Written by Sami Zaatari Wednesday, 22 December 2010 12:49
One great attribute of the Quran is it’s teachings on forgiveness, often times we hear that Islam doesn’t really have a concept of forgiveness, and that Islam is a harsh religion unlike Christianity which says that one must turn the cheek.
The reality is that Islam does have a concept of forgiveness; the message of forgiveness is often repeated and taught throughout the Quran, and it is an act that is enjoined on the Muslims as we read:
Tell those who believe, to forgive those who do not look forward to the Days of Allah: It is for Him to recompense (for good or ill) each People according to what they have earned. (45:14)
The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah: for (Allah) loveth not those who do wrong. (42:40)
Those who avoid the greater crimes and shameful deeds, and, when they are angry even then forgive (42:37)
But indeed if any show patience and forgive, that would truly be an exercise of courageous will and resolution in the conduct of affairs. (42:43)
And those who came after them say: "Our Lord! Forgive us, and our brethren who came before us into the Faith, and leave not, in our hearts, rancour (or sense of injury) against those who have believed. Our Lord! Thou art indeed Full of Kindness, Most Merciful." (59:10)
We created not the heavens and the earth and all that is between them save with truth, and lo! the Hour is surely coming. So forgive, with a gracious forgiveness (15:85)
Abraham said: "Peace be on thee: I will pray to my Lord for thy forgiveness: for He is to me Most Gracious. (19:47)
Many of the followers of the Book wish that they could turn you back into unbelievers after your faith, out of envy from themselves, (even) after the truth has become manifest to them; but pardon and forgive, so that Allah should bring about His command; surely Allah has power over all things. (2:109)
Thus it is due to mercy from Allah that you deal with them gently, and had you been rough, hard hearted, they would certainly have dispersed from around you; forgive them therefore and ask pardon for them, and take counsel with them in the affair; so when you have decided, then place your trust in Allah; surely Allah loves those who trust. (3:159)
So as you can see, the concept of forgiveness is clearly taught and encouraged within the Noble the Quran, Muslims are told that it is better to overlook people’s faults and to forgive them, that we should not be harsh, even if we have been wronged, in other words, that would be turning your cheek!
And Allah Knows Best!