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Unformatted text preview: and was too much for anyone to bear. If you think about society, you will realise for certain that, usually, only those who are more blessed than others are the ones to abuse others. It is the strong that abuse the weak by pushing them away, kicking them, beating them, or belittling them. He would act like a lion with them, but in testing situations be is like an ostrich. The rich person will transgress against the poor, disgrace them in public gatherings and interrupt them as they speak. People in higher positions are guiltier of such crimes, and the same is witnessed with all those whom Allah has blessed with good fortune. Not only are such people loathed, but whenever a calamity befalls them, people rejoice and wish that they lose all the respect that others may have for them. Indeed people wish that they would become totally bankrupt! 482 Restraining oneself from harming others 74 Look at the Messenger of Allah . One day he sat with his companions and asked, "Do you know who is the barkrupt one?" They replied, "A bankrupt person, as we know it, is the one who neither has a dirham nor or any possessions." He said, "Rather, the bankrupt person from my ummah is the one who comes on the Day of Resurrection with prayers, fasts and charity. Yet, it is discovered that he cursed this person, accused that person, illegally possessed this person's property, murdered that person and hit this person. All those he oppressed will be given from his good deeds. If his good deeds are gone before the account is settled, their bad deeds will be taken and placed into his account, and then he will be thrown in the fire." (Muslim) For this reason, the Prophet would avoid harming anybody. `A'ishah may Allah be pleased with her said, "The Messenger of Allah never struck anything with his hand: neither a woman nor a servant, except during a battle. He never sought revenge from the one who inflicted harm upon him, unless one of Allah's sanctities were violated. Only then he would seek revenge for Allah." (Muslim)...
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