The enforcement of the Muslim Brotherhood/Sisterhood is one of the greatest social ideals of Islam. One of the most important sermons in Islam was the last Sermon of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on his last pilgrimage. It was based on social ideals and one of these social ideals is the complete realization of the Muslim Brotherhood/Sisterhood. In this connection, the Almighty Allah says in Quran 49:10; “The Believers are one Brotherhood/sisterhood, so make peace and sustain the brotherhood/sisterhood between your brothers and sisters; and fear Allah, so that you may receive Mercy.”

 In Sahih Al-Bukhari hadith 8.40; An-Numan ibn Bashir narrated that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is reported to have said; “The believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love and kindness to one another, resemble the body. If any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness and fever with it and prays for it speedy recovery.” For instance if one of the ten fingers of a person is swollen, the whole body has a sleepless night and prays for the following day to come as quickly as possible.

When the day breaks, in some cases, he ties the hand to the neck with a sling and the left hand supports it if it is the right hand that is swollen and vise versa. The eyes then guide him and the body transports him to the hospital. Upon seeing the doctor, the mouth to speaks to the doctor and the ears are attentive to listen to him. He would say, “oh doctor my finger is swollen”.  His complain would not be; “Oh doctor the finger is swollen”. He would only say; Oh doctor my finger is swollen Upon getting home, if he gets treatment, he would say, “I have got treatment”. This is exactly  the way Muslim Ummah should behave towards each other as far as the Muslim brotherhood/sisterhood is concern. We are One Ummah.

If one person is blessed with wealth, it is indeed the whole Muslim Ummah that is blessed with the wealth. Should a misfortune befall him, it is the whole Muslim Ummah that a misfortune befallen; they share the misfortune with him. Better still if one Muslim is in trouble it is the duty of the rest of the Ummah to get him out of the trouble. The Muslim Ummah should support each other as far as the basic needs of a human being are concern, just like how the Ansars of Madina supported the Muhajirs from Makka. The Ansars  gave them shelter, food and even gave out their  wives be married by them . They shared with them their wealth. Such is the essence of the Muslim brotherhood/sisterhood in Islam.  

The Muslim brotherhood/sisterhood is like a journey the whole Ummah embarks upon. The brotherhood/sisterhood in Islam does not allow any of its members to be left behind; the strong must support the weak. The fortunate ones should share their fortune with the unfortunate ones. The knowledgeable should teach those who are not. This is what the Muslim brotherhood/sisterhood is all about. Short of the above is paying lip service to  Muslim brotherhood/sisterhood In order not to pay lip service in the Deen of Islam, Allah warns the Ummah thus, in Quran 61:2-3; “Oh believers, why do you say what you do not do? It is a grievous sin in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.”

The Almighty Allah says in Quran 2:143; “Thus have We made of you an Ummah justly balanced, that you might be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger a witness over you; ….”  It is compulsory that these virtues be practiced hundred per cent by this Ummah because the Messenger of Allah, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), who should over see our affairs, had magnificent conduct and was well behaved. Allah attests to that in Quran 68:4; “And most surely you conform to an exalted and excellent standard of character.”

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was recognized among friends and foes alike as trustworthy, Al-Amin. He was, throughout his mission cheerful, forbearing and modest with dignity. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) kept himself very clean and neat. He taught us that; “cleanliness and neatness is a sign of faith.” He left his house in the best outward appearance. He greeted first those whom he met, men women and children with the same courtesy. He spent his entire life with the same modesty and humbleness. He was always at the service of everybody. He taught the Ummah this high sense of servitute by saying; “the leader of community is the servant of that community.”

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