لايَكُونَنَّ أخُوكَ عَلَى الإساءَةِ إلَيْكَ أقْوى مِنْكَ عَلَى الإحْسانِ۔

Let not your brother be stronger in his iniquity towards you than you are in your goodness [towards him].



Let not your brother be stronger in his iniquity towards you than you are...

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: Good Turns And Benevolent Actions)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

The provided Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) serves as a profound reminder for Muslims to maintain their goodness and kindness towards others, even in the face of adversity or mistreatment. Let us delve into the deeper meaning of this Hadith and explore its implications in light of the Quran.

The key words in this Hadith are (your brother) "أخُوكَ", (iniquity) "الإساءَةِ", and (goodness) "الإحْسانِ". The term "أخُوكَ" emphasizes the importance of treating others as brothers and sisters in faith, regardless of any differences or conflicts that may arise. It highlights the unity and bond that should exist within the Muslim community.

The word "الإساءَةِ" refers to acts of wrongdoing, injustice, or harm. It encompasses any form of mistreatment, whether it be physical, verbal, or emotional. Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) advises us not to let our brothers or sisters overpower us in their wrongdoing towards us.

On the other hand, "الإحْسانِ" represents acts of goodness, kindness, and benevolence. It encompasses treating others with respect, compassion, and fairness, even in the face of adversity. Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) urges us to maintain our strength and steadfastness in practicing goodness towards others, regardless of how they may treat us.

To understand the significance of this Hadith, let us turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) repeatedly emphasizes the importance of forgiveness, kindness, and patience in dealing with others. In Surah Al-Imran, Allah says, (Quran 3:133)

And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous

This verse encourages Muslims to be quick in forgiving others, even when they have been wronged. It reminds us that forgiveness is not a sign of weakness, but rather a manifestation of strength and righteousness. By forgiving others and treating them with kindness, we pave the way for our own salvation and the attainment of Paradise.

Another verse that supports the message of this Hadith is found in Surah Fussilat, where Allah says, (Quran 41:34)

Repel [evil] by that which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend

This verse encourages Muslims to respond to evil with goodness and to replace enmity with friendship. It teaches us that responding to wrongdoing with kindness and benevolence has the power to transform relationships and foster reconciliation. By practicing goodness towards others, we can overcome animosity and build bridges of understanding and compassion.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) exemplified these teachings throughout his life. His unparalleled knowledge, wisdom, and patience enabled him to respond to even the harshest treatment with kindness and forgiveness. He forgave those who wronged him, showed mercy to his enemies, and treated all individuals with respect and fairness.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) serves as a powerful reminder for Muslims to maintain their goodness and kindness towards others, even in the face of mistreatment. It encourages us to respond to wrongdoing with forgiveness, to replace enmity with friendship, and to strive for unity within the Muslim community. By embodying the principles of this Hadith and following the teachings of the Quran, we can create a society characterized by love, compassion, and harmony. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the strength and wisdom to practice these virtues in our daily lives.

. : . (Readers are advised to verify the sources mentioned above, and to independently research for an accurate understanding of Hadith. Remember, personal research and seeking guidance from scholars are essential in gaining a better insight. Please, do contact us if you find any wrong citations or explanations.)

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