Our ummah can’t survive unless we love each other
Allah (TWT) has promised us that He will change the condition of our ummah if we change ourselves. It’s a Divine Rule. But have you ever thought about how we will react towards each other after Allah grants us this promised victory? For example, I’m afraid that one day, after Allah grants us victory, we will hate some of our Muslims brothers and sisters. I’m afraid that in the future, Iraqi and Kuwaiti Muslims won’t feel easy about each other. In their subconscious, Iraqi’s will think that Kuwaiti’s were behind all what happened and there will be an emotional barrier between them. Not so far back, we used to feel bad towards our Palestinian brothers and sisters, we used to think that they deserve what was going on to them because they sold their lands to the Israelis in the first place, they let them in. Time passed and we realized that this was a wicked lie and big illusion, it turned out that we were just saying that to feel that we have no responsibility towards them. We saw them on the TV sacrificing their own lives for their land. We saw families being driven out of their homes before it was demolished. We saw children and youth driving the Israeli army crazy with their stones. A Palestinian family today is ashamed if their household is without martyrs. Our enemies tried to sow hate in our hearts between us so that we wouldn’t care about them. We can’t allow hate towards one another find its way into our hearts. We have to maintain our brotherhood and purify our hearts from hate towards each other.
Do you know that Brotherhood is deeply embedded in our religion? It’s a fundamental concept in Islam. Allah says what can be translated as, “Surely the believers are only brothers…” (TMQ, 49:10). Let me demonstrate to you how essential Brotherhood is to Muslims, and I won’t start from Prophet Muhammad’s (SAWS) time, no, I’ll go back much before that. Let us start with Prophet Musa (AS). When Allah told him that he must go to the Pharaoh of Egypt and convey to him the message of Allah, what did Musa (AS) ask? Allah tells us that he asked, “And make for me a counsellor of my family, Harûn, (Aaron) my brother, Uphold my back (i.e., confirm my strength) by him, And associate him with me in my Command (Or: my affair), That we may extol You much, And remember You much, Surely You have been Ever-Beholding us.” (TMQ, 20:29-35). Musa (AS) asked Allah to let Harun (AS) (Aaron) be with him because his brother was so important to him and Musa (AS) knew that as a team they would be more successful and would help each other be better servants to Allah. Can you sense the love between both of them from the ayahs? Then Allah replied, “Said He, “You are already granted (Literally: brought) your request, O Mûsa (Moses).” (TMQ, 20:36).
The two brothers demonstrate to us the importance of brotherhood and unity once again when Musa (AS) went to meet Allah and left Harun (AS) in charge of the Israelites. When the Jews started to worship a golden cow Harun (AS) tried to guide them back to The Straight Path and some people responded but most of them refused. Harun (AS) noticed that this was causing a split in the community between the true Believers and those who deviated. Harun (AS) feared that this would lead to breaking the union between the Israelites, so he preferred to be patient and leave them as they were until Musa (AS) came back. When Musa (AS) returned and was devastated to see his people worshiping a golden cow, he blamed Harun (AS) for not being responsible enough. Allah says what can be translated as, “He (Harûn) said, “O son of my mother, do not take hold of my beard or of my head! I was apprehensive that you would say, ‘You have caused disunity among the Seeds (Or: sons) of ) and you have not respected my saying.” (TMQ, 20:94). This is how unity and maintaining brotherhood was important to Prophet Harun (AS).
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) taught us how essential brotherhood is for Muslims and for Islam to flourish. In the midst of oppression and persecution in Makkah (Makkah), Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) started to preach Islam to other tribes and cities hoping that he could find a place that is more secure than Makkah to move to. He never thought of going to Yethreb though (Medinah afterwards) because there was an ongoing war between two tribes there, al-Aws and al-Khazraj. Do you know why there was a war? Let me tell you. The Jews moved to Yethreb because their sacred scripts told them that the last Prophet will appear soon and he will migrate to this city, so they decided to move and settle there to wait for his appearance. Seeing that there are two big tribes in Yethreb they feared that they would drive them out, so they decided to keep them busy fighting one another. Also another reason to start a war between al-Aws and al-Khazraj was to profit from selling weapons to them. So the Jews divided themselves into two groups, each group allied with one tribe, either al-Aws or al-Khazraj. Part of the alliance agreement was that if a Jew allied with al-Aws is killed then the whole tribe must participate in punishing the attacking tribe. So the Jews would plot fake clashes between themselves where a Jew allied with al-Aws would “kill” a Jew allied with al-Khazraj thereby sparking a war between the two tribes. So the tribal war in Medinah was at its peak and the Jews were fueling it more and more, and therefore Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) never even considered it as a place to immigrate to. Then one day Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) met six youth from al-Khazraj tribe in Makkah and they all accepted Islam and went back to Yethreb. The next year they were 12 Muslims, nine from al-Khazraj and three from al-Aws. When Prophet Muhammad (SAW) saw that, he became very happy because he felt that Islam was bringing back the brotherhood between these two tribes. Another year passed and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) migrated to Yethreb and announced the ending of the ongoing war between al-Aws and al-Khazraj, and the relationship between them became one of brotherhood and mutual respect and love. The Jews failed ever since to restart any war between them, the brotherhood was far too strong, it was strengthened by a flow of revelations encouraging brotherhood.
“And adhere firmly to the Rope (i.e. the Covenant of Allah=the Qur’an) of Allah, altogether, and do not be disunited; and remember the favor of Allah upon you as you were enemies, then He brought your hearts together, (Literally: joined “between”) so you have become brethren by His favor. And you were upon the brink of a hole of the Fire, so He rescued you from it. Thus Allah makes evident His signs to you, that possibly you would be guided.” (TMQ, 3:103).
“Surely the believers are only brothers; so make a reconciliation between your two brothers, and be pious to Allah, that possibly you would be granted mercy.” (TMQ, 49:10).
“And (the ones) who came even after them say, “Our Lord, forgive us and our brothers who went before us in belief, and do not set up in our hearts rancor towards (the ones) who have believed. Our Lord, surely You are Ever-Compassionate, Ever-Merciful.” (TMQ, 59:10).
The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah, the Exalted, will say, “Where are those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory? Today I shall shelter them in My Shade when there will be no shade except Mine.’” Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) also said, “Allah, the Exalted, has said, “For those who love one another for the sake of My Glory, there will be seats of light (on the Day of Resurrection), and they will be envied by the Prophets and martyrs’.”
One day Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) was sitting with one of his companions and a man was passing by. The companion said to Prophet Muhammad (SAWS), “Do you know that I love this man for the sake of Allah”, so the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) asked, “Did you tell him?” The companion replied, “No”. Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) said, “Go quickly and tell him! When a man loves his brother (for Allah’s sake) let him tell him that he loves him”. This is how fundamental brotherhood is in Islam.
In the Battle of Uhud 70 Muslims were killed. After the battle was over and the Muslims were burying the dead, Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) suddenly halted the process asking loudly while searching between the dead bodies, “Where is Amr ibn Al-Jamooh and Abdullah ibn Haram?!” When the companions asked why, he replied, “Burry them together! They loved each other in this world for the sake of Allah, let them be buried together!” Can you believe that? But this doesn’t mean that as brothers, nothing goes wrong between us, we are after all human.
Here’s an example; One day Abu-Dhar (RA) had an argument with Bilal (RA) and called him, “Son of a Black Woman”. Bilal became so sad he went and complained to the Prophet (SAWS). Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) went to Abu-Dhar (RA) and angrily asked, “Did you say that?! You are a man who has ignorance in him.” Abu-Dhar (RA) deeply regretted what he did. He put his cheek on the ground and asked Bilal to step on his face saying, “I swear by Allah that you step on my face so that Allah may forgive me”, but Bilal didn’t and he forgave him, and when Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) died, he was pleased with them both. Brotherhood dear brothers and sisters, we might have our difference, we might argue, but we will always be one family.
Let us revive the sense of brotherhood in our ummah. It’s a shield that protects our unity and grants us Allah’s mercy.
Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) told us that on the Day of Judgment, two men would stand in front of Allah and one of them would say, “O Allah, this man took something from me against my will!” So Allah would tell the other man to give the first man’s property back, but he doesn’t speak, he remains silent. So the first one says, “O Allah, then let me take from his good deeds!” When Allah tells the second man to give the first one from his hasanat (righteous deeds), he looks up with despair and cries, “O Lord, I no longer have any good deeds.” So the first one (persistently) demands, “O Allah, then take from my sins and dump it onto him!” Then Allah asks him, “How about something better than that? Raise your head.” So the first man raises his head and sees a spectacular Palace and says, “Wow! Whose Palace is that? A Prophet? A Martyr?” Allah replies, “To whomever has the price.” The man asks, “And who could possibly have the price of such a Palace?” Allah replies, “You.” The man asks with surprise, “Me?!” Allah explains to him saying, “Yes you, by forgiving your brother, you will have the price.” So the man says, “I forgive him O Lord! I forgive him!” Allah tells him, “Take your brother’s hand and enter Paradise together!”
Let us forgive each other dear brothers and sisters, let us strengthen our bonds, and let us revive our brotherhood. Let us remove any hatred towards each other from our hearts. We need that to change our condition, and if we change our condition, Allah will certainly change the condition of our ummah.