Imam Ahmad said after a man said to him: [Achieving a state of] well-being is ten parts, nine of it is in Taghaful (being intentionally inattentive and being able to neglect and overlook people’s faults and shortcomings).

So Imam Ahmad said: [Rather, achieving a state of] well-being is ten parts, all of it is in Taghaful [1-2].


[1] Al-Forou’ (5/261)

[2] Taghaful is a forgotten virtue which involves overlooking people’s faults, sins, and shortcomings, while being fully aware of it. Examples of this can be seen in the words and actions of the Messenger of Allah, as well that of the Companions and the Salaf after them. Allah said: (And [remember] when the Prophet confided to one of his wives a statement; and when she informed [another] of it and Allah showed it to him, he made known part of it and ignored a part) [At-Tahrim 66:3]

من كان يرجو أن يسود عشيرة *** فعليه بالتقوى ولين الجانب
ويغض طرفا عن إساءة من أساء *** ويحلم عند جهل الصاحب

Whoever hopes to be a leader among his people, Then he ought to adhere to piety and softness [in his dealings]

As well as being neglectful of the faults of others, and being patient and forgiving during the mistakes of his companions