Divine Wisdom: The passage, “Repel evil by that which is better, and then the one who is hostile to you will become as a devoted friend.” Surah Fussilat – QN41:34, reminds us that, though the thought of, ‘an eye for an eye’ as a way of settling issues may sound harsh to us, even as in Surah Al-Maaida – QN5:45. This was an enormous step forward in the ancient legal world, where oppressive people could kill for the slightest injury because though the law limited retribution by teaching proportional justice, it still left us with the problem of how to avoid the temptation to respond harshly and unjustly to wrong done to us; And in this regard, “whoever gives up his right of retaliation as charity, it is an expiation for him.” Surah Al-Maaida – QN5:45
In other words, when it is our turn to respond, we should “Show forgiveness, enjoin what is good, and turn away from the ignorant.” Surah Al-A’raf – QN7:199
So let the knowledge that:
1) God alone can answer the question of how much those who hurt us should pay back in return;
2) Rather than take revenge on others, we should leave room for His wrath, because it is His responsibility to avenge and He will repay equally; and
3) Instead of being overcome by evil, we should strive to overcome evil with good;
Teach you, this new week, in order to heap burning coals on your enemy, to listen to him in his wrath of anger without saying a word, feed him if hungry and give him something to drink, if thirsty. That’s the only way you can enjoy a peaceful life and move on to greater successes unhindered!
Pray with me: O Allah! Grant me the patience to act according to Your ways. Fill my life with divine joy, help me to put into good use that which You have endowed me with, order my steps to greater successes and let me have cause to be joyful everyday of my life. Amin
Good morning and have a Great week ahead!