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Be gentle with your family: sermon

Haneen Dajani

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If you want the creator to forgive your mistakes, be gentle with others, Muslims will be advised in today's Friday sermon.

"Gentleness is having a soft side while talking or doing actions," the sermon says. "And gentleness is the title of happiness and a proof of one's faith and true Islam."

A verse addressing the Prophet Mohammed from the Quran says: "It was by the mercy of Allah that thou wast lenient with them (O Mohammed), for if thou hadst been stern and fierce of heart, they would have dispersed from round about thee."

The sermon says to be gentle within families, as the Prophet was gentle with his.

According to the sermon, once a man saw the Prophet hugging and kissing his grandsons Al Hassan and Al Hussayn and said to him: "I have 10 children; I never kissed any one of them."

The Prophet replied, "One who does not have mercy [on others] won't have [Allah's] mercy bestowed upon him."

"Another form of gentleness is being gentle with those in need, such as giving more time to one who cannot pay his debt," the sermon says.

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