Abu Dawud Book 34, Hadith Number 4523.

Chapter : Forgiving retaliation by women.

Narated By ‘Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin : The Prophet (PBUH) Said: The disputants should refrain from taking retaliation. The one who is nearer should forgive first and then the one who is next to him, even if (the one who forgives) were a woman.

Abu Dawud said: I have been informed that forgiving by women in the case of murder is permissible if a woman were one of the heirs (of the slain). I have been told on the authority of Abu ‘Ubaid about the meaning of the word yanhajizu, that is, they should refrain from retaliation.