Kindness Towards Opposition

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Kindness Towards Opposition

May God be pleased with you.  You know that I have never wished a single Muslim to get into any trouble of any sort; then, how can I desire that my friends (scholars and theologians) should come to grief on account of me?  I have no complaint, nothing to grumble against anyone; on the contrary, I have a greater love and respect for them all- for their learning and status as they verily deserve.

If someone opposes another man, he is either a scholar and man of principle, or an evil-hearted wrong-doer and a sinner. In the former case he deserves our thanks and a goodly return from God; and, if he falls in the latter category one needs to pray for his redemption as well as for me and all the believers.

I do not want that anyone should be avenged for my sufferings or for leveling false allegations against me, for, I have already forgiven every one of them.  I desire the well-being of every Muslim- the same as I desire for myself.  All those persons who discredited me or deposed false evidence against me or caused trouble for me are not the least accountable so far as I am concerned; no responsibility lies upon them on my score.

—Ibn Taymiyyah [d. 728H/1328CE] in a letter to Syria after his prison release

(Read on pg 43-44, Sayyed Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi, Shaikh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah Life and Achievements. UK Islamic Academy. Leicester:2005.)

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