Living in harmony is important for a stable society. The Noble Quran encourages believers to unite their ranks and work towards mutual harmony.
Allah Ta'ala calls on Muslims in the following verses to reconcile with each other:
“Verily the believers are brothers, so reconcile between your brothers.” (Surah Hujarat – Verse 10)
“There is no good in most of their secret consultations (due to their sinful nature) except in him who enjoins charity, a good deed or reconciliation between people …” (Surah Nisa – Verse 114)
“So, fear Allah and reform your relationships …” (Surah Anfaal – Verse 1)
When two Muslim individuals, families, or groups break ties or behave acrimoniously towards each other, then it is the duty of Muslims to attempt reconciliation between the disputing parties. There is great merit in reconciliation, as it prevents a host of evils which surface as a result of discord. Unresolved disputes, friction and acrimony lead to deadly spiritual maladies of jealousy, enmity, malice, rancour, vengeance and many other evils.
One harm of unresolved discord and disunity in families is that future generations may continue this legacy of disunity, based on the unresolved disputes of their elders.
Hazrat Abu Darda (R) narrates that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) asked the Sahabah (R), “Should I not inform you of an action that is more superior than (Nafl) Salah, (Nafl) fasting and (Nafl) charity?” The Sahabah (R) replied, “Surely, O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).” Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied, “Reconciling between two parties…” (Abu Dawood)
Note: Attempting to reconcile between two parties is more superior to optional Salah, fasting and charity due to the benefits attributed to this action.
Let us work on uniting people and strive to remove disunity and discord.