Forgiveness is a form of therapy, says expert

By Aini Nabilah Sharipuddin

GOMBAK, 21 December 2021: Forgiveness is a therapy that is able to heal someone if done voluntarily and sincerely, a webinar on “Forgiving As A Form of Healing Process: Islamic and Western Perspectives” was told on Monday.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siti Rafiah binti Abdul Hamid shared the benefits of forgiveness, which she said, is a positive shift in human reactions and emotions where humans become more empathetic, compassionate, and happy as a result of their interactions with one another.

“Moreover, seeking forgiveness is easy if coming from the bottom of the heart and it can bring about peace to someone, though forgetting is a tough thing,” she added.

“If we constantly seek forgiveness and forgive others, we will be able to eliminate jealousy, anger, and envy,” she noted.

She highlighted that “the apologising practice is a requirement of Islam”, acknowledging that “Islam teaches us to always think with our aqal and utter good words when communicating with one another”.

“Islam recognises that humans are flawed and that we will make mistakes in which only Allah alone is the Most Merciful and Forgiving,” she reminded the audiences. 

“We as humans always expect forgiveness from Allah, therefore we also have the ability to forgive others,” she further said.

The seminar was conducted by Guidance and Counselling students of Kulliyyah of Education on the subject of Seminar in Counselling: Professional and Human Development, which was carried live on YouTube.

Dr. Siti Rafiah sharing her views at the webinar

The seminar was followed by a Question & Answer session with the audience, which drew in a total of 245 people.

Readers who are interested to watch the seminar can do so here https://youtu.be/8aJnfvSLU9g *** 

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