Learn Forgiveness From Abu Bakr (RA)
by Tahira Rifath
SubhanAllah I read this and it really touched my heart and made me think how sometimes our arrogance and stubbornness doesn’t allow us to forgive others.
After Ayesha (ra) was slandered in the most horrible way, Abu Bakr (ra) was very upset. The man who had begun the rumour was a cousin, who Abu Bakr had been supporting financially. Abu Bakr withheld the sadaqah he had been giving to the slanderer when he learnt about the rumours. But soon after, the following verse was revealed:
“Let not those among you who are endured with grace and amplitude of means resolve by oath against helping their kinsmen, those in want and those who migrated in the path of Allah. Let them forgive and overlook. Do you not wish that Allah should forgive you? Indeed Allah is oft-Forgiving, most Merciful.” (Quran 24:22)
After hearing this Abu Bakr wanted Allah’s forgiveness, so he continued with the sadaqah and also increased the amount of money.
In sha Allah we are all able to react in the same manner to the words of our Creator and benefit from His Mercy and reward.