Good Deeds Challenge #5

“In the Qur’an, Allah has described the Believers as ‘those who avoid major sins and acts of indecencies and when they are angry they forgive.’ (ash-Shura 42: 37) Later in the same Surah Allah says, ‘The reward of the evil is the evil thereof, but whosoever forgives and makes amends, his reward is upon Allah.’ (al-Shura 42: 40) In another place the Qur’an says, ‘If you punish, then punish with the like of that wherewith you were afflicted. But if you endure patiently, indeed it is better for the patient. Endure you patiently. Your patience is not except through the help of Allah.’(an-Nahl:126-127)” -Taken from article on forgiveness by Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqui

“Let not those among you who are endued with grace and amplitude of means resolve by oath against helping their kinsmen, those in want and those who migrated in the path of Allah. Let them forgive and overlook. Do you not wish that Allah should forgive you? Indeed Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Al-Nur 24:22)

All that is good is from ALLAH (SWT), we know that without question. How often do you ask for ALLAH’s (SWT) forgiveness and rely upon his mercy. Every day we recite his names, “the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.” Read the verse above from the Quran, and think of how many others there are that deliver the same message. Reflect upon their significance, search for the mercy and humility within yourself, and actively seek to forgive someone. This is a difficult task if you sincerely relinquish the enmity, anger, and resentment within your heart and vow to never revisit them again. This may take several attempts, but try to begin the process this week. Heal your hearts with sincerity of intention, and reliance upon the promise of ALLAH (SWT).

We are human- humans make mistakes. But we also have the ability to amend our mistakes, and forgive others’ mistakes. What hope would humanity have without the blessings of mercy and forgiveness?! Remember to strive to be the better person. A heart that forgives and harbors no ill increases its ability to be filled with peace and happiness. I know that sounds sickly trite, but in these very erratic (and too infrequent) times of introspection, sometimes they can serve as much-needed inspiration.

May ALLAH (SWT) help us all. Ameen.

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~ by deedschallenge on March 22, 2008.

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