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Islam Commands People To Behave Gently
God has infinite compassion, and is forgiving, protective and gentle toward believers. The Compassionate and Merciful has placed all the blessings in the universe at Man's disposal, supporting him with messengers to reveal the true path. He directs all men to be His sincere servants by means of His revelations, each of which is a guidepost to that path. Our Lord is the Halim (the Clement), Adl (Lord of Infinite Justice), 'Afuw (the Pardoner), Asim (the Protector), Barr (the Source of All Goodness), Ghafir (the Forgiver), Hafiz (the Protector), Karim (the Generous One), Latif (the Subtle One), Muhsin (Lord of Infinite Kindness), Ra'uf (the Compassionate), Salam (the Author of Safety), Tawwab (the Accepter of Repentance) and Wahhab (the Bestower).
Believers know that they are under our Lord's protection and are aware of His infinite goodness and kindness. For that reason, they are eager to become the kind of servants that are pleasing to Him, who merit His mercy, and Paradise. A Muslim behaves very gently, always treating others kindly. God has offered our Prophet's (may God bless him and grant him peace) gentle nature as an example to all believers (3:159):
It is a mercy from God that you were gentle with them. If you had been rough or hard of heart, they would have scattered from around you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them, and consult with them about the matter. Then when you have reached a firm decision, put your trust in God. God loves those who put their trust in Him.
That verse describes how our Prophet's (may God bless him and grant him peace) gentle, moral nature exerted a positive influence on people, whereby they grew even more devoted to him. The Qur'an gives the gentle natures of other loving prophets as role models. One verse (11:87) recounts how, when the Prophet Shuayb (peace be upon him) was sent to the people of Midian, they told him, \”… You are clearly the forbearing