The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “On the Day of Qiyaamah Allah Ta’ala will say, ‘Let that person stand who has a right over Me.’ None beside those will stand who forgave the faults of others in the world.” [Rooh ul Ma’aani]
One who contains his anger and forgives another his fault, never reminding him of it nor letting it affect his behaviour towards him will earn this privilege, that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will say He owes them something in exchange! SubhanAllah! He, whom all creation depends on for every breath, is offering this prize to those who forgive the faults of others.
The grandson of Ali (radi Allahu anhu), Zain-ul-Abideen Ali bin Husain was being assisted in the performance of Wudhu by a slave girl, when she happened to drop the water container wounding him thereby. He looked at the maid servant with angry eyes.
She, being a Haafidha (one who knows the entire Quran by heart), immediately recited the Ayat of the Quran, “The special servants of Allah are those who swallow their anger.” He said in response, “I have swallowed my anger.”
Upon hearing the command of Allah, he immediately submitted to it. The thought did not occur to him, “I am being addressed by a mere slave girl.” Immaterial of who utters it, it is the speech of Allah, therefore afford it its due regard.
Thereafter she continued with the next segment of the Ayah, “…and who forgive people.” He responded by saying, “I have forgiven you.” She then went further to complete the Ayah by reciting, “…and Allah loves those who are Muhsineen, those who do favours.” In response to this he said, “Go, for Allah’s sake I have set you free.”