Hadith on Pardon: The Prophet’s Emphasis on Forgiveness

📖Sunan Abi Dawud 4497
Narrated Anas ibn Malik: I never saw the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) that some dispute which involved retaliation was brought to him but he commanded regarding it for remission.

  • This hadith, narrated by Anas ibn Malik and recorded in Sunan Abi Dawud, indicates that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) always encouraged forgiveness and pardoning when it came to disputes involving retaliation. The term “retaliation” in Islamic law refers to the punishment for a crime committed, which can be in the form of retribution or compensation to the victim or their family. This hadith highlights the importance of forgiveness and mercy in Islam, even in situations where retaliation may be considered justified. Muslims learn from this hadith that forgiveness and mercy should be the preferred course of action in conflicts and disputes. This is in line with the teachings of Islam, which emphasize the virtues of patience, kindness, and compassion towards others. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) himself forgave his enemies on numerous occasions, setting an example for Muslims to follow in their daily lives.