One of the greatest quality of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) was that he never took revenge for personal reasons. It was his incredible ability to pardon his staunch and ardent enemies. As Allah said in the Holy Quran that,
And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds (Surah Anbya, verse 107)
The people of Quraish were his worst enemies, they mocked and abused him, they tried to kill him even when Holy Prophet (PBUH) left for Medina they waged many wars of him. But when he along with his companions entered Makkah on 20th Ramadan, Holy Prophet (PBUH) not only forgiven them but also set an example of bloodless and peaceful revolution.
Throughout the lifespan of 63 years, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) was insulted persecuted but he reacted all the time like an honorable and gentleman. Let’s take a look at the times when Holy Prophet forgave his worst enemies despite their past grave injustices.
1. Holy Prophet (PBUH) Forgave The Killer Of Hamza
A man Wahshi killed his uncle Hamza. Later when Holy Prophet (PBUH) met Wahshi, he forgave him
Narrated by Jafar bin ‘Amr bin Umaiya and Ubaidullah bin ‘Adi Al-Khaiyar when they asked about the killing of Hamza from Wahshi, he reported that
So I too went out with them till I reached Allah’s Apostle. When he saw me, he said, ‘Are you Wahshi?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘Was it you who killed Hamza?’ I replied, ‘What happened is what you have been told off.’ He said, ‘Can you hide your face from me?’ (Sahih Bukhari Volume 5, hadith 399)
2. When A Bedouin Urinated in Mosque
A Bedouin urinated in the mosque. Some of the persons stood up (to reprimand him or to check him from doing so), but the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said: Leave him alone; don’t interrupt him. He (the narrator) said: And when he had finished, he called for a bucket of water and poured it over. (Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, hadith 557)
3. Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) Visit To Tai’f
Once Bibi Aisha asked Holy Prophet (PBUH) that was there any day more difficult to you than the day of Uhud? The Prophet (PBUH) said, ‘Yes, the day of Taif was worse for me than the day of Uhud; that was the most difficult point of my life’.
It was the day when children stoned him even his shoes became soaked with his own blood, Hazrat Jibrael came down to Holy Prophet (PBUH) who was sitting under the shade of a tree. The angel asked to collapse the mountains over Taif, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) not only refused but also prayed for them.
4. Suhayl Ibn Amr
Suhayl ibn Amr was the person who always speaks out against Holy Prophet (PBUH), as mentioned in the hadith.
At the Battle of Badr, when Suhayl fell into the hands of the Muslims as a prisoner, Umar ibn al-Khattab came up to the Prophet (PBUH) and said: “Messenger of God! Let me pull out the two middle incisors of Suhayl ibn Amr so that he would not stand up and be able to speak out against you after this day.” “Certainly not, Umar,” cautioned the Prophet (PBUH). “I would not mutilate anyone lest God mutilate me even though I am a Prophet (PBUH).” And calling Umar closer to him, the blessed Prophet (PBUH)said: “Umar, perhaps Suhayl will do something in the future which will please you.”
And people witnessed that Suhayl ibn Amr than became the biggest supporter of Islam after the conquest of Makkah.
5. When Quran States Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) ‘Warner’
Allah has mentioned in Quran that Holy Prophet (PBUH) was sent to warn people not to punish and he did the same.
Then would you possibly leave [out] some of what is revealed to you, or is your breast constrained by it because they say, “Why has there not been sent down to him a treasure or come with him an angel?” But you are only a warner. And Allah is Disposer of all things. (Surah Hud, verse 12)
May Allah allow us to follow the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH), Ameen.