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Avoiding disputes is part of good character

By: Sayyid Talhah

Source: Sayyid Talhah

Sayyidi, the honored Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (مد ظله) mentioned that his father, Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani (رحمه الله), would always strive to avoid disputes and argumentations. He would frequently keep a hadith in mind, and read it out for others, wherein the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

“I guarantee a house on the outskirts of Jannah for the person who leaves arguing, even if he is right.” (Recorded in Sunan Abu Dawūd)

One of the most exemplary contemporary incidents in this regard was when he was granted a sizable land in the midst of Karachi city for the construction of an Islamic seminary (Darul’ Uloom). However, after the official approval by the government authorities and initial arrangements (which included a ceremony for the laying down of the foundation, construction of a few rooms and a telephone connection), some dispute arose over it. Despite being on the right and the project having started and progressing already, Mufti Shafi withdrew himself and cancelled the project.

Numerous people were struck and shocked and they insisted that the project continue. However, the honored Mufti remained undeterred and he clarified that avoiding disputes is more important than the construction of a seminary.

Later, the honored Mufti donated a large piece of land where Darul’ Uloom now stands. On the Mufti’s land the seminary has far exceeded the expectations at that time.

Adapted from a discussion on Jumu’ah by Shaikh Mufti Taqi Usmani.

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