One day the Prophet of Islam seated himself in a mosque in Madina along with
some companions. Shortly thereafter, a Bedouin entered the mosque and began
urinating. The Prophet’s Companions rose with the intention of beating the
Bedouin. But the Prophet forbade them to do so, asking them to let him be. When
the man had finished urinating, the Prophet asked the Companions to fetch a
bucket of water and wash the place clean.
Afterwards he explained to his Companions: You are sent to make things easy and
not to make things difficult (Fathul Bari: 1/386).
This illustrates for us an unwavering principle of Islam, that is, in social
life when any unpleasant incident takes place, the believers should concentrate
on finding a solution to the problem and not just think in terms of what
punishment to mete out to the problem-maker. On all such occasions the urge to
reform should be engendered within the believers instead of a desire to exact
revenge. Such methods should be adopted as alleviate rather than aggravate the
problem. Just as when some building is set on fire, the most natural impulse is
to immediately extinguish it, rather than fan the flames to make it flare up
In most controversial matters there can be both easy and difficult ways of
resolving the problem. Treading the path of facility usually eases matters,
whereas treading the path of difficulty can cause matters to flare up with even
greater intensity. In all situations, Islam gives preference to the former,
rather than to the latter approach.
This is an eternal principle of Islam, relating to both personal and social
life. It ought to be applied in all matters inside as well as outside the home.
It is a perfect principle on which to base a perfect system of life.
By: Maulana Wahiduddin Khan