Tolerance is a noble humanitarian virtue. Its practice means making concessions to others. Intolerance, on the other hand, means showing a self-centred unconcern for the needs of others. Tolerance is a worthy, humane virtue, which has been described in different terms in Islam. For instance, gentle behaviour, showing concern for others, being soft-hearted and being compassionate.
When true God-worship and religiosity is born within a person, he reaches above all those evils which emanate from selfishness. Instead of living within the confines of the self, he begins to live in the world of reality. The truly pious person begins to look upon people with love and compassion. He does not expect anything from anyone that is why even when others differ from him or do not behave well towards him, he continues nevertheless to make concessions to them, and continues to be tolerant towards them. Tolerance implies unswerving respect for others, whether in agreement or disagreement with them. The tolerant person will always consider the case of others sympathetically, be they relatives or friends, and irrespective of the treatment he is given by them, be it of a positive or a negative nature.
Tolerance implies unswerving respect for others, whether in agreement or disagreement with them.