‘Ata’ on Gentleness: Speak good words to all people

Al-Qurtubi reported: Talhah ibn Umar said to ‘Ata’, may Allah have mercy on him, “Indeed, you are a man whom people of various whims gather around and I am a man who has a temper. I would say harsh words to them.” ‘Ata’ said, “Do not do so! Allah Almighty said: Speak good words to people (2:83). This verse includes Jews and Christians, so how about the true monotheists?”

Source: Tafsīr al-Qurṭubī 2:83

عن القرطبي قَالَ طَلْحَةُ بْنُ عُمَرَ لِعَطَاءٍ رحمه الله إِنَّكَ رَجُلٌ يَجْتَمِعُ عِنْدَكَ نَاسٌ ذَوُو أَهْوَاءٍ مُخْتَلِفَةٍ وَأَنَا رَجُلٌ فِيَّ حِدَّةٌ فَأَقُولُ لَهُمْ بَعْضَ الْقَوْلِ الْغَلِيظِ فَقَالَ لَا تَفْعَلْ يَقُولُ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى وَقُولُوا لِلنَّاسِ حُسْناً فَدَخَلَ فِي هَذِهِ الْآيَةِ الْيَهُودُ وَالنَّصَارَى فَكَيْفَ بِالْحَنِيفِيِّ

2:83 تفسير القرطبي‎