A sublime response to an insult

A man once insulted the noble companion Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Abbas (Radiyallahu anhuma) who responded to him by saying: 

“You insult me whilst I possess three traits: I do not pass by a verse from the Qur’an except that I wish that everyone would know what I know about it, and I do not hear of a just ruler from the rulers of the Muslims except that I become delighted by that even though I have no dealings with him, and I do not hear of rain falling on some distant land of the Muslims except that I am delighted for them even though I have no livestock there.”

Despite being insulted, he wanted to teach the man a lesson of what it means to have a sound heart that is free from rancour and hate. Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Abbas (Radiyallahu anhuma) took the opportunity to show him that whilst this man showed animosity to him, he wished well for others.  

Al Mu’jam al Kabir 10/266  

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