When Ukhuwwah Islamiah Becomes Eroded (English Translation)

  1. The Believers are but a single Brotherhood,so make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah, that you may receive Mercy.”(Surah al-Hujurat verse 10)
  2. Allah clearly mentions in the verse above that those who believe in Allah and the Hereafter are indeed brothers. Brotherhood mentioned here based on shared faith that is belief and surrender to Allah.
  3. Therefore, it is not surprising if in the sirah Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when he migrated to Medina he has  united Muhajirin and  Ansar.As narrated by Ibn Qayyim the Prophet (pbuh) held a meeting for uniting Muhajirin and Ansar at Anas ibn Malik’s home.At that time, about 90 men attended whereby half of the them are Muhajirin and the other half are Ansar. What make me so astonished is the values of brotherhood shown between Muhajirin and Ansar although they are just united by the Prophet (pbuh) and on first acquaintance.For example,narrated by al-Imam Bukhari r.h. that the Prophet (pbuh) has united Abdul Rahman ibn Auf with  Sa’d  ibn Al-Rabi’  in Madinah.Sa’d  ibn Al-Rabi’ said to Abdul Rahman ibn Auf:”Actually I am the most wealth Ansar , here I want to divide into two, my wife is two,select which one of those who consented to the your heart, and I want to divorce her, after her  iddah you can marry with her.“(Ar-Rahiqul Makhtum translation edition ,al-Mubarakfuri, page 247-248)
  4. Look  how pure the value of brotherhood shown by the Companions of the Prophet(pbuh) .However, to expect such thing to happen today is quite impossible.Muslims nowadays become eroded from the value of ukhuwwah Islamiah.They prefer brotherhood not based on the Islamic faith but based on race, ethnicity, language and country.They seem to return back to Arab Jahiliyyah period where at that time the spirit of assabiah to the their own tribe become as their holding.
  5. This problem occurs on all levels and among Muslims whether they are rich, poor, old, young, has power and so on.The value of brotherhood become eroded from the smallest to the greatest matters.
  6. We are very sad with the recent news report about the Egyptian government action to build a steel wall between Egypt and Palestine and has prevented members of the convoy Viva Palestina at Port El-Arish, who want to send humanitarian aid such as food, medicines and school equipment which amounted more than U.S. $ 1 million to the Palestinians.Where the value of ukhuwwah Islamiah has gone and lost? Is there no piece of ukhuwwah Islamiah in the chest of Egyptian government?

    Egyptian authorities prevented the convoy of Viva Palestina from entering Palestine

  7. This tragedy shows how severe the values of brotherhood among Muslims today.Non-muslims become strong now is not because of their greatness and strength, but the weakness of unity and brotherhood among Muslims.Thus, to restore Muslims’ strength is actually by restoring unity and brotherhood among Muslims themselves.
  8. Each of us certainly have friends.Those who do not have friends like them who live in an island abandoned alone.However, do we know, on the basis of what we are actually making friends with our friends?Is it on the basis of age, or a school, or because of same personal behavior, or our friends are clever in his study,or they have money?This question we must ask ourselves.Most of us actually are making friends with someone based on the basis mentioned above.If their friends do not have any advantage for them,they might leave their friends alone.Friendship built on these basis  is not strong and no sustainable.Even,it may possibly lead to hostilities in the Hereafter.
  9. Therefore,we must build friendship with our friends on the basis of ukhuwwah Islamiah as stated in the verse of Quran above.How to achieve that? Of course there are some rights of ukhuwwah Islamiah must be maintained.
  10. To achieve ukhuwwah Islamiah although it is easy to be expressed by our words, but actually difficult to be obtained.This is because:imagine you are friends with someone not because of his age,wealth, family and others,but solely because of Allah and basis of the same faith and belief.You may love your friends who do not have any advantages of wealth, education and so forth, but as they hold the same faith you still love him.This requires understanding, effort, as well as sincerity, and is time-consuming to be achieved.
  11. Allah has outlined to us a few of rights and dignity that should be treated in the Islamic brotherhood.He said:”O you who believe!Let not some men among you laugh at others:it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former):nor defame nor be sarcastic to each othe,nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness, (to be used of one) after he has believed:and those who do not desist are (indeed) doing wrong.O you who believe!Avoid suspicion as mush (as possible) for suspicion  in some cases is a sin: and spy not on each other,nor speak ill of each other behind their backs.Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother?Nay,you would abhor it.But fear Allah;for Allah is Oft-Returning,Most Merciful.”(surah al-Hujurat verses 11-12)
  12. Verses that I made bold above is usually happen to us with our friends.We sometimes not show respect to one another such as female against male and vice versa, as well as our hearts are not free with prejudice against our friends.Just because they don’t come to “usrah” once,they are considered with many suspicion.Our daily words are not free of speaking ill of each other behind their backs whether we are aware these or not.Within advances of technology today, these things can be translated and are expressed through writing in blog and comments in Facebook.So,avoid ourselves from these manners and always ask forgiveness from Allah as well as apologize to our friends if we made them.
  13. Finally, I would like to end with a Hadith of Prophet (pbuh) concerning with Islamic brotherhood and rights of Muslims.Narrated by Abu Hurairah r.a., he said Prophet (pbuh) has said:”Do not envy each other, do not ask a high price to buy with intention not to buy but to deceive and harm others,do not hate each other,do not sell the part of other’s sales,be servants of Allah who keep brotherhood,the believer is the brother of another believer,he did not make bad things,lying and humiliaiting the others,taqwa(piety) is here-while showing to his chest three times.A person is considered guilty if he had insulted his Muslim brothers.Blood,wealth and dignity of his Muslim brothers are illegal(to be invaded).“(Narrated by al-Imam Muslim)

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