Gentleness, O People of the Sunnah, With the People of the Sunnah By: ‘Abdul-Muḥsin al-‘Abbâd (Part 4)

Gentleness and Lenience

Allah described His prophet Muḥammad Sallallahu alayhi was sallam as being upon a tremendous character, for He A said, (And you are surely upon a tremendous character) (68:4). He described him with gentleness and lenience, for He said, (So because of mercy from Allah, you were lenient with them. If you were crude, harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from around you) (3:159).

He described him with mercy and graciousness with the believers, for He said, (A messenger has certainly come to you from yourselves. What distresses you is hurtful for him. [He is] eager for you; gracious [and] compassionate with the believers) (9:128).

The Messenger of Allah commanded gentleness and desired it, for he said, «Be easy and do not
be difficult; be welcoming and do not be alienating.»

[Published by al-Bukhârî (no. 69) and Muslim (no. 1734) from the ḥadîth of Anas. Muslim published it from Abî Mūsâ and its wording is, «Be welcoming and do not be alienating; be easy and do not be difficult.»]

In his Ṣaḥîḥ (no. 220), al-Bukhârî narrated from Abî Hurairah that in the story of the Bedouin who urinated in the mosque, Allah’s messenger  said to his Companions, «Invite him and spill a bucket of water or a tumbler of water on his urine. For you were certainly sent as facilitators, you were not sent as those who make things difficult.»

al-Bukhârî narrated (no. 6927) from ‘Â’ishah that Allah’s messenger said, «O ‘Â’ishah! surely Allah is gentle; He loves gentleness in all of the affair.»

It was narrated by Muslim (no. 2593) with the wording, «O ‘Â’ishah! surely Allah is gentle; He loves gentleness and gives due to gentleness what He does not give due to harshness and what He does not give due to what is equivalent to it.» In his Ṣaḥîḥ (no. 2594),

Muslim narrated from ‘Â’ishah, from the Prophet [who] said, «Surely, gentleness does not exist in anything except that it beautifies it and it is not removed from anything except that it disfigures it.» Muslim also narrated (no. 2592) from Jarîr bin ‘Abdillah from the Prophet [who] said, «Whoever forbids gentleness, he forbids good.»

Allah had commanded the two noble prophets, Mūsâ and Hârūn, to invite Pharaoh
with gentleness and lenience, for He said, (Go to Pharaoh. Surely, he has transgressed. ! Then make a lenient statement to him, perhaps he will remember or fear [Me]) (20:43-44).

Allah described the noble Companions with the compassion in what is between them, for He said, (Muḥammad is Allah’s messenger and those who are with him stern against the disbelievers and merciful between themselves) (48:29).

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