When you see people engrossed
in mockery of Our Signs, turn from them
until they start to talk of other things...
... More than anything else, man is argumentative!
They retort: "Who is better then, our deities
or him?" They only say this to you for argument's
sake. They are indeed a disputatious people.
Do not have anything to do with foolish
and stupid arguments, because you know they
produce quarrels. (2 Timothy 2:23)
But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies,
arguments, and quarrels about the Law, because
these are unprofitable and useless. (Titus
And the Lord's servant must not quarrel;
instead, he must be kind to everyone, able
to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose
him he must gently instruct, in the hope
that God will grant them repentance leading
them to a knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy
CALLING ON PEOPLE PATIENTLY AND GENTLY
Call to the way of your Lord
with wisdom and fair admonition, and argue
with them in the kindest way. Your Lord
knows best who is misguided from His way.
And He knows best who are guided. (Qur'an,
It is a mercy from God that you [O Mohammed]
were gentle with them. If you had been rough
or hard of heart, they would have scattered
from around you. So pardon them and ask
forgiveness for them, and consult with them
about the matter. Then when you have reached
a firm decision, put your trust in God.
God loves those who put their trust in Him.
So remind them [O Mohammed]! You are only
a reminder. You are not in control of them.
Preach the Word; be prepared in season
and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with
great patience and careful instruction.
(2 Timothy 4:2)
Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but
exhort him as if he were your father. Treat
younger men as brothers, older women as
mothers, and younger women as sisters, with
absolute purity. (1 Timothy 5:1-2)
Remind the people to be subject to rulers
and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready
to do whatever is good, to slander no one,
to be peaceable and considerate, and to
show true humility toward all men. (Titus
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin,
you . . . should restore him gently. But
watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out
of your mouths, but only what is helpful
for building others up according to their
needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
TO REPEL A BAD ACTION WITH SOMETHING BETTER
A good action and a bad action
are not the same. Repel the bad with something
better and, if there is enmity between you
and someone else, he will be like a bosom
friend. (Qur'an, 41:34)
[People of intelligence are] those who are
steadfast in seeking the face of their Lord,
perform prayer and give from the provision
We have given them, secretly and openly,
and stave off evil with good, it is they
who will have the Ultimate Abode. (Qur'an,
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with
insult, but with blessing, because to this
you were called so that you may inherit
a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)
... Warn those who are idle, encourage
the timid, help the weak, be patient with
everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back
wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind
to each other and to everyone else. (1 Thessalonians
TO BE TOLERANT AND FORGIVING
Those of you possessing affluence
and ample wealth should not make oaths that
they will not give to their relatives, the
very poor, and those who have migrated in
the way of God. They should rather pardon
and overlook. Would you not love God to
forgive you? God is Ever-Forgiving, Most
Merciful. (Qur'an, 24:22)
[The people who guard against evil are]
those who give in times of both ease and
hardship, those who control their rage and
pardon other people-God loves the good-doers.
Say to My servants that they should only
say the best. Satan wants to stir up trouble
between them. Satan is an outright enemy
to man. (Qur'an, 17:53)
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy
and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with
compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness,
and patience. Bear with each other and forgive
whatever grievances you may have against
one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave
you. (Colossians 3:12-13)
A fool shows his annoyance at once, but
a prudent man conceals shame. (Proverbs
A quick-tempered man does foolish things...
A patient man has great understanding,
but a quick-tempered man displays folly.