Even though this is a letter from a sister to her Muslim sisters, it can easily apply to the brothers as well.
My Dear Sister in Islam:
Insha-Allah, everything is well with you and those close to you. I am writing this letter to let you know how much I care and to help us both gain an understanding of what Sisterhood in Islam really means, Insha-Allah.
I care about you because we share something that is more special than the whole world and all that it contains; we share the belief in the Oneness of Allah (Subhana wa Ta'ala) and the religion that He (Subhana wa Ta'ala) has given to us. This is a gift that transcends any differences we may have in regard to race, color, nationality, culture or language. Being a is one of the many blessings that comes from acceptance of the true path of Allah (Subhana wa Ta'ala). It is also a responsibility that we each have as members of the Muslim Ummah. To fulfill our obligation, we first need to understand what is required of us. This is what the bond of Sisterhood in Islam means to me, based upon the wisdom of Allah and his
Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam), "...And lower your wing for the believers (be courteous to the fellow Believers)." (Al-Hijr 15:88) The Prophet (salAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam) said, "None of you has Iman
(faith) until he desires for his brother (or sister) Muslim that which he desires for himself (or herself)." ( and Muslim) He (salAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam) also said, "The Muslims in their mutual love, kindness and
compassion are like the human body where when one of its parts is in agony the entire body feels the pain, both in sleeplessness and fever." (Bukhari and Muslim) I love you for the sake of Allah (Subhana wa Ta'ala) .. The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam) said, "On the Day of Judgement, Allah, the Most High, will announce, 'Where are those who love each other for the sake of My pleasure? This day I am going to shelter them in the shade provided by Me. Today there is no shade except my shade." (Muslim) I will be sure to tell you of my love, Insha-Allah ...The Prophet (salAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam) said, "If a person loves his brother, he should inform him of this fact." (Abu Dawud and Tirmidi) I will be merciful
and compassionate toward you, Insha-Allah ...Allah (Subhana wa Ta'ala) says, "Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against the disbelievers, and merciful
among themselves..." (Al-Fath 48:29) The Prophet (salAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam) said, "Do not be envious of other Muslims; do not overbid at auctions against another Muslim; do not have malice against a Muslim;
do not go against a Muslim and forsake him; do not make an offering during a pending transaction. O' servants of Allah, be like brothers (or sisters) with each other. A Muslim is the brother (or sister) of another Muslim; do not hurt him (or her), or look down upon him (or her) or bring shame on
him (or her). Piety is a matter of heart (The Prophet (salAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam) repeated this thrice). It is enough evil for a person to look down upon his Muslim brother (or sister). The blood, property and honor of a Muslim is inviolable to a Muslim." (Muslim) I will keep company with you, Insha-Allah ..The Prophet (salAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam) said, "Keep company with a believer only, and let your food be eaten only by the righteous." (Abu Dawud and Tirmidi) He (salAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam) also said, "A person is likely
to follow the faith of his friend, so look whom you befriend." (Abu Dawud and Tirmidi) I will help you when necessary and I will cover your shortcomings, Insha-Allah ... The Prophet (salAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam) said,"One who helps a fellow Muslim in removing his (or her) difficulty in this world, Allah
will remove the former's distress on the Day of Judgement. He who helps to remove the hardship of another, will have his difficulties removed by Allah in this world and in the Hereafter. One who covers the shortcomings of another Muslim, will have his faults covered up in this world and the next by Allah. Allah continues to help a servant so long as he goes on helping his own brother (or sister)." (Muslim) I will encourage you to the
right, Insha-Allah ... Allah (Subhana wa Ta'ala) says, "The believers, men and women. are Auliya (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin (on people) Al-Ma'ruf ( i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do), and forbids (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islam has forbidden); they offer their prayers perfectly (Iqamat-as-Salat); and give the
and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His mercy upon them. Surely, Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise." (At-Tauba 9:71) When the Prophet (salAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam) instructed, "Help your (Muslim) brother (or sister) when he commits a wrong and when a wrong is committed against him, someone
asked, "O Messenger of Allah, I understand how I can help him if a wrong is committed against him, but how can I help him if he is himself committing a wrong?" At that the Prophet (salAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam) answered, "Stopping him from committing the wrong is helping him." (Bukhari) I will fulfill my
minimum duties and beyond, Insha-Allah ... The Prophet (salAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam) said, "A Muslim owes six obligations towards another Muslim: when you meet him (or her), salute him (or her) saying 'Assalamu Alaikum; when he (or she) invites you, accept his (or her) invitation; when he (or she) solicits your advice, advise him (or her) sincerely; when he (or she) sneezes and praises Allah, respond with the supplication Yarhamuk Allah (Allah have mercy on you); when he (or she) falls sick, visit him (or her); on his (or her) death, join his (or her funeral)." (Muslim) He (salAllahu Alaihi wa Salaam) also said, "When a Muslim visits his (or her) Muslim brother (or sister) who is sick, he (or she) certainly gathers the fruits of Paradise until he (or she) returns (from visiting)." (Muslim) You should understand, dear sister, that these are only some of the promises that I have made to you and to Allah (Subhana wa Ta'ala), Insha-Allah. I will strive to fulfill each of them to the best of my ability, Insha-Allah. Insha-Allah you will do the same for all of your . This will not only enhance our bounds of Sisterhood, but will also strengthen the fibers of the Muslim Ummah as we acquire and utilize the wisdom of Islam, Insha-Allah. Our ultimate goal is to gain the pleasure of Allah
(Subhana wa Ta'ala), as well as His Mercy and Blessings, Insha-Allah. May we both find the true peace that comes with being a Muslim and attaining the highest of rewards: Paradise.Ameen!!!
With true love, Your Sister in Islam