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Tolerance means “to bear“. As a concept, it refers to respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of cultures, forms of expression and ways of being human. In Arabic, it is called tasamuh. Words like hilm (forbearance) or ‘afw (forgiveness) or saf-h (overlooking) also convey the meaning of tolerance. In Persian and Urdu, we use the word rawadari which is derived from rawa meaning acceptable or bearable and dashtan meaning “to hold”. Thus, it means to hold something acceptable or bearable [1].

When we walk , to take each step our each foot compete with Friction on earth , ( opposition) pushes it back and then next step can be Taken. Rawadari is keep moving beside all frictions and opposition with being consistent on positive behaviour or good character, having soft corner for others in Heart. Rawadari is adopting patience in response to unfavourable situations. [2]

Islam teaches tolerance at all levels: between family members, between husband and wife, between parent and child, between groups and nations. The Qur’an says,

“O Mankind! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes so that you might [affectionately] come to know one another. Surely, the most honoured among you, in the sight of Allah, is the one who is the best in conduct.”

(Surah Al-Hujrat :13)

The best conduct in Islam is to treat human beings with dignity, equality, fraternity and justice. Muslims have been generally very tolerant people. We must emphasize this virtue among us and in the world today.

Islam emphasizes the establishment of equality and justice, both of these values cannot be established without some degree of tolerance. Islam recognized from the very beginning the principle of freedom of belief or freedom of religion. It said very clearly that it is not allowed to have any coercion in the matters of faith and belief. In Surah Ash-Shura, Allah says to the Prophetﷺ,

“If then they turn away, We have not sent you as a guard over them. Your duty is but to convey (the Message)” (Ash-Shura: 48)

In another place Allah says,

“Invite (all) to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious. Your Lord knows best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.” (An-Nahl:125)

Thus tolerance is the need of the hour today as it was yesterday. We must emphasise the need for this virtue among us and in the world. We must foster tolerance through deliberate policies and efforts. Our focus should be multiethnic. We should teach our children respect of each other irrespective of caste, creed, gender, nationality and ethnicity. Tolerance is the cordial knot which binds the family, society and keep the nation intact. Disrespect gives rise to persons like Vibhishan who may change the course of a nation. We should inculcate in our children the quality of tolerance, forbearance, and forgiveness because the family is the first school of citizenship. Society cannot be governed by law alone. Law has a relation with society. It suffers if society is rigid and intolerant.

And a good news and reward for the one who will be tolerant and peaceful in his attitude: [2]
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Compilation of article is done by Admin

[1] Extracted from the article “The concept of tolerance in Islam
[2] Written by Sr. Khalida Waheed
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Hadith Image is designed by Sr. Khalida Waheed

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