مَنّ تَألّفَ النَّاسَ أحَبُّوهُ۔

One who is amiable towards people is loved by them.



One who is amiable towards people is loved by them.

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: The Brother, The Friend, The Associate And The Companion)

Personal Reflection

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

The Arabic Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states,

مَنّ تَألّفَ النَّاسَ أحَبُّوهُ۔

This can be translated as,

One who is amiable towards people is loved by them.

Let us delve into the essence of this Hadith in light of the Quran.

The word (ta'allafa) "تَألَّفَ" in this Hadith is derived from the root word (alaafa) "عَلَفَ", which means to be friendly, to show affection, and to be kind towards others. It implies building strong and harmonious relationships with people by displaying empathy, compassion, and understanding. This Hadith emphasizes the importance of fostering positive connections with others and highlights the reciprocal nature of love and kindness.

The Quran beautifully echoes this sentiment in several verses. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah Al-Hujurat (49:13),

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 emphasizes the importance of knowing and understanding one another, regardless of our differences. It encourages us to embrace diversity and build bridges of love and friendship among people.

Furthermore, in Surah Al-Isra (17:53), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says,

And tell My servants to say that which is best. Indeed, Satan induces [dissension] among them. Indeed Satan is ever, to mankind, a clear enemy.

This verse highlights the significance of speaking kindly and choosing words that promote unity and harmony. It reminds us to be mindful of our speech and to avoid causing division and discord among people.

Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) Hadith emphasizes the importance of being amiable towards others. When we treat people with kindness, respect, and understanding, we create an environment of love and acceptance. This fosters strong bonds and builds trust among individuals and communities. It is through these positive interactions that we can truly understand and appreciate one another's perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) was known for his exceptional knowledge and wisdom. His teachings and actions serve as a shining example for us to follow. He understood the power of kindness and its ability to transform relationships and societies. By being amiable towards others, we not only gain their love and respect but also create a positive ripple effect that can inspire others to do the same.

When we embody the teachings of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) and strive to be amiable towards people, we contribute to the betterment of society. Our actions have the potential to break down barriers, bridge gaps, and promote unity among Muslims and beyond. By displaying kindness and compassion, we become ambassadors of Islam, reflecting the true essence of our faith.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) teaches us the importance of being amiable towards people. It reminds us that by treating others with kindness and respect, we can foster love and build strong relationships. This Hadith aligns perfectly with the teachings of the Quran, which emphasize the significance of understanding, unity, and speaking words that promote harmony. Let us strive to embody these teachings in our daily lives and become beacons of love and compassion in our communities. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) guide us all on the path of righteousness and enable us to be amiable towards others.

. : . (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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