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 Forgiveness is typically defined as the

process of ceasing to feel resentment,

indignation or anger for a perceived offense,
difference or mistake, and ceasing to
demand punishment or restitution.[1] The
concept and benefits of forgiveness have
been explored in religious thought, the social
sciences and medicine. Forgiveness may be
considered simply in terms of the person who
forgives, in terms of the person forgiven
and/or in terms of the relationship between
the forgiver and the person forgiven.
 Most world religions include teachings on the
nature of forgiveness, and many of these
teachings provide an underlying basis for
many varying modern day traditions and
practices of forgiveness.
 Islam teaches that God (Allah in Arabic) is
'the most forgiving', and is the original source
of all forgiveness. Forgiveness often requires
the repentance of those being forgiven.
Depending on the type of wrong committed,
forgiveness can come either directly from
Allah, or from one's fellow man whom
received the wrong.
 God does not forgive idol worship (if maintained
until death), and He forgives lesser offenses for
whomever He wills. Anyone who idolizes any idol
beside God has strayed far astray. (Qur'an 4:116)
To receive forgiveness from God there are three
 Recognizing the offense itself and its admission
before God.
 Making a commitment not to repeat the offense.
 Asking for forgiveness from God.


Forgiveness consists of a victims finding

space in their heart to forgive or fully
accept the apology

An apology is not complete until

perpetrators have been forgiven

Taken together, apology and

forgiveness reflect constructive
ways to come to grips with past
conflicts -- even atrocities
Forgiving is NOT Forgetting

We must remember the past, so

it is not repeated

But by forgiving, we are

releasing ourselves from the
negative emotions of the past

Apology and forgiveness lessens

the chance that the cycle will be