عنوان مقاله [English]
In the exquisite book of Nahj al-Balagha, which is an excerpt from the most beautiful and excellent utterances of Imam Ali (peace be upon him), a hadith is quoted as saying: "Answer the stone from where it came, because evil is only driven by evil"; this hadith reflected in numerous sources by Shiites and Sunnis, it mentions the repudiation of evil by evil or Retaliation. While this meaning can provide a ground for that the Islamic teachings are revenge. It contradicts the numerous verses and traditions that point to the forgiveness and kindness in the face of evil. In the present article, after Isnad evaluating and authenticity of this tradition and its full explanation, we show that this hadith conflicts with Quranic verses and other traditions and then by explaining the logical relationship between the two rules; evil repudiation with goodness and retaliation, this conflict has been resolved, and it has finally been concluded that not only this tradition does not imply any revenge or outrageous retaliation, but also sometimes, in any case, taking a position other than a retaliation, is harmful and irrational one.