The Prophet provided us with a noble example of the divine characteristics which he exhorted us to adopt. He is reported as saying, “My Lord has commanded me to offer friendship in face of enmity, to give those who deprive me, and forgive those who oppress me.”
It takes an effort on the part of an individual to assume these ‘divine characteristics’. These characteristics are exhibited by the world of nature as well. For example, what is found in the form of iron on a cosmic level is required of us in the form of strong character. On a cosmic level, springs gush forth from rocks. This action is required of us in the form of kind-heartedness. Fragrance and colour are found aplenty in the cosmos–a human being too should beautify his life by being fair and honest in his dealings. Trees breathe in polluted air, carbon dioxide, and breathe out oxygen, in return. We too should learn from this to adopt the habit of being kind to those who wrong us.
Leaves fall from trees and turn into humus, which benefits the land. This is required of a person in the sense that whatever he spends must be of use to others; his struggle should bear fruit for others.