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Understanding brotherhood in Islam



[ October 30, 2015 ]
As Muslims, our faith is not complete, and our worship is not sufficient, until we have built the strong bonds of brotherhood amongst ourselves. This fact is frequently forgotten by many muslims, and these bonds are broken over minor disputes and arguments. Prophet Mohammad (SAW) implemented this concept of brotherhood practically amongst the muslims.



At the time when the muslims were being persecuted in the holy city of Makkah, and they were being tortured, insulted, humiliated and attacked, for no reason other than being muslims, the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used the bonds of brotherhood to help them get through these difficult times. Many of the people who had entered Islam were even being attacked by their own families, and they had lost the support and backing of their blood relatives. So Prophet Mohammad (SAW) would select individuals from muslims and make them brothers, so that they would take care of each other and help each other during the ordeal that they were going through. This brotherhood between the Muslims transcends all racial and tribal barriers, and it is upheld by their common faith in Allah the Almighty, making it stronger than any other type of relationship, even blood relationships. In our modern world today, we commonly hear about racism and discrimination based on ethnicity, color of skin and language, but fact remains that Islam had overcome all of this by implementing the concept of brotherhood among muslims. Most muslims in the present day worls focus on the ritualistic worship aspects of Islam, but neglect the core values that Islam promotes. Prayers, fasting, charity, hajj, remembrance of Allah the Almighty and similar acts of worship form the basis of Islam. They are extremely important to firmly establish the faith of the muslim, and to build their relationship with Allah (swt) and increase their piety. However, Islam also teaches us another important aspect of our faith, which are the manners of how to deal with others. Unfortunately it is that these manners are often neglected by muslims today. May Allah the Almighty guide us all to implement the concept of brotherhood in our community and amongst each other, and to follow in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and the early muslims who implemented this practically in their lives. Unfortunately, it is all too common to find muslims performing their prayers and fasting but lacking the basic etiquettes taught to us by Prophet Mohammad (SAW). We as muslims need to perfect both our worship and our manners in order to be successful and gain the pleasure of Allah the Almighty. One of the most important pillars of our dealings with others, is the concept of brotherhood in Islam. This concept is emphasized in the holy Quran and in the Sunnah, and through the practical actions of the Prophet Mohammad (SAW). This brotherhood that is established by Islam places upon us certain rights and responsibilities that we must fulfill towards our muslim brothers. So let us search for opportunities to help our fellow muslim brothers without showing concern for the boundaries dividing countries all over the world. When we hear that one of our brothers needs help or is facing a problem anywhere in the world, let us really push ourselves and go out of our way to help. Not just financially, because sometimes it is easy to give some money and forget about the problem. We should be willing to go out and walk with our muslim brothers to help them fix their problems and help them physically and to be there with them. May Allah the Almighty guide us all to implement the concept of brotherhood in our community and amongst each other, and to follow in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and the early muslims who implemented this practically in their lives.