Tolerance is a basic principle of Islam. It is a religious moral duty. Every messenger who came to spread the religion of Allah was very tolerant and patient toward people. Therefore it is very important for Muslims to be tolerant and patient as it is a part of faith as said by our beloved Holy Prophet (SAW):
“Eemaan (faith) is patience and tolerance”
Even in Quran, ALLAH told us to be tolerant and patient in our life.
“Those among you who are blessed with resources and wealth shall be charitable towards their relatives, the poor, and those who have immigrated for the sake of GOD. They shall treat them with kindness and tolerance; do you not love to attain GOD’s forgiveness? GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.” Al-Quran 24:022
In another place, ALLAH says;
“You shall resort to pardon, advocate tolerance, and disregard the ignorant.” Al-Quran 7:199
Tolerance And Forgiveness
Dear fellows have you ever noticed that Tolerance and forgiveness is the gift of Allah given to us. We make uncountable sins and Allah forgives us and tolerates our mistakes.
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said Allah tells us:
“O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you” (Al-Tirmidhi).
Subhan’Allah (Glory be to Allah) there is no limit to Allah’s forgiveness, even though our mistakes are numerous.
But how sad it is to think that how seldom we are able to forgive each other and how often we are impetuously intolerant toward one another.
The Prophet ﷺ said that:
“Whoever suffers an injury and forgives (the person responsible), God will raise his status to a higher degree and remove one of his sins” (Al-Tirmidhi).
Peace And Tolerance
The Islamic tradition teaches us that peace is achieved through tolerance, forgiveness, and responding to evil with good. This is a three-tiered approach that gives human beings the opportunity to increasing spiritual efforts.
The concept of tolerance is achieved when you are dealing with your fellows.
“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted”.
This verse clearly states that diversity among human beings is just to differentiate one from the other. Otherwise all Human beings are equal in the eyes of Allah.
Tolerance comes from our recognition of:
1. The dignity of the human beings,
2. The basic equality of all human beings,
3. Universal human rights, and
4. Fundamental freedom of thought, conscience and belief.
Islam emphasizes the establishment of equality and justice, both of these values cannot be established without some degree of tolerance.
The Qur’an speaks about the basic dignity of all human beings. The Prophet(SAW), , spoke about the equality of all human beings, regardless of their race, color, language or ethnic background.
Dear fellows Life is too short. Let us think about ourselves. Let us not waste our energy on and seeking revenge against our enemies why not progressively minimize our anger day by day. And try to shatter off the feelings of anger and hatred from our hearts, in sha Allah (God willing).
Judge your own faults instead of criticizing on the mistakes and faults of others. While realizing our mistakes we should ask for forgiveness to those whom he had misbehaved and also forgive those who broke our heart. Because the Prophet (SAW) taught us that:
“Whoever does not show mercy will not be shown mercy” (Al-Bukhari).
And we must keep in mind that however we treat others is how Allah will treat us.
Let us be tolerant and forgiving towards others.