Gaining by Forgiving

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

In the ḥadīth, “Allāh doesn’t increase a slave through [his] act of forgiveness except in terms of [position and] strength,”¹ [are lessons]:

Forgive those who wrong you–however deep the wound, however grievous the offense, however severe the effects of the pain.

It’s enough that you consider that keeping two things in mind, both of which help you forget your pain. The first is that when he wronged you, he disobeyed his Lord, and [that’s] worse; [the second,] when you forgave him, you obeyed your Mawlá [the One who manages your affairs and supports you] and became worthy of might and honor.

¹Rated ṣaḥīḥ by Al-Albānī, Irwāʾ Al-Ghalīl, no. 2200 (Trans.)