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Title:Milestones of Tolerance by the Prophet’s Companions/2 Category:Seera Source:Dr. Fatima al Ali,2019   Description:Tolerance is such a great humane principle
Tolerance is such a great humane principle and value loaded with nobility that liberalizes heart, purifies spirit and enhances compassion and amicability and empathy among people.
Being tolerant and forgiving while able to retaliate is of special kind, for the self-purity, good temperament and strong faith that it denotes to elevate status not only in this world, but also in the world to come.
Of the practical evidences of tolerance shown by the companions of the Prophet (PBUH), is the anecdote of Omar Ibn al khattab with Oyyna Ibn Hosn, who was hosted by his nephew al Hor Ibn Ghais as he came home after a trip. The host, being one of the memorizers of the Qur’an, was close to Omar who used to seek the memorizers’ advice regardless of their age. Oyyna asked his nephew if he could introduce him to the Leader of the Faithful. Ibn Abbas related that no sooner Oyyna had the permission to enter, than he voiced ‘O Ibn al Khattab, by God, you neither give us that much nor you judge justly between us’. Omer got furious thereupon and was about to take the man had it not been for the intervention of al Hor who appealed, ‘O Leader of the Faithful, God said to his Prophet (PBHU) "Hold to forgiveness; command what is right; and leave (don't punish) the foolish." (7.199). The man is one of the foolish’! Being observant of the Book of God, Omer abided by the verse accordingly. Sahih Bukhari: 4642.
Therefore, if it is wonderful to forgive while having the upper hand to strike, it is equally pleasing to meet that which is bad, with that which is good. For being kind is not only truly characteristic to Islam, but also the logo of its civilization as a concluding and valid religion irrespective of time and venue. Hence, it is incumbent upon Muslims to be tolerant at all times, to live in peace, as ‘you reap what you sow’, and God will forgive as you forgive.