Assalamu alaykum

Today has been a day of contemplation clouded in disappointment and frustration with the ummah. Why? Well let me beginning by the disunity we have amongst the ranks of the ‘believers’ May Allah guide us all to the straight path. The average Muslim Joe (or I shall call him Mo?) is riddled by confusion and despair. Take for instance a new Muslim they begin their journey by the grace and mercy of Allah, by having their veil from their hearts lifted as soon as their shahaada is heard everywhere he turns he will find people calling him to the Ahlusuannah wa jaamaa’, hang on people what happened to baby steps! This poor person thought they were entering one big family, of the Ummah of Rasululah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam he is pulled from one group to another each warning him of the other, saying to not mix with the others because they are deviant.

52:21 And as for those who have attained to faith and whose offspring will have followed them in faith, We shall unite them with their offspring; and We shall not let aught of their deeds go to waste: [but] every human being will be held in pledge for whatever he has earned.

So many times I hear people saying judge Islam by Islam not the Muslim, I too have used this line, but never have I felt the true realities of it until now. My heart is just not at rest, I feel so much of Islam is calling to me and my heart is literally melting by the words of Allah, but when I see it in practice of some Muslims it just looks so ugly. Allahu Alim. I probably fall into this too; we act in the best ways of Islam, striving to be amongst those who have attained the station of having the right to call ourselves from amongst the Ummah of rasollulah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam. Why is it that so many of us fall short of this?

My friend lost her mother last week, her janaza was on Friday now she is left an orphan. It really brings it back to you, what can I say to her, words are but empty gestures of the tongue, I realised that actions are the most meaningful act that anyone can do. Words are empty it is action that carries substance and meaning.

What about the ummah then? We have become a nation that allows injustice and corruption to engulf us, like a plague it spreads but like an ant we do nothing to help, we are just small speck in world that dictates us and we just follow suit.

I was sitting in Regents Park Masjid for Asr and Majrib today, and just allowed myself to be swept up by the beauty and serenity of a house of Allah. Without warning my heart just yearned to be with Rasullulah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, how much have we disunited, how much have I swayed from the path of righteousness, the path of sincerity, the path of Allah?

Sisterhood and brotherhood is extremely important an essential part of Islam, yet it is often under valued. It is a vital element to strengthen our community, at a time when we are under fire, the last thing we need is to cause disunity amongst the ranks of the Muslim. This aspect of brotherhood allows us to have a sense of belonging, without this feeling of sharing sincere love and knowing that there are people out there that care for you, without such things can be extremely detrimental to a person’s psyche. Islam has not only ensured our physical and spiritual well being, but it has also provided us with a mental state of comfort and serenity which we can rely upon our Ummah in times of need. There are numerous examples in which Allah calls for the unity and the brotherhood to be spread amongst humanity.

Mankind! We created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes so that you might come to know each other. The noblest amongst you in Allah’s sight is the one with the most taqwa. Allah is All Knowing, All Aware. (Surah al Hujurat 49:13)

Islam unifies individual’s binds people who have faith through spiritual unification of having that sense of community. But look t us, we don’t even say salam to one another and when we do we just get knowcked back but dirty looks and empty faces. If we wan unity to spread amogst ourselves, spread our salaam!

The Muslim woman is on a life long mission to be actively, effective and social being with other women as much as possible and treating everyone in the best of manners, with the etiquettes of Islam, which distinguishes us all from other worldly women. The best of us are those who have been guided by the best of those who can guide, with the best of Books, with the best Hand, Hand of Allah.

Those with best attitudes towards others will surly find the same in return.

Anas radiyallahu ‘anhu saw more then anyone the qualities of the Prophet of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam

“I served the Messenger of Allah for ten years, and he never said to me ‘Uff!’ (The smallest word of contempt). If I did anything, he never said, ‘Why did you do that?’ and if I did not do something, he never said, ‘Why did you do such and such?’” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Days of confusion may seem like it will never end. The only true revival will come with the Quran; we have let The Quran disappear from our hearts and thus have left our outer actions and inner self. We can never live in the time of the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam but we do have one strange connection and one thing that can unite us all. That is with the yearning for Allah, the purpose of our existence with the worship of Allah, and with our connection with Allah, the Quran.

3:103 And hold fast, all together, unto the bond with God, and do not draw apart from one another. And remember the blessings, which God has bestowed upon you: how, when you were enemies, He brought your hearts together, so that through His blessing you became brethren; and [how, when] you were on the brink of a fiery abyss.

We will never be amongst those who succeed until we become true believers and we will never become true believers until we have sisterhood and brotherhood in this ummah.

Abu Hamzah Anas bin Malik, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who was the servant of the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, reported that the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said:
“None of you truly believes (in Allah and in His religion) until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

The ummah is made up on individuals, we are all part and parcel of another, in order for us to stand up strong together, united, and we must start with ourselves,
“The best of the servants of Allah are those who, when they are seen, Allah is remembered (i.e. they arte very pious). The worst of the servants of Allah are this who spread malicious gossip, cause division between friends, and seek to cause trouble for innocent people.” (Saaheeh Ahamd)

In Sahih Muslim from Abdullah ibn Amr Al-Ass, the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said:
“…Whoever wishes to be delivered from the fire and enter the garden should die with faith in Allah and the Last Day and should treat the people as he wishes to be treated by them…”[Sahih Muslim; Book 020, Number 4546]

We have forgotten ourselves; the needs of others while pursuing goals for the dunya neglecting this vital part that makes our ummah go round, brotherhood. Prepare for the dunya as much as you need to, but do so in the way it deserves, how long do we prepare for the dunya, and how much do we do for the akhirah, prepare in accordance to the length of the stay in each.

Fudhayl ibn Iyad mentioned that we should not only wish others to be like us but also to wish them to be better than us. However, he said that this is not obligatory (wajib).

Ibn Rajab said that we should wish other Muslims to be better than us in worshipping (ibadah) and manners (akhlaq), but at the same time we should wish for ourselves to be better than what we are now. It is not good enough to just wish for something good for other Muslims but at the same time we are deficient and not striving to be better Muslims ourselves. It is from the goodness that we have attained that we also love for other Muslims to have. It is not fair to them that we wish for them to attain the same deficiency that we have in ourselves. Therefore, it is a matter of continuous competition among us to attain the goodness.

Allahu Alim.

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