indeed, you possess two traits that Allah loves: forbea rance and delibera t eness.”

[Narrated by Muslim]

It is reported that a female slave of Maymūn ibn Mahrān came one day with a bowl of hot soup, as he was hosting some guests. She stumbled and poured the soup on him. As Maymūn was about to beat her, she said: “My master, heed Allah’s verse that says:

{And those who restrain anger}

He said: “I do.” She further said: “Heed the subsequent part:

{And who pardon people}

He said: “I pardon you.” Then, she said: “

{And Allah loves the doers of good}

[Surat Āl ‘Imrān: 134]

” Thereupon, he said: “I will do good to you. You are free for the sake of Allah Almighty.”

Abu Hātim (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:“A wise person should remember, when he gets angry, that Allah often treats him with forbearance despite his frequent sins and violation of His prohibitions. Thereupon, he also should show forbearance and restrain his anger lest it may lead him to wrongdoing.”

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