DEALING WITH OTHER MUSLIMS



Imagine yourself in the plain of Hudaibya at the time when the Hudaibya peace treaty was being signed. Urwa bin Masoud was still a non-believer representing the kufar of Makkah. After visiting the Prophet (SAW) and his companions, he reported back to the kufar of Makkah concerning his visit. He was extremely impressed and taken aback when he saw the ultimate love, honor, and respect that the companions expressed to their beloved Prophet (SAW). He told the kufar of Makkah that he had visited all the major world courts and had seen the emperors and kings of his time, and observed that no one commanded even a fraction of the degree of love, respect and discipline that the companions observed for their beloved Prophet (SAW).

In following our beloved Prophet (SAW) and obeying Allah (SWT), we should consider the day-to-day dealings of the companions. We should love and respect the Prophet (SAW) as they did, and this should be reflected in our daily lives. We should show kindness to all creatures of Allah (SWT), and we should hasten to greet each other. The Prophet (SAW) said, “The first person to offer salam receives ten virtues, whereas the person responding gets only one.” We should try not to hurt anyone’s feelings and to be very considerate and courteous to each other. We should not wait until somebody walks over to us and offers his salams. Instead, we should be the ones initiating this and embracing our fellow Muslims in keeping with the sunnah of the Prophet (SAW). If one of our brothers is ill, we should be concerned about him as much as we would be concerned if we ourselves were sick.

The following are sayings of our beloved Prophet (SAW) about our dealing with each other:

None of you truly believes unless he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.Do not envy one another; do not inflate prices one to another; do not hate one another; do not turn away from one another; do not undercut one another, but be you, oh servants of Allah, brothers. 
A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim: he neither oppresses him nor does he fail, he neither lies to him nor does he hold him in contempt. Piety is right here — and he pointed to his breast three times. It is evil enough for a man to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. The whole of a Muslim for another Muslim is inviolable: his blood, his property, and his honor.

by Dr. Aftab A. Aftab, Islamic Herald Advisor, The Islamic Herald, February 1996

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