Advice on Interacting with Others

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Advice from Habib `Ali al-Jifri (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

In our interactions with others, there are two methods we can adopt:

  1. The first is to see yourself as interacting with Allah, so that you respond to both good and evil by doing good, seeking Allah’s pleasure and reward.
  2. The second is to see yourself as interacting with people, so that you respond to the actions of others with similar actions – you respond to evil with evil and good with good.

Allah says in reference to the second method:

The reward of evil is evil similar to it..

Then Allah completes the ayah by demonstrating the superiority of the first method:

But whoever forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is with Allah..

Finally, Allah warns against transgressing the limits and choosing any other method, by saying:

He does not love the unjust. (42:40)