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Eid ul Fitr Mubarak! Goal comes first: before personal preferences

For the leader the biggest test often is to see which he gives precedence  to;  his  personal  likes  and  dislikes,  friendships and  enmities  or  the  ultimate  success  of  the  goal?  The reason  this  is  a  tough  test  is  because  often  it  becomes necessary  to  put  your  own  preferences  aside  and  work with people who you may not like and would prefer not to work with.

Rasoolullah(upon whom be peace)  was  entering  Makkah  after  8  years.  They’d spent  13  years  suffering  all  kinds  of  torture,  physical  and mental  in  Makkah  before  being  driven out  altogether  and their  wealth  confiscated.  But  when  he  entered  it  now,  he entered  with  humbleness  reciting  Sura  Al  Fatha,  his  head lowered  so  far  down  that  his  beard  was  almost  touching the  saddle  of  the  camel.

To forgive  those  who persecuted you is  perhaps the  most difficult  thing  to  do,  especially  when  you  have  power.  In the  case  of  Rasoolullah (upon whom be peace)  who  had  been  persecuted  and driven out of his home, Allah azza wa jal gave him power over the same people. He would have been fully within his rights if he  had  chosen  to  take  revenge.  But  he  didn’t.  Instead  by forgiving  them  he  put  them  in  his  debt.  They  were  fully aware  of  the  precarious  situation  that  they  were  in  when he conquered Makkah and they were in his power and so were extremely grateful to him for his mercy.

Another  huge  benefit  of  this  action  of  Rasoolullah (upon whom be peace) unilaterally forgiving his enemies was also to put an end to all  potential  feuds  which  would  have  resulted  from  any revenge  that  he  may  have  taken.  In  a  society  given  to feuding  over  the  smallest  excuse  imagine  the  disruptive effect of any killings of his enemies. By forgiving them all he  cemented  them  into  the  Muslim  Ummah  and  secured his own  home  forever. Forgiveness is  a  balm for the  soul, not only of the one forgiven but even more importantly for the one who forgives. But it takes a big heart to forgive and whose  heart  is  bigger  than  the  heart  of  the  Nabi  of  Allah azza wa jal

Memories can be empowering or debilitating. Memories of evil done to us can stay with us all our lives and plague us and  our  relationships  –  if  we  allow  them  to  do  so. Forgiveness is the salve that heals the wound and Allah (swt) in  His  mercy  gave  it  into  the  hands  of  the  one  who  was wronged.  Only  he  can  forgive.  And  if  he  does,  then  he heals himself as well as the one who wronged him. It may seem difficult to forgive someone who wrongs us until we reflect  on  how  much  more  difficult  it  is  to  live,  our  life blighted  by  memories  of  the  wrong.  How  much  easier  to forgive  and  shed  that  burden  and  move  on  to  a  new dawn? And that is what Rasoolullah (upon whom be peace) did.   Forgiving his erstwhile enemies also took the wind out of the  sails  of anyone  who  may  have  been  tempted  to  plot  a coup  against  him  but  putting  him  on  the  high  moral ground. Who would support someone who wants to do ill to  the  one  who  just  did  good  to  you?  At  one  stroke  Rasoolullah (upon whom be peace)  secured  his  rule,  won  new  friends  and supporters and opened the doors for the entry of Islam in his  own  motherland.  The  result  of  this  was  so  profound that  Makkah  was  almost  the  only  place  that  didn’t  rebel when  he  passed  away.

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