Prohibition of Nurturing Rancor and Enmity

Allah, the Exalted, says:
“The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Islamic religion).” (49:10)

Anas bin Malik (RA) said: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Do not harbor grudge against one another, nor jealousy, nor enmity; and do not show your backs to one another; and become as fellow brothers and slaves of Allah. It is not lawful for a Muslim to avoid speaking with his brother beyond three days.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “The gates of Jannah are opened on Mondays and Thursdays, and then every slave (of Allah) is granted forgiveness if he does not associate anything with Allah in worship. But the person in whose heart there is rancor against his (Muslim) brother, they will not be pardoned and with regard to them it will be said twice: ‘Hold both of them until they are reconciled with each other.”

Islam encourages benevolence and kindness towards fellow human beings. It teaches us to be compassionate. Harboring grudge and ill-will against one another is prohibited is Islam. Nor jealousy because it signifies that a certain Muslim when granted any blessing by Allah then the other wishes that the former be deprived of it. In the hadith “Do not show your backs to one another” means that if you come across one another, exchange salutations rather than avoid each other. Since all such things create quarrel and discord that are strictly forbidden in Islam. In situations of discord Muslims are required to forgive, resume their conversation and contacts after a maximum period of three days. Any extension beyond the specified period is prohibited. The Hadith also says that any mutual enmity, grudge and malice deprive a man from Jannah in the Hereafter.


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