Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
“Be reconciled with the one who has broken with you, pardon the one who has been unjust to you, and forgive the one who denies you.”
– A saying of the Prophet (pbuh)
How many of us live up to this blessed tradition, instead of carrying around past resentments, slights, hurts, angers, injustices, and injuries, like chains weighing down our lives, and veils over our heart. I know I have been guilty of this, may Allah forgive me. And we still find it hard to let go and forgive, even though we pray and hope and beg and plead for Allah forgiveness for ourselves.
Alhamdulillah! How great is God’s bounty that we will soon celebrate Thanksgiving in the US, and give thanks for all that He has bestowed upon us. But what thanks are accepted by Him when we are thankless to those that grieved us by not also forgiving them?
In the words of Sa’di from the Gulistan (The Rose Garden):
When you are mistreated, put up with it;
Forgiving purifies you from sin.
As you will turn to dust in the end,
Become dust before you reach that end.
Note: This post is edited and updated from a previous one written two years ago.