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Title:Tolerance by the Prophet’s Companions Abu Bakr al Siddiq (as an example) Category:Seera Source:Dr. Fatima al Ali,2019   Description:if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from God
Tolerance in Islam is not only intrinsic, but also a value well established by the Prophet (PBUH) through practical stances during his life. No wonder, his companions being his adherent disciples, followed suit. For instance, Abu Bakr al Siddiq (may God be pleased with him) forgave Mustah bin Authatha who slandered his daughter Aesha through the Ifk. However, when she was proved innocent, Abu Bakr al Siddiq, who used to spend on Mustah as a poor relative, said: ‘I will not spend on him any more for the defamation caused’. God revealed, ‘Those among you who are blessed with resources and wealth shall be charitable towards their relatives, the poor, and those who have immigrated for the sake of GOD. They shall treat them with kindness and tolerance; do you not love to attain GOD's forgiveness? GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful’. 24:22. Then, Abu Bakr reacted: ‘Yes, I would love that God forgive me’; thus, he resumed spending on Mustah, and promised not to cease the deed ‘forever’. Bukhari: 4141 . The sadness felt by Abu Bakr al Siddiq because of the defamation was that Aesha was not only his daughter, but also the wife of the Prophet (PBUH). The feeling was aggravated, as the rumormonger was his relative Mustah bin Authatha al Mutlabi.  Nevertheless, he sacredly composed himself and forgave, out of hope in God’s forgiveness: ‘… if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from God…’ 42:40. Such gentleness is so farfetched, except for those who are nobly altruist .