From Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu ‘anhu) who said that Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa’sallam) said:
“Indeed Allaah is gentle and loves gentleness, and gives due to gentleness that which He does not give to harshness.”
Reported by Ibn Majah [no. 3688] and Ibn Hibaan [no. 549]
So through gentleness hearts become united in friendship and love, and good becomes widespread. Whereas through its opposite ill feelings and distrust prevails and people forsake one another.
- Forty Hadeeth on the Islamic Personality
by Shaikh Ali Hasan al-Halabi