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Likewise this aspect should also be kept in view in the exposition and interpretation of religion. Moreover, the tone
and mode of expression of religious leaders should not be repulsive and based on sectarian hatred, rather it should
pull hearts to religion. In brief, preachers and `Ulama' must be regardful of the central point of the cause to which
they are dedicated.
Jarir bin `Abdullah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
"He who is
deprived of forbearance and gentleness is, in fact, deprived of all good.''
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: A man asked the Prophet (PBUH) to give him advice,
and he (PBUH) said,
"Do not get angry
.'' The man repeated that several times and he (PBUH) replied (every time),
"Do not get angry.''
This Hadith has already been quoted. Yet the compiler has repeated it on account of its relevance
with this chapter. It is to be noticed that an advice should be made as circumstances demand. When Messenger of
Allah (PBUH) perceived by his insight that the visitor was a person of sharp and fiery temper, he repeatedly advised
him to resist anger.
Abu Ya`la Shaddad bin `Aus (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
"Verily Allah has prescribed Ihsan (kindness) for everything. So when you kill, you must make the killing in the
best manner; when you slaughter, make your slaughter in the best manner. Let one of you sharpen his knife and give
ease to his animal (in order to reduce his pain).''
By killing is meant the killing of a harmful animal, or the killing of a murderer as retribution and the
killing of the enemy in the battlefield. All these situations warrant killing but with a stress on moderation, thanks to
Islamic teachings. A believer is told not to let his passions of enmity go wild, and even an enemy or a criminal ought
not to be put to a torturous death. In the Pre-Islamic Period of Ignorance it was a prevalent practice that the limbs of
a victim were mutilated before he was finally killed. Islam has forcefully forbidden this inhuman custom, stating that
the victim should be beheaded with the one swing of sword. Similarly, there are specific instructions regarding an
animal's slaughter. First, the knife should be sharpened. Second, the animal must not be slaughtered from its nape,
because in both ways it will suffer pain. This Shari`ah rule ensures quick death of the animal. In modern Europe, an
animal is slaughtered with one stroke of a cutting-machine. Apparently this method seems to be easy and smooth,
yet in this way the animal's blood doesn't flow out from its body completely. So the consumption of the meat of such
a kill is injurious to human health. Due to this reason, Islam considers the discharge of blood as a prerequisite to
Halal (lawful). Certainly, only the Islamic way of slaughtering an animal is more sound, scientific and wholesome.
`Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:
Whenever the Prophet (PBUH) was given a choice between
two matters, he would (always) choose the easier as long as it was not sinful to do so; but if it was sinful he was
most strict in avoiding it. He never took revenge upon anybody for his own sake; but when Allah's Legal Bindings
were outraged, he would take revenge for Allah's sake.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
The two things between which Messenger of Allah (PBUH) would make his choice could be
religious or worldly. For instance, if he were asked to award one of the two punishments to somebody, he would
choose the milder one. And if he had the liberty of choice between two obligations, he would opt for the easier one.
Between war and peace he would always go for peace, provided it involved the interest of Islam and Muslims.
Moreover, in all matters he used to take the line of least resistance, in case it went without the disobedience of Allah.
In this Hadith, a principle has been defined for Muslims in general as well that they are free to take to an easy way
but this must not entail a loophole in respect of the Shari`ah. Secondly, the most excellent character of Messenger of
Allah (PBUH) also comes to our view that he never retaliated for personal reasons. His extraordinary concern for the
sanctity of Islamic Law is also displayed by the fact that he could never brook the transgression of Allah's limits,
and the transgressor was sure to be punished by him. The Prophet's attitude also explains and delimits the sphere of
morality that to let the violator of Divine law go scot-free must not be counted as a sign of good manners. Rather it
reflects the lack of religious sensibility. Not to take exception to lapses in mundane affairs surely speaks of moral
excellence, but we are not allowed to dispense with the evasion of religious rules.
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لﺎﻗ ﻪﻨﻋ ﷲا ﻲﺿر دﻮﻌﺴﻣ ﻦﺑا ﻦﻋو
ﻢﻠѧﺳو ﻪѧﻴﻠﻋ ﷲا ﻰﻠﺻ ﷲا لﻮﺳر لﺎﻗ
مﺮѧﺤﻳ ﻦѧﻤﺑ ﻢآﺮѧﺒﺧُأ ﻻأ
رﺎﻨﻟا ﻰﻠﻋ
؟رﺎﻨﻟا ﻪﻴﻠﻋ مﺮﺤﺗ ﻦﻤﺑ وأ
ﻞﻬѧﺳ ﻦﱢﻴѧﻟ ﻦّﻴѧه ﺐѧﻳﺮﻗ ﻞѧآ ﻰﻠﻋ مﺮﺤﺗ
لﺎѧﻗو يﺬѧﻣﺮﺘﻟا ﻩاور
ﻦﺴﺣ .
Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
"Shall I not tell you
whom the (Hell) Fire is forbidden to touch? It is forbidden to touch a man who is always accessible, having polite
and tender nature.''
The Hadith throws light on a kind bearing which is rooted in Faith and saves man from Hell-fire.
The second lesson is that prior to discussing something important with somebody we should make him attentive and
receptive, so that he may take interest and put faith in what we tell him.