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The Virtue of Kindness

According to Quran and Sunnah

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The Noble Qur'an 3:159

And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you; so pass over (their faults), and ask (Allah's) Forgiveness for them; and consult them in the affair. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).


The Noble Qur'an 42:43

And verily, whosoever shows patience and forgives that would truly be from the things recommended by Allah.


The Noble Qur'an 31:17-19

     O my son! Aqim-is-Salat (offer prayers perfectly), enjoin (people) for Al- Ma'ruf (Islamic Monotheism and all that is good), and forbid (people) from Al- Munkar (i.e. disbelief in the Oneness of Allah, polytheism of all kinds and all that is evil and bad), and bear with patience whatever befalls you. Verily! These are some of the important commandments ordered by Allah with no exemption.
     And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allah likes not each arrogant boaster.
     And be moderate (or show no insolence) in your walking, and lower your voice. Verily, the harshest of all voices is the voice (braying) of the ass.


Hadith - Muslim & Bukhari

"Allah is not kind to him who is not kind to people."


Hadith - Tirmidhi, Saheeh: Related by Aboo Daawood (no. 4177) and at-Tirmidhee (no. 1877). It was declared authentic by Imaam al-Albaanee in as-Saheehah (no. 417):

"He who does not thank people does not thank Allah."


Hadith - Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi

"Those who are kind and considerate to Allah's creatures, Allah bestows His kindness and affection on them. Show kindness to the creatures on the earth so that Allah may be kind to you."


The Noble Qur'an - Al-Fath 48:29

Muhammad (SAW) is the Messenger of Allâh, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. ...

In Marriage


The Noble Qur'an 30:21

And among His Signs is this, that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who reflect.

The Noble Qur'an 4:19

O ye who believe! ye are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should ye treat them with harshness that ye may take away part of the dower ye have given them except where they have been guilty of open lewdness; on the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If ye take a dislike to them it may be that ye dislike a thing and Allah brings about through it a great deal of good.


Hadith - Tirmidhi

"The most perfect of the believers is the best of you in character, and the best of you are those among you who are best to their wives."


Lenience

Hadith - Sahih Bukhari, Book 71, Ch. 16, No. 2025

Narrated 'Aisha (r.a.): "Allah's Messenger said, "Be calm, O 'Aisha!  Allah loves that, one should be kind and lenient in all matters."

Gifts


"Give gifts to one another, for gifts take away malice." (Mishkat)
"The messenger of Allah
used to accept gifts and give gifts in return." (Bukhari)

Related Links: Forgiveness  |  Patience

Action Items for the Muttaqun:

  • Show kindness, especially to the muslim

Remember... Allah, subhana watala, sees everything we do!

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