KINDNESS AND GENTLENESS – Book Sample
Introduction – KINDNESS AND GENTLENESS
All praise is for Allah; we praise Him and seek His Help and Forgiveness. And we seek refuge in Allah, Most High, from the evil of our own selves and from our wicked deeds. Whomsoever Allah has guided, none can misguide him. And whomsoever has been left astray by Allah none can guide him. And I bear witness that there is no god worthy of being worshipped except Allah, alone without partner or associate. I further bear witness that Muhammad is His true worshipper and Messenger
Undoubtedly, the heart leans towards those who are kind and gentle. It was said a long time ago: “Make your face happy and your words gentle, and you will be more beloved to the people than those who give them a gift.” ((Refer to Kitab Az-Zuhd by Hunaad ibn As-Sirriy (narration# 1278).))
Likewise, it is a part of human nature to turn away from severity and harsh heartedness even if it were to come from (our Prophet who is) the best of Allah the Most High’ s creatures (). Allah the Most High says:
(… And had you been severe and harsh hearted, they would have broken away from about you … ) ((Sura Al-‘Imran; 159)).
The one calling to the religion of Islam has the utmost need to gather the people around him, and cause their hearts co lean cowards him so that they will listen to him and follow him. Adorning himself with kindness and gentleness helps to achieve that goal – with the Grace of Allah.
On the other band, sometimes those being called to Islam turn away from the caller simply because of what he is calling to. That is because he has gone against what many of them want and has contradicted their desires in as much as he is encouraging them to do something that they don’t want to do, and is warning them against doing something that they enjoy.
Where the Value of kindness comes in
However, with the help of Allah, this turning away can be avoided all together or (considerably) lessened, if the caller has the characteristics of kindness and gentleness.
Texts in the Noble Qut’an and the pure (authentic) Sunnah clearly explain how important it is for the one calling to Islam to adorn himself with kindness. Likewise, (our Prophet () who is) the leader of aU callers to the religion of Islam and their role model () is an example of how to use kindness when calling to the religion of Allah the Most High (Islam). Also, many of the scholars have emphasized how important it is for the one calling to Islam to adorn himself with kindness.
However, there are some circumstances when severity and harshness should be used instead of kindness and gentleness. Texts in the Qur,an and the (authentic) Sunnah dearly explain the different methods of da’wah used by the Noble Messenger (of Allah ), as well as the
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