Seek to forgive and be forgiven, says Imams

Azlan Othman

Yesterday’s Friday sermon emphasised on the importance of seeking forgiveness and admitting to past mistakes or faults.

“Among the positive effects of forgiveness is preventing revenge, avoiding quarrels, strengthening community ties and bringing peace of mind,” said Imams during the sermon.

“We are not spared from being tested in our daily lives, which can cause anger, create dissatisfaction and can lead us to seek revenge after being humiliated, slandered and abused.

“Islam encourages us to persevere and to refrain from seeking revenge. Allah the Almighty will forgive the sins of those who forgive others. They will also receive blessings and manifold rewards.

“The essence of forgiveness should be nurtured and practised in our daily lives for us to enjoy harmony, unity and goodwill.

“Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the best role model to emulate all aspects of life, whether in terms of faith, social interaction, virtue, and so on.

“Forgiving someone is not a sign of weakness or defeat. Allah the Almighty will give honour to those who are forgiving. Instilling an individual with a forgiving attitude is crucial to living within a nation and community,” they said.