Allah has attributed beautiful qualities to His righteous servants, describing them as the believers who compete with each other for doing good with the goal of attaining higher ranks in Paradise. The Almighty Allah says that the pious’s work and giving are tremendous and continuing.
The pious are also depicted as people who do not harm others and are of wise attitude. They show mercy, display patience and resolve to self-restraint when they are harmed. And if they commit a wrongdoing, they seek repentance and refuge with Allah. They remember Him and supplicate to Him for forgiveness, vowing to stay away from misdeeds.
In further description of their characteristics, Allah says (which means):
“And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous Who spend [in the cause of Allah] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good; And those who, when they commit an immorality or wrong themselves [by transgression], remember Allah and seek forgiveness for their sins – and who can forgive sins except Allah ? – and [who] do not persist in what they have done while they know. Those – their reward is forgiveness from their Lord and gardens beneath which rivers flow [in Paradise], wherein they will abide eternally; and excellent is the reward of the [righteous] workers.” [Al-Quran, Surah Ali-Imran, verse 133-136].
Here Allah has demonstrated the generosity of His pious servants, as in the verse: “Who spend [in the cause of Allah] during ease and hardship.” It is a noble quality that distinguishes them whether in good or bad times, in good health or ailment. This includes their spending during their lifetime or what they would prescribe in their will. Because they spend on regular basis, the impact of their generosity is positively visible in people’s well-being. In so doing they fear no poverty, and let no selfish feeling overtake them. Simply they make it their life mission to bring relief to the needy, benefit others and ultimately please Allah.
Self-restraint is yet another commendable characteristics of the pious as mentioned in this verse, “and who restrain anger,” being a call for keeping resentment at bay. The same thing is echoed by our Prophet Muhammad who said, “the strong-man is not one who wrestles well but the strong man is one who controls himself when he is in a fit of rage.” Thus, leniency, generosity and self-control are seen as strength while rage outburst is weakness, which undermines one’s repute.
With this in mind, if you get angry, you are requested to control you anger by seeking refuge in Allah from the cursed Satan. It was narrated by Suleiman bin Sarad that Two men abused each other in front of the Prophet while we were sitting with him. One of the two abused his companion furiously and his face became red. The Prophet said, “I know a word (sentence) the saying of which will cause him to relax if this man says it. Only if he said, ‘I seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the outcast’.”
And if you are angry and you are standing, you would be better sit down and let your anger go. The Prophet said, “when you are fasting, you must not engage in any quarrel or shouting. Should anyone verbally abuse you or fight you, you should only say: I am fasting. And if someone provokes you into a quarrel, whether verbal or physical, you are also recommended to sit down if you are standing.”
Please know that self-control and your willingness to pardon while you are in the state of power is a great personal asset, one that Allah praises and recompenses. On this matter, our Prophet said, “the one who suppresses anger and has the power to give effect to it, will be called out by Allah, the Exalted, to the forefront of the creatures on the Day of Resurrection and he will be asked to choose any of the Hur of his liking.”
By controlling your anger you can forgive others as the Almighty says, “and who pardon the people.” Pardoning is seen by scholars as one of the best acts that can help you you overcome your mistakes and remove your misdeeds. It offers opportunities for you to show kindness to Creations. That is why Allah the most Exalted describes those who forgive as doers of good and promises them His love. He says, “and Allah loves the doers of good.”
Let us see in this regard how Prophet Muhammad pardoned someone who had ill-treated him. He even offered him something.
Anas bin Malik said, “once I was walking with Allah’s Messenger and he was wearing a Najran Burd with thick margin. A Bedouin followed him and pulled his Burd so violently that I noticed the side of the shoulder of Allah’s Messenger affected by the margin of the Burd because of that violent pull. The Bedouin said, ‘O Muhammad! Give me some of Allah’s wealth which is with you.’ Allah’s Messenger turned and looked at him, and smiling, he ordered that he be given something.”
Let us explore the value of forgiving while dealing with our spouses, children, relatives, neighbors and everybody else, and embrace the pathway towards reaching the status of the righteous.
Supplicate to Allah Continuously
The pious servants are also those who invoke Allah continuously. The Almighty says (which means):
“And those who, when they commit an immorality or wrong themselves [by transgression], remember Allah and seek forgiveness for their sins.” (Al-Quran, Surah Ali-Imaran, verse 135].
That is, people who supplicate to Allah for forgiveness if they have undertaken any wrongdoings. They remember their Lord and His Might, refrain from misdeeds and turn to Him for repentance. They believe that no one can forgive sins, except him.
Having this in mind, may Allah make us among Your righteous servants; those who fear You unseen. May Allah help us always to obey You, Your Messenger Muhammad and those You have decreed on us to obey in line with Your orders (which means):
“O you who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you.” [Al-Quran, Surah An-Nisaa’, verse 59].
May Allah direct us all to the blessings of the Glorious Quran and benefit us all in whatever is in it of the verse and the Wise Dhikr.