Violence consists of use of furious and destructive force either in word or action, and is one of the consequences of anger. Its opposite is the virtue of gentleness, which is a product of patience. Addressing the Prophet (S), the Holy Quran says in regard to this trait:
... for if thou hadst been stern and fierce of heart, they would have dispersed from about thee ...(3:159)
And in a tradition attributed to the Prophet (S), it is said:
When God loves one of His servants, He blesses him with the trait of friendliness, and whoever lacks this trait, lacks all other blessings.
Elsewhere, in a prophetic tradition, it is said:
Consideration and kindness for people is half of the faith.
Adapted from: "Jami' al-Sa'adat" by: "Muhammad Mahdi al-Naraqi"
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