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    Ibrahim says: Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmathullahi wa Barakaathuhu


    Forwarding email……….

    Brotherhood: The Missing Foundation

    Glory upon He who created the heavens and the earth.

    Glory upon He with whose Name do we quench our thirst; and may the blessings and mercy of Allah be showered upon our Prophet, and his Ummah, both past and present.

    The society we live in today is characterised by something that was never present in our Prophet's ummah; loneliness. This loneliness manifests itself in division and secularism, slowly decaying and destroying our society. The relationships we share with our family and friends can be at best described as an abstract mosaic, devoid of life and intensity.


    "Botherhood", the term upon which much of the first Muslim state was built on no longer has the same meaning and strength. Now it relates to your friend, your mate, the people in your group or gang. A very narrow definition indeed.

    One of the greatest blessings of Islam is it's admirable success in creating strong, warm, rich and durable bonds of love and brotherhood between man. It is this blessing of love and brotherhood which is the greatest source of sustenance and nourishment for man, but few of us can honestly say that we have experienced true brotherhood.

    The brotherhood that I am talking about is the brotherhood that can become a permanent basis for social organisation in Islam, and this is confirmed by the directives of the Qur'an itself: " Surely believers are but brothers unto each other, so make peace and reconciliation amongst your brothers," (49:10). In Islam, faith is the cornerstone of brotherhood. It keeps Muslims close to each other in a fraternal relationship. This relationship is based on each brothers submission to Allah. Islamic brotherhood is a bond of faith as mentioned in the following saying of the Prophet: "the strongest relationship is built on loving for the sake of Allah and becoming angry for the sake of Allah". [Al-Bukhari]

    The importance of brotherhood is highlighted by the institution of this by the Prophet in his first state in Medina. As many Muslim emigrants were without means of livelihood, the Prophet laid the obligation of supporting them on the Ansar. The institution of brotherhood in its case was not simply a short term measure designed to deal with an immediate economic crisis but a major and permanent feature of the new social order that was emerging under the Prophet. It represented a deliberate choice in favour of a collective, co-operative spirit, over individualism and competitiveness. It was not an abstract unity. It was a real life organic unity that bound all Muslims. The Prophet has described it as such: "You find the Muslims in their mutual love and compassion, like one body, should any organ of it fall ill, the rest of the body will share in the fever and sleeplessness that ensues", (al-Bukhari)

    The bond of brotherhood is like a contract, because it confers certain rights and responsibilities between brothers, and Islam has laid down these rights and responsibilities. In all these comprise of six duties.

    The first duty is to render personal aid in the satisfaction of needs, as indicated by the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam); "If one of you goes with your brother to help him fulfill his duty, and then the Prophet made a small sign with his fingers and added, that is better for him than making a i'takif in my mosque for two months", (narrated by al-Hakim).

    A Muslim in the early days would see to the maintenance of his brothers wife and children after his bothers death, attending to their needs, visiting them daily, inquiring on what they needed. This is how brotherhood and compassion is shown. If a man does not manifest compassion towards his brother in the same degree as to himself, then there is no good in it.

    The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) has said: "those who help a Muslim in hardship in this world, will be protected by Allah from suffering hardship in the Hereafter....Allah will help his servants as long as they help their fellow Muslim brothers", (narrated by Muslim and Abu-Daud).

    The second duty concerns the tongue, which should sometimes be silent and at other times speak out. As for silence, the tongue should not mention a brother's faults in his absence. Rather you should feign ignorance. You should not dispute nor argue with him, you should not criticise him, accuse him of anything or quiz him about his affairs. You should not be suspicious, for suspicion is the most untruthful report and suspicion leads to prying and spying.

    On the authority of Abu-Huraira it is noted that the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:

    "Let him who believes in Allah and the last day either speak good or keep silent, and let him who believes in Allah and the last day be generous to his neighbour", (Muslim, & al- Bukhari).

    Also on the authority of Abu-Huraira, the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) has said:

    "Beware of suspicion for suspicion is the worst of false takers, and don't look for the faults of others and don't spy, and don't be jealous of one another; and O'Allah's worshippers ! Be brothers (as Allah has ordered you)", (al-Bukhari).

    The third duty relates to the forgiveness of your brother's mistakes and failings, and helping him overcome his shortcomings.

    Anas ibn Malik relates that the Holy Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:

    "Help your brother whether he is an oppressor or an oppressed person. A companion asked: " Messenger of Allah, I will help him if he is an oppressed person, but please tell me how I am to help if he happens to be an oppressor".

    The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) answered: "Check him from doing injustice, because preventing him from committing aggression is a help to him".

    Also, Abu-Huraira relates that the Holy Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said,

    "One who covers up the failings of somebody in this world, will have his shortcomings covered by Allah on the Day of Judgment."

    True Muslim brotherhood implies that you should pray for your brother and want for him what you would want for yourself, and this is the fourth duty. You should pray for him as you pray for yourself making no distinction at all between you and him. You should pray during his life and death that he may have all he might wish for himself, his family and his dependents.

    The Prophet has said:

    "The supplication of a Muslim for his brother without his knowledge is an accepted supplication and will be rewarded by the presence of an angel at his side. Every time he Supplicates for his brother the angel will say: Amen and the same for you too", (Muslim).

    On the authority of Anas ibn Malik, it is noted that the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) has said:

    "None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself, (al-Bukhari).

    The fifth responsibility concerns remaining loyal, truthful and sincere to your brother. The meaning of loyalty is steadfastness in love and maintaining it to the death with your brother. The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) has said:

    "If one of you defends the honour of his brother, Allah the Almighty, will keep the hellfire away from his face in the Hereafter." (Muslim).

    Loyalty also concerns not befriending the enemies of your brother, because if your friend obeys your enemy then they share enmity towards you.

    Loyalty and sincerity also includes love and co-operation, the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:

    "Do not end a friendship, do not turn your back, do not hate each other, and don't envy each other. As a servant of Allah, maintain brotherhood. Two Muslims may not remain on non speaking terms with each other for more than three days," (narrated by Malik).

    We now come to the sixth and final responsibility of brotherhood. This relates brotherhood as a communal responsibility with many duties. Abu-Huraira relates the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) as saying:

    "There are six duties of a Muslim to another Muslim: when you meet him you should say salaam, when he invites you, you should accept his invitation, when he advises you should also advise him, when he sneezes and says 'Alhamdolilah', you should reply 'Yarhamukallah'. When he is sick you should visit him and when he passes away you should accompany his dead body to the cemetery", (Muslim).

    These are the six very simple responsibilities of brotherhood. Inshallah by doing these Allah will unite our hearts and have mercy upon us and make our lives easy and full of blessing. O'Allah! Forgive us and all the believing men and women and unite their hearts with mutual love and set aright their mutual affairs and help them against your and their enemies. My brothers and sisters in Islam. We have all heard and seen the words of Allah and our beloved Prophet, Mohammed (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam). We are not friends or mates unto each other but we are brothers unto each other, forming the same body, but unfortunately this single body of ours is in need of much spirit, faith, iman and taqwaa which has been missing in recent years and Inshallah we are granted this by Allah the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth.

    Author : unknown

    Ibrahim says; My sincere apologize to the under mentioned Dear Brothers and Sisters who had used the gupshup PM and advised me or desired some response from me, for none of which I had responded in kind .

    Ace
    Muni,
    FactFinder
    armughal
    rvikz
    Yasmine
    rin
    Al-Farooq
    Mr laparwa
    sabah
    TOMASSO
    Shaheen
    homosapien
    OASis
    Ali_R
    Yasmine
    Mursalin
    sanam
    FYI
    faiz_warsi77


    Ibrahim says: One reason for this was I had not been able to browse the PM page for some time due to some bug that was attached to my computer , I had a problem as to how to access the PM in the beginning , after finding out how it works in this forum, I was unable to access the PM , as only the front page keeps loading every time I tried to access it, (due to a bug in my browser) lately I had been able to read all these messages , yet have not responded since they have been long overdue. Anyway I hope none of you will hold it against me for my shortcomings or lack of response.

    Jazak Allahu Khair for your advice and confidence.

    Was salaam
    Ibrahim

    #2
    Here, I thought you either went to the "holy mountain" or got into trouble. Any way, it is good to see you back and with a post that truly "takes it higher". You seem to have removed the edginess and added love. If you could get a proper Islamic state together, with all the good stuff in place, I would be very interested in it. I find much in this social system to commend it. Islam has harsh elements to it, but the real overridng plus is the decent quality. It is the only system to weld state and religion in a form not found anywhere else in the world today. Judaism seems cold, thus it's state is as well. Christian states don't really exist anymore, due to the many schisms. There is a bad example to draw a parallel with in the splintered, Islamic arena. My question for you is, Islam does not allow taking others as protectors, but are there Qu'ranic statements outlining the "protection' of others? I am thinking long term here.

    [This message has been edited by TOMASSO (edited May 04, 2002).]

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      #3
      Walaikumus Salaamu wa Rahmathullahi wa Barakaathuhu Br. Ibrahim,

      Just wanted to let you know, you may just disregard the Pm or if you still feel obligated to answer, please do take your time, there's no rush...

      Jazakallah khairun wasSalaam.

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        #4
        Originally posted by TOMASSO:
        My question for you is, Islam does not allow taking others as protectors, but are there Qu'ranic statements outlining the "protection' of others? I am thinking long term here.

        Ibrahim says : Greetings of Peace to one and all

        Dear Tomasso,

        Islam is the name of the religion the Creator ordained for mankind from the beginning of mankind’s existence on this planet . It is wrong to take anyone as protector other then God the Almighty Creator since he alone designed all that we see and see not.

        The Qur’an repeats itself in establishing who is the protector of mankind, in the under mentioned verse the creator questions mankind thus........

        47: 10 Do they not travel through the earth and see what was the End of those before them (who did evil)? Allah brought utter destruction on them and similar (fates await) those who reject Allah.

        11 That is because Allah is the Protector of those who believe but those who reject Allah have no protector.

        Ibrahim says : have you not traveled through the lands and witnessed the immense ruins on this planet that have no claimants but just braggers of past glory.

        In short mankind have no other protector then his Creator who has chosen to call Himself Allah. Even the Angels in heaven call Him “Allah” as written in the Bible and as repeated by Christians when they say Alle Luia

        Now coming to your fear about non believers being victimized in an Islamic state .

        The Qur’an conveys the following…………

        9: 6 If one amongst the pagans ask thee for asylum grant it to him so that he may hear the word of Allah and then escort him to where he can be secure: that is because they are men without knowledge.

        Commentary:

        Even among the enemies of Islam, actively fighting against Islam, there may be individuals who may be in a position to require protection. Full asylum is to be given to them, and opportunities provided for hearing the Word of Allah. If they accept the Word, they become Muslims and brethren, and no further question arises. If they do not see their way to accept Islam, they will require double protection:

        (1) from the Islamic forces openly fighting against their people, and

        (2) from their own people, as they detached themselves from them.

        Both kinds of protection should be ensured for them, and they should be safely escorted to a place where they can be safe.
        Such persons only err through ignorance, and there may be much good in them.

        Ibrahim says: this is the only scripture which tells mankind to protect others from their own kind when they seek for asylum ( even in the battle field ) ..

        Let me quote what the Prophet entrusted to Muslims and Muslims have upheld.

        LETTER TO THE MONKS OF ST. CATHERINE MONASTERY

        In 628 C.E. Prophet Muhammad granted a Charter of Privileges to the monks of St. Catherine Monastery in Mt. Sinai. It consisted of several clauses covering all aspects of human rights including such topics as the protection of Christians, freedom of worship and movement, freedom to appoint their own judges and to own and maintain their property, exemption from military service, and the right to protection in war.

        An English translation of that document follows:

        "This is a message from Muhammad Ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.

        Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.
        No compulsion is to be on them.

        Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.

        No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims' houses.

        Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God's covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.

        No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight.

        The Muslims are to fight for them.

        If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray.

        Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.

        No one of the Muslim community is to disobey this covenant till the Last Day(end of the world)." --Muhammad


        Source: http://www.londonmuslims.com/prophet/charter.html
        Regards
        Ibrahim

        Too many are waiting for their ships to come in, but they are waiting at the bus depot!

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          #5
          W'salaam
          A truly great read and thought provoking, thank you for sharing.

          Jazak"Allah
          Allah Hafiz
          .

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            #6
            Mohammad was a class act. It's no wonder he has such respect. His personality must have had much to do with his wisdom, to some degree. In his proclamations, he often sounds like a Soloman type figure, Soloman having preceded him.

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              #7
              Originally posted by TOMASSO:
              Mohammad was a class act. It's no wonder he has such respect. His personality must have had much to do with his wisdom, to some degree. In his proclamations, he often sounds like a Soloman type figure, Soloman having preceded him.
              History has recorded the appearance and deeds of many religious leaders: Moses, Jesus Christ, Zoroaster, and Abraham, to name just a few. There have also been many self-proclaimed prophets and messengers, each of whom has claimed to bring a divine revelation for mankind. Some have proven to be false, and others have been forgotten. But there is one religious leader who stands alone, an unlettered man who transmitted a revelation from God that literally changed the course of history and the destinies of a major portion of mankind: Muhammad, the Prophet and Messenger of God.

              ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA confirms:

              "...a mass of detail in the early sources shows that he was an honest and upright man who had gained the respect and loyalty of others who were likewise honest and upright men." (Vol. 12)

              BERNARD SHAW said about him: "He must be called the Savior of humanity I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it much-needed peace and happiness."

              (The Genuine Islam, Singapore, Vol. 1, No. X 1936)

              He was by far the most remarkable man that ever set foot on this earth. He preached a religion, founded a state, built a nation, laid down a moral code, initiated numerous social and political reforms, established a powerful and dynamic society to practice and represent his teachings, and completely revolutionized the worlds of human thought and behavior for all time to come.

              "HIS NAME IS MOHAMMED" May the Peace of God Be upon Him (PBUH)

              Born in Arabia in the year 570 CE, Muhammad started his mission of preaching Islam, the religion of truth and the submission of man to one God, at the age of forty and died at the age of sixty-three. During the short twenty-three year period of his prophet hood, Muhammad changed the entire Arabian peninsula forever. Within the space of one generation, the vast majority of people went from paganism and idolatry to devout and strict monotheism, from tribal quarrels and wars to national solidarity and cohesion, from drunkenness and debauchery to sobriety and piety, from lawlessness and anarchy to a lifestyle characterized by discipline, from moral bankruptcy to the highest standards of moral excellence. Human history has never seen such a complete transformation of a people or a place before or since-and just IMAGINE that all of these unbelievable wonders took place in JUST OVER TWO DECADES and because of the efforts of one man.
              The renowned historian Lamartine, when speaking on the essentials of human greatness, wonders:

              "If greatness of purpose, smallness of means and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to compare any great man in modern history with Muhammad? The most famous men created arms, laws and empires only They founded, if anything at all, no more than material powers which often crumbled away before their eyes. This man moved not only armies, legislation, empires, peoples and dynasties but millions of men in one-third of the then-inhabited world; and more than that, he moved the altars, the gods, the religions, the ideas, the beliefs and souls.... his forbearance in victory, his ambition, which was entirely devoted to one idea and in no manner striving for an empire; his endless prayers; his mystic conversations with God; his death and his triumph after death; all these attest not to an imposture but to a firm conviction which gave him the power to restore a dogma. This dogma was two-fold: the unity of God and the immateriality of God-the former telling what God is, the latter telling what God is not; the one overthrowing false gods with the sword, the other starting an idea with the words.
              Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire: that is MUHAMMAD.

              As regards all the standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask IS THERE ANY MAN GREATER THAN HE?"
              (Lamartine: Histoire de la Turquie, Paris, 1854Vol.11, pp 276- 277).

              The world has had its share of great personalities. But these were one-sided figures who distinguished themselves in only one or two fields, such as religious thought or military leadership. The lives and teachings of these great personalities are shrouded in the mists of time. There is so much speculation about the time and place of their birth, the mode and style of their life, the nature and detail of their teachings, and the degree and measure of their success or failure that it is impossible for humanity to reconstruct accurately the lives and teachings of these men.

              Not so this man The Prophet Muhammad accomplished so much in so many fields of human thought and behavior in the fullest blaze of human history. Every detail of his private life and public utterances has been accurately documented and faithfully preserved to our day The authenticity of the records so preserved are vouched for not only by the faithful followers but even by his prejudiced critics.

              Muhammad was a religious teacher, a social reformer, a moral guide, an administrative colossus, a faithful friend, a wonderful companion, a devoted husband, a loving father-all in one. No other man in history ever excelled or equaled him in any of these different aspects of life- but it was only for the selfless personality of Muhammad to achieve such incredible perfection.

              Mahatma Gandhi, speaking on the character of Muhammad, says in Young India:
              "I wanted to know the best of one who holds today undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind....I became more than convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidness, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle.

              When I closed the 2nd volume (of the Prophet's biography) I was sorry there was not more for me to read of the great life."

              Thomas Carlyle, in his Heroes and Hero-worship, was simply amazed as to "how one man single-handedly could weld warring tribes and wandering bedouins into a most powerful and civilized nation in less than two decades."

              Diwan Chand Sharma wrote: "Muhammad was the soul of kindness and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him. " (D. C. Sharma, The Prophets of the East, Calcutta 1935, pp. 12)

              Edward Gibbon and Simon Ockley, speaking on the profession of Islam write: "I believe in one God, and Mahomet, a Apostle of God" is the simple and invariable profession of Islam. The intellectual image of the Diety has never been degraded by any visible idol; the honor of the Prophet has never transgressed the measure of human virtues; and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his disciples within the bounds or reason and religion." (History of the Saracen Empires, London, 1870, p. 54).

              Muhammad was nothing more or less than a human being But he was a man with a noble mission, one which was to unite all human beings on the worship of the one and only God and to teach them the way to honest and upright living based on the commands of God. He always described himself as "a servant and messenger of God," and every single one of his actions proclaimed loudly the truth of this phrase.

              Speaking on the aspect of equality before God in Islam, the famous Indian poetess Sarojini Naidu says: "It was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy for, in the mosque when the call for prayer is sounded and worshippers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side and proclaim: "God Alone is Great." I have been struck over and over again by this indivisible unity of Islam that makes man instinctively a brother. (S. Naidu, "Ideals of Islam," vide Speaches ~ Writings, Madras, 1918, p. 169).

              In the words of Prof. Hurgronje: "The League of Nations founded by the prophet of Islam put the principle of international unity and human brotherhood on such universal foundations as to show candle to other nations ... the fact is that no nation of the world can show a parallel to what Islam has done towards the realization of the idea of the League of Nations."

              The world has not hesitated to raise to divinity individuals whose lives and missions have been lost in legend. Historically speaking, none of these legends achieved even a fraction of what Muhammad accomplished. And all of his striving was for the sole purpose of uniting mankind for the worship of the one God on the codes of moral excellence. Muhammad or his followers never at any time claimed that he was a son of God, a God-incarnate, or a man having a divine nature-he always was and is even today considered as only a human messenger chosen by God.

              Michael H. Hart, in his recently published book on the rating of individuals who have contributed towards the benefit and upliftment of mankind writes: "My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels. (M H. Hart, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, New York, 1978, pp. 33)

              Today even after a lapse of fourteen century, the life and teachings of Muhammad have survived without the slightest loss, alteration, or interpolation. They offer the same undying hope for treating mankind's many ills that they did when he was alive. This is not a claim of Muhammad's followers but also the inescapable conclusion reached by a critical and unbiased study of human history.

              Maybe it is time for you to get to know this outstanding person who has influenced the life of billions of people over the last fourteen hundred years. He could also change your life.

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                #8
                Good to see you back Ibrahim Bhai and thanks for the post.

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