THE EXTRAORDINARY GENTLE
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ taught gentleness, saying: “Shall I not inform you of whom the Fire is forbidden and who is forbidden for the Fire? He is the one who is near to people due to his good moral character, he is gentle in his temperament and he is considered very easy (to deal with) from his conduct (for such person, the Hellfire is forbidden).”1
God praises the Prophetﷺ for his gentleness saying: (0 My Esteemed Beloved!) What a mercy of God that you are lenient with them! Had you been stern and hard-hearted, people would have deserted, scattering away from around you. So pardon them, and pray for their forgiveness, and consult them in (important) matters. [Q.3:159.]
Set forth by Ahmad b. Hanbal in al-Musnad, 1:415 $3938. al-Tirmidht in al-Sunan, 4:654 $2488.