Saturday, June 5, 2010

Brotherhood is lacking, Unity is gone

Today, i would like to share with others about "brotherhood" from the tafsir class by Syaikh Haslam I attended last Friday.

Rasulullah s.a.w once prayed to Allah 3 things; 2 of them were accepted but 1 was not:

1) not to destroy the whole ummah by being drowned --> accepted
2) not to destroy the whole ummah by the enemy --> accepted
3) not to let the ummah to turn against one another --> NOT accepted

Here, we'll look at 5 verses of Quran which say about brotherhood:

1)type of punishment

Say: “He has power to send torment on you from above or from under your feet, or to cover you with confusion in party strife, and make you to taste the violence of one another.” See how variously We explain the Ayat, so that they may understand. (Al-An’am: 65)

from this verse, we can see that there are 3 types of punishment by Allah, and disunity is one of them:

1- torment from above (rainfall etc.)
2- torment from under our feet (earthquake etc.)

2) greatness of brotherhood

In surah al-Anfal ayat 60-62, Allah describes about battle. It says that we should prepare for battle when needed, if the enemy want to make peace, then do it, if the enemy intends to deceive, then Allah is always enough for us, He's the one who helps us with his help.

then, in the same Surah al-Anfal, Allah continues in Ayat 63:

"And he has united their (believers’) hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have united their hearts, but Allah has united them, Certainly He is All-Mighty, All-Wise".(Surah Al-Anfal:63)

Allah has joined the heart between us. even if we are able to combine everything in the world, we still cannot join 2 hearts except Allah. that's how Allah says about the greatness of brotherhood. it's a 'present' from Allah.

3) What we do that weaken brotherhood?

"Mankind was one community and Allah sent Prophets with glad tidings and warnings, and with them He sent down the Scripture in truth to judge between people in matters wherein they differed. And only those to whom (the Scripture) was given differed concerning it after clear proofs had come unto them through hatred, one to another. And Allah by His Leave guided those whom He wills to the straight Path". (Al-Baqarah: 213)

From this verse,we can see that jealousy against one another is the main cause. justice been denied, and most of them because of materialistic. eg: want to be leader of an organization, Imam of the mosque.

4) Not only being jealous, but stop others from doing good deeds too

(An-Nisa”: 54-55)
"Or do they envy men (Muhammad and his followers) for what Allah has given them of His bounty? Then, We had already given the family of Ibrahim the book and Al-Hikmah (As-sunnah- Divine Revelation to those Prophets not written in the form of a book), and conferred upon them a great kingdom". (54)
"Of them were (some) who believed in him (Muhammad), and of them were (some) who averted their faces from him (Muhammad), and enough is Hell for burning (them)".(55)

This verse describes about ahli-Kitab,some of them were jealous of Muhammad s.a.w. Not only being jealous, they also block and stuck others from benefiting from the good.

5) Golden principles of unity

(Ali-Imran: 102-105)
O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared. And die not except in a state of Islam. (102)
And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (Quran), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah’s Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you become brethren (in Islamic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saves you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat clear to you, that you may be guided.(103)
Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma’ruf and forbidding Al-Munkar. And it is they who are the successful. (104)
And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment.(105)

In this verse, Allah tells us what we should do to maintain brotherhood. firstly, fear only to Allah and keep duty to Allah. secondly, and the most important key, safely hold on tightly to the ROPE OF ALLAH. what is the rope of Allah?? It means hold tight to AL-QURAN as our guidance. Last but not least, let us Amar Ma'ruf and Nahi Munkar.

Therefore, let us stop pointing fingers to others, but to ourselves. Look at the mirror, ask ourselves, "Am I the one doing this?" "Am I being jealous?" "Am I doing injustice?"

Al-Quran is the best resource of everything we need. this is just an example. how al-Quran describes about brotherhood.

Wake up brothers and sisters..let us spread the sweetness of brotherhood..why?? because we CARE..


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