Aspects of Civility for a Peaceful Life
In a world where diverse cultures, beliefs, and opinions converge, the significance of civility cannot be overstated. Civility encompasses the virtues of kindness, respect, and courteous behavior, and it plays a pivotal role in fostering harmony and understanding among individuals and communities. From personal relationships to global interactions, practicing civility is a timeless principle advocated by various religious texts, including the Quran and Hadith.
1. Use Good Speech:
The Quran lays the foundation for compassionate and considerate conduct. Surah Al-Isra (Chapter 17), verse 53 emphasizes treating others with respect and gentleness: “And tell My servants to say that which is best. Indeed, Satan induces dissension among them. Satan is indeed a sworn enemy to humankind..”
This verse encourages believers to choose their words wisely and speak in a manner that promotes understanding and reconciliation. By refraining from harsh or hurtful speech, individuals can prevent discord and foster an atmosphere of compassion and empathy.
2. Refrain from engaging in mockery:
The Quran also emphasizes the importance of showing civility and goodwill to fellow members of society. Surah Al-Hujurat (Chapter 49), verse 11 advises against mocking or belittling others: “O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule another people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule other women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by offensive nicknames.”
By abstaining from mockery and derogatory remarks, individuals can contribute to a more inclusive and respectful community where people feel valued and appreciated for their unique qualities.
3. Civility in Global Affairs:
Beyond personal and community interactions, civility also plays a pivotal role in global affairs. The Quran advocates peace and cooperation among nations. Surah Al-Mumtahanah (Chapter 60), verse 8, states, “God does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, God loves those who act justly.”
In our world today this verse gives us guidelines on how nations should interact with each other justly and fairly, regardless of beliefs or backgrounds. Embracing civility in mutual relations fosters respect and cooperation, promoting a harmonious and peaceful world.
4. True Strength of Character:
The teachings of Prophet Muhammad PBUH in the Hadith also emphasize the significance of civility in every aspect of life. One of the well-known Hadiths states, “The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 6114)
This Hadith underscores the virtue of self-control and restraint, even in moments of frustration or anger. It encourages individuals to prioritize kindness and compassion instead of reacting with aggression or hostility.
There are several examples from the life of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH that encourage us to practice civility and compassion even with people who may not like us.
Kindness, respect, and self-control enhance personal relationships, strengthen communities, and contribute to a more compassionate global society. As we reflect on these timeless teachings, let us strive to embody the essence of civility in our interactions, creating a world filled with understanding, empathy, and goodwill.
Written by Majd Arbil