Magnanimity is a
very cherished human trait. It shows that a person not only
cares for others, he is also willing to go out of the way to
make others comfortable and happy. Some areas where
magnanimity can be shown need our attention:
Let us sometimes
sacrifice our own needs and requirements to provide for others
without disclosing this as much as possible. Looking after
others at the expense of one’s own needs is a great act of
virtue. Sages tell us that when we provide for others in such
a situation, the Almighty opens His treasures for us.
Let us encourage
others as much as we can. The best way for this is to mention
their qualities wherever possible. This includes a mention in
their presence and before others as well. In a way, this is an
unwritten obligation we owe them.
We must make it
a point to forgive and forget the mistakes and faults of
others especially when they realize these follies, apologize
and make amends. We must appreciate that as human beings,
errors come naturally to all of us.
We must try to
win over our foes and transform them into our friends. This
can only happen if we show affection and love to people in
spite of the harsh attitude we encounter from them. Being good
to good people is easy. Being good to bad people is more
challenging. They need it the most. We must not hate people
who are jealous of us. They need more love and sympathy from
We must try to give the benefit of doubt
to others – even to our rivals. If a better interpretation of
a person’s words or deeds can be made, we must adhere to it.
In other words, unless there is strong evidence to the
contrary, people must always be trusted and regarded as
honourable members of the society.
It is always difficult to appreciate and
acknowledge those junior to us. This appreciation must also be
unbiased: it must be expressed even in the case of people who
are our adversaries and harsh critics.