Gentleness is a word which inspires good thoughts, makes people smile and is one of the qualities loved by all. For some of us, gentleness is replaced by harshness whilst others have it in abundance. Those who are gentle with others are loved and remembered, whilst those who are harsh in their behaviour are never spoken well about. Gentleness was loved by the Prophet SAW, as illustrated in this beautiful hadith:
Al-Miqdam ibn Shurayh, quoting his father, said: I asked Aisha about living in the desert. She said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to go to the desert to these rivulets. Once he intended to go to the desert and he sent to me a she-camel from the camel of sadaqah which had not been used for riding so far. He said to me: Aisha! Show gentleness, for if gentleness is found in anything, it beautifies it and when it is taken out from anything it damages it. Abu Dawood.
We are reminded by the Prophet SAW that having this noble quality beautifies almost anything when done with sincerity and good intention. Allah SWT does not like harshness in anything and He Himself is gentle to his creation by showing His mercy towards mankind.
And remember, people will only love and respect you if you are gentle in dealing with them. May Allah SWT grant us gentleness in all of our actions and especially in our speech. Ameen.
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