Upon being insulted, Abu AdDardaa – the companion of the Prophet (PBUH) responded:
“O so and so, do not go overboard in insulting me and keep room for reconciliation, for I respond to those who disobey Allah with regards to me by obeying Allah with regards to them.”
A man insulted Imam Ash-Sha’bi, so he responded:
إن كنتُ كما قلتَ فغفر الله لي ، وإن لم أكن كما قلتَ فغفر الله لك
“If I am as you say, then may Allah pardon me, and if I am not, then may Allah pardon you.”
A man said to Diraar Ibnul Qa’qaa’,
والله لو قلتَ واحدةً لسمعت عشراً
“By Allah, if you insult me just once, I will respond with ten!”
والله لو قلتَ عشراً ما سمعتَ واحدة
“By Allah, if you insulted me ten times, I will not even respond with one.”
وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلاماً
“and when the ignorant address them harshly, they say words of peace” (Al-Qur’aan, Surah 25, Ayah 63)
The believer has so much on his mind with regards to his journey to Allah and the Home of the Hereafter that his/her heart finds no place within it to store the insults of people, nor do they possess the time to think much over them.
They compare life to a market place that lasts very briefly, and in the end, some walk away having made profits whilst others having lost everything.