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The virtue of reconciling between people

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Both the Quran and the Hadith have stressed the need for the noble act of reconciling between people. Allah says in the Quran:
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…So fear Allah and amend that which is between you and obey Allah and His Messenger, if you should be believers.” (Quran, Surah Al-Anfal, Verse 1)
Allah also says:
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“There is no good in most of their secret talks save (except) (in) him who orders Sadaqah (charity in Allah’s Cause), or Maa‘roof (Islamic Monotheism and all the good and righteous deeds which Allah has ordained), or conciliation between mankind; and he who does this, seeking the good Pleasure of Allah, We shall give him a great reward” (Quran, Surah An-Nisaa, 114)
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said the following (part of a ‘hasan’ Hadith as narrated by Abu Dawood, 4273; al-Tirmidhi, 2433.):
“Shall I not tell you something that is better than the status of (voluntary) fasting, prayer and charity?” They said: “Yes.” He said: “Reconciling in a case of discord…” 
In another hadith (narrated by Abu Hurairah and mentioned in Sahih Bukhaari, 6065; and Sahih Muslim, 2559, the prophet (peace be upon him) said,
“Do not hate one another, do not envy one another, do not turn away from one another. It is not permissible for a Muslim to forsake his brother for more than three days.”


إِنَّمَا ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنُونَ إِخۡوَةٌ۬

(The believers are but a brotherhood.) means, all of them are brothers in Islam. The Messenger of Allah said,
« الْمُسْلِمُ أَخُو الْمُسْلِمِ لَا يَظْلِمُهُ وَلَا يُسْلِمُه »

(The Muslim is the brother of the Muslim, he is not unjust with him nor does he forsake him.) In the Sahih,
« وَاللهُ فِي عَوْنِ الْعَبْدِ مَا كَانَ الْعَبْدُ فِي عَوْنِ أَخِيه »
(Allah helps the servant as long as the servant helps his brother.) Also in the Sahih:
« إِذَا دَعَا الْمُسْلِمُ لِأَخِيهِ بِظَهْرِ الْغَيْبِ قَالَ الْمَلَكُ: آمِينَ وَلَكَ بِمِثْلِه »

(If the Muslim invokes Allah for the benefit of his absent brother, the angel says afterwards, "Amin, and for you the same.'') There are many Hadiths with this meaning, such as, in the Sahih,
« مَثَلُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ فِي تَوَادِّهِمْ وَتَرَاحُمِهِمْ وَتَوَاصُلِهِمْ كَمَثَلِ الْجَسَدِ الْوَاحِدِ، إِذَا اشْتَكَى مِنْهُ عُضْوٌ تَدَاعَى لَهُ سَائِرُ الْجَسَدِ بِالْحُمَّى وَالسَّهَر »
(The parable of the believers in relation to the kindness, mercy and compassion they have for each other, is that of the body: when an organ of it falls ill, the rest of the body responds with fever and sleeplessness.) And also in Sahih.
« الْمُؤْمِنُ لِلْمُؤْمِنِ كَالْبُنْيَانِ يَشُدُّ بَعْضُهُ بَعْضًا »
(A believer to another believer is like a building whose different parts enforce each other.) The Prophet then clasped his hands with the fingers interlaced. Allah's statement,
﴿ فَأَصۡلِحُواْ بَيۡنَ أَخَوَيۡكُمۡ‌ۚ
(So make reconciliation between your brothers, ) refers to the two groups that fight each other,
﴿ وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ
(and have Taqwa of Allah) in all of your affairs,
﴿ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تُرۡحَمُونَ
(that you may receive mercy.) and this is a promise from Allah that He will grant mercy to those who fear and obey Him.
﴿ يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ لَا يَسۡخَرۡ قَوۡمٌ۬ مِّن قَوۡمٍ عَسَىٰٓ أَن يَكُونُواْ خَيۡرً۬ا مِّنۡہُمۡ وَلَا نِسَآءٌ۬ مِّن نِّسَآءٍ عَسَىٰٓ أَن يَكُنَّ خَيۡرً۬ا مِّنۡہُنَّ‌ۖ وَلَا تَلۡمِزُوٓاْ أَنفُسَكُمۡ وَلَا تَنَابَزُواْ بِٱلۡأَلۡقَـٰبِ‌ۖ بِئۡسَ ٱلِٱسۡمُ ٱلۡفُسُوقُ بَعۡدَ ٱلۡإِيمَـٰنِ‌ۚ وَمَن لَّمۡ يَتُبۡ فَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلظَّـٰلِمُونَ


(11. O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor defame yourselves, nor insult one another by nicknames. Evil is the name of wickedness after faith. And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed wrongdoers.)

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