This is Why You Should Forgive People

What if there was no forgiveness? If nobody forgave you?

I’ve heard some people say: “I don’t want to forgive! We will meet on the Day of Judgment.”

Have you heard that?

There are people who do it with passion not realizing that’s actually the wrong thing to say while you’re alive.

While you’re alive, keep trying. Why? Because when you get to the Day of Judgment, you don’t know which way the case is going to go. Trust me, you have no clue what may have happened in actual fact.

Sometimes you are so confident that the right was yours, yet when you get to the court of Allah Almighty, you find out otherwise. And then what?

But there is something even worse than that…

I know I am right, I know you are wrong, and I still tell you I will meet you on the Day of Judgment, I don’t want to forgive you… Okay, we now arrive on the Day of Judgment… You are standing, and I’m standing happily thinking:

“Today I’m going to fix you. You stole my money, you are dead meat today, it’s over! You are going to burn, you are going to pay for it…”

So, when I get there, guess what? The Judgment commences in my favor Masha’Allah! So I won, I’m proud, I’m happy… A good thing next to my name, and a bad thing next to his name.

Now, what?

Why did I say that don’t tell people, ‘I will meet you on the Day of Judgment’?

Because that was one case that you had with one man. Now, come all the other cases that you have, another three and a half thousand cases that you have…

When Allah looks at you, He will look at you with the eye of Justice. And you cannot enter paradise through that eye of Justice; you can only enter paradise through the eyes of Mercy, remember that.

Because there was no concentration in your prayer… so, we are at the court case, we lost out on all our prayer. Why? Allah says:

“look that was not acceptable! You tried and you did as hard as you could, but you used to say ‘Allah Akbar’ and you used to think about your business, think about a woman, think about some sin you want to commit, think about the food that you want to eat…”

Allah says: ‘What type of acceptance do you want from Me for that deed of yours? Your prayer is gone, your good deeds are lost…’

Allah deals with you justly, it’s fair…

But, when you have forgiven someone else in the world, Allah looks at you at the eye of mercy. You know what He can say to you? He can say:

Is the recompense of goodness anything besides goodness? (55:60)

You forgave him, today I forgive you. Enter paradise!

So, don’t think, “I will see you on the Day of Judgment”, you might win one case. That’s not the only case you are going to be fighting on that day.

On that day every soul shall come defending itself. (16:111)

Each one wants to defend himself. Imagine when some people have one court case, they are drained! It affects their health, it affects, their lives, it affects their wealth, it affects their relations, it affects everything.

Imagine you have three and a half thousand court cases one after the other and that is a very moderate figure.

So, deal with people in a way that you would like Allah to deal with you, remember that. How you treat others, so you shall be treated.

My brother you did something very bad, you did something totally unacceptable it is very difficult for me to forgive, but I’m going to forgive you because I want the mercy of Allah.

You don’t even need to explain to them why you have forgiven them, but you know that Allah is watching you.

About Dr. Mufti Menk
Dr. Mufti Ismail Menk is a leading global Islamic scholar born and raised in Zimbabwe. He studied Shariah in Madinah and holds a Doctorate of Social Guidance from Aldersgate University. Mufti Menk’s work has gained worldwide recognition and he has been named one of “The Top 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” since 2010.