Let’s talk about sisterhood and brotherhood for the sake of Allah and let’s find out how much Allah SWT loves this relation between Muslims.
On the Day of Judgment during the 50,000 years while we are all standing and waiting in the highest level of heat….Allah SWT will come and will ask: ‘Where are those who loved each other for the sake of My glory? Today, – on a day when there is no shade but mine – I shall shade them with My shade.” [Sahîh Muslim (2566)]
As simple as that…Subhana Allah
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Among Allah’s servants are people who are neither Prophets nor martyrs, but whom the Prophets and martyrs will deem fortunate because of their high status with Allah.”
They asked: “O Messenger of Allah! Inform us of who they are.”
He said: “They are people who loved each other for Allah’s sake, without being related to one another or being tied to one another by the exchange of wealth. By Allah, theur faces will be luminous and they will be upon light. They will feel no fear when the people will be feeling fear and they will feel no grief when the people will be grieving.”
Then we have the famous hadîth that enumerates the seven people who will enjoy Allah’s shade on a day when there is no shade but His. One of those mentioned are: “two men who love each other for the sake of Allah alone, meeting for that reason and parting for that reason.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (660) and Sahîh Muslim (1031)]
Here there is a very important question we all should ask ourselves about it……….Why dose Allah SWT love brotherhood and sisterhood for his sake?
Because by you being good to your fellow Muslim brother or sister you are actually being good to a soul which Allah chose for you before you were even born or come to this world…..how?
(When Allah created Adam, He wiped Adam’s back and every person that He will create from him until the Day of Resurrection fell out from his back…. Allah then asked us if we testify that he is our lord and creator and we all agreed to it and testified……
﴿وَأَشْهَدَهُمْ عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ أَلَسْتَ بِرَبِّكُمْ قَالُواْ بَلَى﴾
(and made them testify as to themselves (saying): “Am I not your Lord” They said: “Yes!”)
This is what we call (3alam Al Arwaah) or (the world of souls), this world was before the world we are in now. Allah spoke to our souls not our bodies. In that world our souls met with our friends from this world and we liked each other then before we meet here in this dunia…..that is why sometimes you meet someone for a very short time and you feel like you know them for a long time, it’s because you have met them before in Alaam Al Arwah Subhana Allah.
The Prophet PBUH said: “Souls are like conscripted soldiers; those whom they recognize, they get along with, and those whom they do not recognize, they will not get along with”
And the scholars explained it that it means the souls which met and liked it each other in the first world before this dunia, end up liking and recognizing each other in this dunia and the opposite.
So by you loving your fellow Muslim sister if you are female and brother if you are a male for the sake of Allah, you are actually cherishing Allah’s choice for you.
Loving one another for the sake of Allah and brotherhood in faith are among the most excellent acts of worship. This worship comes with conditions upon those who would love for the sake of Allah. This love has its duties that must be fulfilled so that the relationship will be pure and free of base undercurrents. Upholding these duties brings a servant nearer to Allah and to His pleasure and, over time, it can bring about a greater nobility of person.
Among the duties of this love are the following:
1. They must truly love to extend support and assistance to each other and must love good for one another. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “None of you believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (13) and Sahîh Muslim (45)]
2. They must enjoin each other to truth and patience and give each other sincere advice. They must enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and guide each other. They must help one another in carrying out works of righteousness.
Allah says: “By time! Surely the human being is at loss. Except for those who have faith and do righteous deeds and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to patience.” [Sûrah al-`Asr]
Allah also says: “The believing men and women are protecting friends of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong.” [Sûrah al-Tawbah: 71]
3. They must engage in the things that cultivate this love, strengthen interpersonal relationships, and facilitate the fulfilling of their duties to one another.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A Muslim has six rights over another Muslim.”
They asked: “What are they, O Messenger of Allah?”
He said: “When you meet him, greet him with peace. When he invites you, accept his invitation. When he seeks your advice, advise him. When he sneezes and them praises Allah, invoke Allah’s blessings upon him. When he falls ill, visit him. When he dies, follow his funeral.” [Sahîh Muslim (2162)]
4. A Muslim has the right to kind treatment from his fellow Muslim. He should be greeted with a smile and given a pleasant reception.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Do not view any good act as insignificant, even the act of greeting your brother with a smile on your face.” [Sahîh Muslim (2626)]
Discord and division should be avoided. Ibn Taymiyah said: “If every time two Muslims disagreed they shunned each another, then there would be no cooperation or brotherhood among Muslims.”
5. They must guide each other to what is good and help each other in acts of obedience. Likewise, they must prevent and discourage one another from falling into sin and iniquity.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “One should help his brother whether he is an oppressor or the one being oppressed. If he is an oppressor, forbid him from his oppression and in that way you help him. If he is being oppressed, then come to his aid.” [Sahîh Muslim (2584)]
6. The love between believers completes itself in a most wonderful and genuine manner when the two are away from each other, and each of them in secret prays to Allah for the other. This continues for the living one even after the other has departed from the Earth.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A Muslim’s supplication for his brother in secret is answered. At his head an angel is appointed, and whenever he supplicates for his brother with something good, the angel appointed to him says: ‘Amîn, and likewise for you’.” [Sahîh Muslim (2733)]
7. They must excuse one another’s mistakes and defend each other’s honor, never speaking ill of or deriding one another. They should keep each other’s secrets, advise one another sincerely, and never abuse each other.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “It is not permissible for one Muslim to distress a another.” [Sunan Abî Dâwûd (5004) and Musnad Ahmad (23064)]
I love you all for the sake of Allah in shaa Allah.