Lilies in glory
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
The keys to its doors aren’t difficult to find. Some may own one or more of these keys but don’t have the courage to go and open the doors. Others might have no idea about these keys and think that ignorance is the easiest way.
Thus it’s important for us to re-inculcate the value of forgiveness in our lives. We should think and ponder first, do we really know what forgiveness is? What’s the importance of forgiveness? And how to inculcate the value of it in our lives?
Forgiveness is the mental, emotional and/or spiritual process of ceasing to feel anger, resentment or indignation against another person for a perceived offence, difference or mistake. Forgiveness is the cancellation of the conditions in the mind that are blocking the full flow of love or life energy independently of the behavior of others. It’s an act of will…Yeah, forgiveness is a sign of strength “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”~Gandhi.
Actually forgiveness is important for several reasons. if anyone of us desires to be forgiven for his/her offenses and mistakes he/she must learn to forgive others. If one seeks forgiveness from Allah, he should learn to forgive others. If one desires that Allah overlook his weaknesses, he should learn to overlook weaknesses of others.
Obviously there’re 2 aspects of forgiveness: Allah’s forgiveness and human forgiveness.
Allah’s forgiveness as Allah is the most forgiving and is the original source of all forgiveness : Hadith Qudsi: Allah the Almighty, has said: O Son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O Son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O Son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins as great as the earth, and were you then to face Me ascribing no partners to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it.
Human forgiveness: You can find that whenever possible, the Qura’n makes it clear that it’s better to forgive another than to attack another. The Qura’n describes the believers( Muslims) as those who “They avoid gross sins and vice and when angered they forgive.” (al- shura 42:37)
To forgive a friend , to forgive a colleague To forgive your siblings, To forgive your relatives: your aunt, uncle your cousins who have broken ties with you.
Set yourself free, Confront your emotional pain, shock, anger and grief.
Be aware that being forgiving is a courageous act on your part. It has nothing to do with whether the other person can admit they are wrong.
Remember that “Forgiveness is a powerful yet challenging tool that will support and honor you, even in the most extreme circumstances.