Good Deed: #148 Be tolerant

49:13 (Y. Ali) O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).

30:22 (Y. Ali) And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colours: verily in that are Signs for those who know.

Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said to Ashaj Abdul-Qais (May Allah be pleased with him), “You possess two qualities that Allah loves. These are clemency and tolerance.”

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: A bedouin urinated in the mosque and some people rushed to beat him up. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Leave him alone and pour a bucket of water over it. You have been sent to make things easy and not to make them difficult.”

`Aishah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Allah is Forbearer and He loves forbearance, and rewards for forbearance while He does not reward severity, and does not give for any thing besides it (forbearance).”


Nelson Mandela on tolerance – No one is born hating another person for the color of their skin, religion, or background. Hatred and intolerance have to be learned. Even in the grimmest times, I have seen glimmers of humanity, which have reassured me that Man’s goodness is a flame that can never be extinguished

Action Plan

What is tolerance? Literally the word “tolerance” means “to bear.” As a concept it means “respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of the world’s cultures, forms of expression and ways of being human.” In Arabic it is called“tasamuh”. There are also other words that give similar meanings, such as“Hilm”(forbearance) or “‘`afu” (pardon, forgiveness) or “safh” (overlooking, disregarding). In the Persian and Urdu languages, we use the word “rawadari” which comes from “rawa” meaning “acceptable or bearable” and “dashtan” meaning “to hold”. Thus it means to hold something acceptable or bearable.

1. Don’t be judgemental. It is not your job to make judgements on others, leave that to the Master of the day of judgement.

2. Be empathetic and listen actively  to the others view point.

3. Respect each others views

4. Find common ground

5. Sometimes it is best to agree to disagree. Both can be right.

6. Be compassionate, talk kindly and gently.

Some levels of tolerance:

a. Between family members, between husband and wife, between parents and children, between siblings etc.

b. Tolerance between the members of the community: tolerance in views and opinions, tolerance between themadhahib(Islamic Juristic Schools).

c. Tolerance between Muslims and the people of other faiths (interfaith relations, dialogue and cooperation).

source spirit of tolerance

Requirements for Tolerance

1– To take the nafs to account: “Do not overlook your sins due to loving yourself.”

2– To cover people’s faults: In one hadith the Prophet says: “Whoever covers someone’s fault in this world, Allah will cover his faults on Doomsday.”

3– To overcome anger: The righteous… who restrain anger and pardon (all) men; for God loves those who do good.” 7The powerful one is not someone who defeats his opponent in wrestling. It is the one who restrains himself during times of anger.”

4– To be forgiving: “(Hey Nabi!) Hold on to forgiveness; command what is right; But turn away from the ignorant.”

5– Do not curse others: Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “I was not sent to curse. I was sent as a mercy.”

6– Do not be suspicious: “O ye who believe! Avoid suspicion as much as possible: for suspicion in some cases is a sin.”

7– Avoid haughtiness and pride: “And swell not thy cheek (for pride) at men, nor walk in insolence through the earth; for God loveth not any arrogant boaster.” On this subject the Prophet states: “It is enough evil to condescend on one’s Muslim brother.

8– Do not make fun of people: “O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the former.”

9– To be patient: There are more than seventy verses in the Quran that mention patience. The Prophet said: “No one has been blessed with a better gift than patience.

source: prophet’s(SAW) tolerance

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  1. sabara says:

    “No one is born hating another person for the color of their skin, religion, or background. Hatred and intolerance have to be learned” is so true, but it can be unlearnt. Either the environment can affect us, or we can be the change to the environment.

    The poster is so adorable, most good things start young 😉

    we can learn a lot from children; they squabble and fight but make up afterwards, they fall trying to walk but never give up, and they spend most of their time learning, and children have the cutest smiles 🙂

  2. quote says:

    “In the forest where the branches quarrel, the roots embrace”, quote from the continent Mandela comes from.

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