A Believer Is Like a Building for another Believer, With Each Brick Strengthening the Other Brick
1. Morality relates to the link between rights and responsibilities of the slaves of God, which every human being must fulfil.
2. Before uttering a word, one should think about the consequences. It is preferable to avoid doing anything harmful
3. Jealousy, animosity, hatred, malice, gossip, and other ills are all avoided easily by the person who makes less contact with others.
4. Muslims should strive to bring peace and comfort to one another.
By Dr. Mufti Muhammad Karim Khan
28 December 2021
Translated by Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam
When a person enters the world, he is connected to a variety of things in the universe. It is a moral obligation to conduct this relationship properly. Morality relates to the link between rights and responsibilities of the slaves of God, which every human being must fulfil. Islam is built on moral principles. “I have been sent to perfect good morals,” the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated. (Mu'ta Imam Malik, Mu'ta Imam Malik, Mu'ta Imam Malik)
Some hadiths from Sahih Bukhari will be narrated in this article, in which the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) explains the precepts of ethics in a very nice manner.
Unity of the Ummah: Abu Musa al-Ash'ari reports that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “A believer is like a building for another believer, with each brick strengthening the other brick.” Allah says, “And hold fast to the rope of Allah altogether.” (Surah Ale-Imran: 103)
The following points can be deduced from the hadith. During sermons and exhortations, it is permissible to give examples. It is not acceptable for a Muslim to divide and destroy his or her fellow Muslims. In this world and the next, a Muslim is a helper to another Muslim.
Control of Tongue: According to Hazrat Abu Hurayrah, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “A person sometimes speaks something and does not realise its harms, and as a result, he falls down to hell as far as the distance between east and west.”
This blessed hadith infers the following points: "One should ponder before speaking." Before uttering a word, one should think about the consequences. It is preferable to avoid doing anything harmful. The tongue should be kept under control. A man should not speak a word whose beauty and ugliness he is unaware of.
Good deeds: According to Hazrat Uday bin Hatim, the Holy Prophet (saws) said, “Beware of hell, even if it is with a piece of palm. So, if he is incapable of doing so, he should only be saved by Kalima Tayyeb.”
The following considerations can be derived from this blessed hadith: It's not a good idea to scoff at any good deed. Saying something nice is also a form of charity. It is not acceptable to offer a worthy beggar a harsh response. Kindness and excellent treatment should be extended to the poor and needy (Surat al-Dhuha: 10). Good conversations help to keep the heart pure. The servant should be eager to earn divine recompense by noble words and deeds.
The Hereafter is the True Destination: “Live like the impoverished or the traveller in the world, and count yourself among the people of graves,” the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) remarked, according to Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar.
From this blessed hadith, the following issues can be deduced: It is not a Muslim's tradition to be eager for money. At all times, death must be remembered. The less wealth there is, the easier the reckoning on the Day of Resurrection will be. Jealousy, animosity, hatred, malice, gossip, and other ills are all avoided easily by the person who makes less contact with others. In order to obtain God's pleasure in this life, one must continue to strive.
The believer is always advantageous: “Tell me of a tree that resembles a Muslim, and the soul yields fruit at all times by the command of its Lord, and its leaves do not fall off,” the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, according to Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar. He then added, “It's a palm tree.”
The believer is always beneficial: It is narrated on the authority of Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar that the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Tell me of a tree which resembles a Muslim, and the soul bears fruit at all times by the command of its Lord and its leaves do not fall off. Then he said: It is a palm tree.”
From this blessed hadith, the following points can be deduced: Every effort should be made to draw students' and beneficiaries' attention. The goal of interrogation should not be to perplex or deceive the people. When you’re in front of your teachers, sheikhs, or elders, it’s preferable to keep your mouth shut. The best way to preach knowledge is to explain difficulties using examples. A Muslim, like a palm tree, can be a source of good for others both during his life and after he dies. Faith is as deep in the heart of a believer as the roots of a palm tree are deep in the ground. Asking inquiries does not imply that you are illiterate. A believer is trustworthy and helpful to others.
Islamic Brotherhood: According to Nu'man ibn Bashir, the Holy Prophet said, “When a person's body is in pain, his entire body does not sleep, and every part of him becomes involved in the development of a fever.”
From this blessed hadith, the following points can be deduced. The believer should show love and compassion to his believing brother. Believers should share their sorrows with one another. All Muslims should look out for one another’s rights. Empathy between Muslims should be founded on faith rather than anything else. Muslims should strive to bring peace and comfort to one another.
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