The Beloved (pbuh) and mending discord

April 20, 2009 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate

All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers

The Prophet (pbuh) was once sitting with his companions (ra) when he asked them:

“Shall I tell you what is better than much prayer and charity?”

They said, “Yes.”

He said, “Mending discord. And beware of hatred – it strips you (of your deen).”

(Malik’s Muwatta)

Whenever we feel that we want to do good deeds, one of the first things we think of is giving charity or praying extra. And these are commendable deeds, as we know that Allah has said in a hadith Qudsi “My slave continues to get closer to Me by performing voluntary deeds until I love him.” (Bukhari)

But perhaps one that is more difficult, and one that we do not think of often, is mending discord between people. It is even better than extra prayers and sadaqa. Allah has said in the Qur’an: “The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah, that ye may receive Mercy.” (Surat Al-Hujurat, 49:10)

Scholars have even said that one of the exceptions to the ‘no lying’ rule is making peace between people, for example, telling one person that the person they have fought with says nice things about them.

Discord between people goes against the concept of brotherhood. It can cause malice in the heart, arouse suspicions, and it can spread to other people. It causes many of the maladies of the heart to ferment and grow. Many relationships break down and onlookers just say “It is none of my business”. But the Prophet (pbuh) made peace between Al-Aws and Al-Khazraj, the two rival tribes in Medina who had a history of warring with each other. SubhanAllah how Islam was able bring down the rivalry that existed for generations. It did not disappear completely, but was reduced so much so that they were able to view each other with the light of Islam.

We should remember that by mending discord between people, we are enjoining good and prohibiting evil, because the Prophet (pbuh) has taught us: “It is not halal for a muslim to shun his brother for more than three nights, that is they meet, and this one turns away and that one turns away. The better of the two is the one who says the greeting first.” (Malik’s Muwatta)

The Prophet (pbuh) is teaching us that even if we cannot get along, we must be civil to each other. He tells us to spread the greeting of peace, shake hands and give presents to each other to engender love and a softness in the heart. To really view each other as brothers so as to enable dialogue.

It is a very grave thing to have enmity towards others. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “The doors of the Garden are opened on Monday and Thursday. Every muslim slave who does not associate anything with Allah is forgiven except for the man who has enmity between him and his brother. It is said, ‘Leave these two until they have made a reconciliation. Leave these two until they have made a reconciliation.'” (Malik’s Muwatta)

Can we imagine that we prevent our sins from being erased for the sole reason of having enmity towards a brother is Islam? And can we further imagine, that if we are the one to mend this discord, the station we have with Allah? If we look at the Muslim Ummah today, there is so much strife and discord, and this is one the reasons for all of this suffering. We must first try, on a micro level, to bring people together within our own families, friends, communities, and slowly hope that this grows inshAllah.

May Allah make us of those who make peace between our brothers, and remove from our hearts the diseases they are inflicted with. Ameen.

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