Islam’s view about accepting others apologies

SHAFAQNA – It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: If someone’s brother offers him an apology and he does not accept it, his sin is the same as a blackmailer [1]. In another narration, The Prophet (PBUH) said: If a person’s brother comes to him to offer an apology, must accept it whether that apology is justified or unjustified; and if the apology is not accepted, that person will not join me near the Pond (of Kawthar) [2].

The prophet (PBUH) advised Imam Ali (AS) by saying: Anyone who does not accept an apology whether the person offering it, is telling the truth or not, will not have my intercession [3]. It is also narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: Not accepting an apology is a great sin [4]. Imam Sajjad (AS) in one of his prayers in Alsahifah Alsajjadiyyah said: O’ Allah (SWT), I apologise to you if in my presence, someone was oppressed and I could not help him; and someone who committed a bad deed to me and I did not accept his apology [5].

[1] Kanzul Umaal,Hadith 7030.
[2] As above, Hadith 7029.
[3] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 77, Page 47, Hadith 3.
[4] Qorarul Hekam, Number 3004.
[5] Alsahifah Alsajjadiyyah, Dua 38.

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