Divine Wisdom: The passage,
“…And let not those of virtue among you and wealth swear not to give aid to their relatives and the needy and the emigrants for the cause of Allah, and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful” QN24:22, reminds us that you do forgiveness for yourself because it moves you on. The fact that it can also heal the perpetrator is the icing on the cake. So we should understand that the answer to a misunderstanding is forgiveness, we should ask for what we can learn from the experience, how to respond in a more Islamic like manner, if we are willing to acknowledge our mistakes and how we can grow wiser and better handle similar experiences in the future.
In other words, forgiveness, rather than the meaning we necessarily agree with or want to close a relationship with the person who mistreated us, means we simply should choose to let it go.
So let the knowledge that:
1) When others cut us down, throw us out, smear or blacken our name to discredit us, it is because the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable;
2) By refusing to let another person dictate our mood and our outlook, we take back our power and keep your joy; and 3) To be great is to be misunderstood, but to be greater, is to forgive those who have treated us badly;
Teach you, when next you are treated badly, to always remember that Our beloved Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever suffers an injury and forgives the person responsible, God will raise his status to a higher degree and remove one of his sins.”! TGIF
Pray with me: O Allah! Thank you for your gift of forgiveness. Your mercy flows to me in spite of my faults and failures. Help me demonstrate unconditional love today, even to those who hurt me, so that I may continue to enjoy more of Your endless Love, mercy and favour.
Good morning. Jumah Kareem and a relaxing weekend ahead!