The most blessed of people
is the one who desires the Hereafter and is not jealous of other people for
what Allah has given them. He is someone who carries with him a message of
higher principles and he wishes to impart that message to others. If he is
unable to help others, then at least he brings them no harm. Take the Ocean of Knowledge
and the Interpreter of the Qur’an. Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him),
as an example. He managed, through his lofty manners and his generous soul to
transform enemies (Banu ‘Umayyah, Banu Marwan, and their supporters) into
friends. As a consequence, more people were able to benefit from his knowledge and
understanding. He filled gatherings with knowledge and the remembrance of Allah.
He forgot the days of Al-Jamal and As- Siffeen, and he left behind what came
before and after those battles.
He proceeded to build and to
unite and to repair differences. Everybody came to love him and he became the
"Eminent Scholar" of the Islamic nation. On the other hand there is
Ibn Zubayr (may Allah be pleased with him), who was the epitome of nobleness, generosity,
and sincere worship. He, however, preferred to confront rather than to give up
personal rights, so much so, that he became preoccupied in this pursuit and
consequently many Muslims were lost. Then the worst of it happened. The Ka’bah
became a place of fighting because his enemies found him in its precincts and
many were slaughtered. Finally, he himself was killed and then crucified.
May Allah be pleased with
him and with all of the Prophet’s noble Companions.
(And Allah’s Command must be
fulfilled.) (Qur’an 33: 38)
I do not mean to disparage
some and to praise others; I am merely attempting to study history with an eye
for seeking out morals and lessons. Gentleness, compromise, and forgiveness ---
these qualities are present only in a minority of people. This is because, to achieve
them and to incorporate them into one’s character, one must repress and even
subjugate one’s self, forgetting lofty desires and ambitions.