A tale from Gulistan-e-Saadi (Justice of Haroon-ur-Rashid)

Haroon-ur-Rashid was the fifth Arab Abbasid Caliph in Iraq. He was born in Rey, Iran, close to modern Tehran. Many tales attached themselves to the person of Haroon-ur-Rashid in the centuries following his rule. Saadi of Shiraz inserted a number of them into his Gulistan, in one telling how Harun enjoined his son to forgiveness.

Tale from Gulisatan-e-Saadi

Once day, the son of Haroon-ur-Rashid was very upset as his face was fuming and could easily be seen, Haroon-ur Rashid got worried and asked him what is the matter? His son replied one your your soldier’s son has misbehaved with me and used abusive language. Haroon-ur-Rashid asked his fellows present in his court, what should we do and what should be done to this soldier who misbehaved with my son?

First one advised to exterminate him,  another replied to cut of his tongue and the third replied to take away all the wealth the soldier posses, Haroon-ur-Rashid listened to each and everyone’s suggestion and then turned to his son and said Dear Son Allah has given us the power to declare the toughest punishment to the culprit. But the most apreciated thing is to forgive the soldier’s son, Or else you can do exact the same to him but keep in mind you should not react excessively. Because Allah does not like the people who react excessively.

Moral of the tale:

Hazrat Saadi (RA) in this Anecdote(tale, Story) has beautifully left a message for the readers that if someone weaker then you has committed some mistake or hurted and harmed one should try to forgive the weaker and feeble people. Because Even Allah the Almighty forgives even those who has performed big sins and mistake why don’t you try to adopt this trait. Even Prophet Muhammad PBUH is the ultimate example, inspiration and model for all of us while forgive and forgetting people even his worst enemies.

[Quran 42:40] The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah (God): for (Allah (God)) loveth not those who do wrong.

[Quran 16:126] And if ye do catch them out, catch them out no worse than they catch you out: But if ye show patience, that is indeed the best (course) for those who are patient. 

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