Friday Focus: War and perpetual enmity

…neither constitutes a desirable trait
Friday Focus: War and perpetual enmity
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It is ordained that Allah in his infinite mercy is capableof planting love and affection between enemies:

 It may be that Godwill grant love (and friendship) between you and those whom ye (now) hold asenemies. For God has power (over all things); And God is Oft-Forgiving, MostMerciful. (60:7)

It follows that enmity may not be stretched to a point of noreturn, as today's enemies could be tomorrow's friends. Haste may be laid asidein invoking enmity. It is desirable to wait for circumstances, wherein aperspective other than that of enmity might emerge. This could happen accordingto measures determined by Allah. So, one may wait till these measures takeshape, as God is Forgiving and Merciful. Patience is essential ingredient forbeing just and equitable:    

''As for those who have not fought against you for youreligion, nor expelled you from your homes, God does not prohibit you from dealingwith them kindly and equitably. God loves the equitable'' (60:8)

Allah does not stop you from exhibiting open kindness; it isin fact a desirable trait. You have to deal fairly and justly with all who, onaccount of your religion have neither waged war against you nor expelled youfrom your dwellings.  Over and abovebeing just, you should be cordial to those who have not waged war against you.What is so amply ordained finds resonance in another Holy Verse: 

''O you who believe! Be upright to God, witnessing withjustice; and let not hatred of a certain people prevent you from acting justly.Adhere to justice, for that is nearer to piety, and fear God. God is informedof what you do. (5:8)

For the believers and the faithful, being upright to God entails standing for justice. Hatred should never form an overriding factor in standing for justice and acting justly. Adherence to justice is akin to being pious.  Fear of God is a positive feeling, as it streamlines the path to piety and adherence to Laws of Divinity. 

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