Forgive People For the Sake of Rasulullah (saw)


لَقَدْ جَاءَكُمْ رَسُولٌ مِنْ أَنْفُسِكُمْ عَزِيزٌ عَلَيْهِ مَا عَنِتُّمْ

There has come to you a Messenger from among yourselves: your suffering is distressing to him…

(al-Tawbah: 128)

Sometimes people do things which hurt or offend us. And we – because of our black, hardened hearts – can’t find it within ourselves to forgive them. We want them to suffer, just like they made us suffer. But your Prophet, your Messenger – Rasulullah he wants to see that they should not suffer. On the Day of Qiyamah, his concern for his Ummah will be immense. The thought that any of his followers should be cast into the Fire causes him great anguish and distresses him greatly. His cry on that Day will be “My Ummah, my Ummah!” It was because this, because of his supreme concern for his Ummatis, that he would stand in prayer at night for so long that his feet would swell and bleed. So if you find yourself bearing a grudge against someone because of the sins they’ve committed against you, and cannot manage to forgive them out of your own, then at least do so for the sake of Rasulullah . Forgive them, so that he will be happy and smiling on that Day. Forgive them, so that he will not be grieved and sorrowful at their being punished. Think about it: if we truly are of those who claim to love him, then do we really want to be the cause of any grief befalling our beloved, Sayyiduna Rasulullah ?

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