Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sisterhood - A Beneficial Reminder

As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh! I hope this finds you close to Allah & in the best of health and Iman.

Sisterhood - A Beneficial Reminder
Author Anonymous

My dear and humble sisters in Islam, today I experienced some fitnah amongst my companions that has lead me to do some contemplation on the fact that if we all, and I speak firstly to my self and then to my dear sisters upon guidance and righteousness, think several times before we speak and even several more before we act to make sure that our actions are accordingly being done upon the adab of the Qur'aan and Sunnah, then so much of the fitnah nameemah, and gheebah that goes on amongst the sisters would be prevented. We must Tacki Allah before we perform any action towards our sisters in Islam, and be mindful tat we will be held accountable for our actions, here is a brief reminder upon sisterhood . . .
This is what the bond of Sisterhood in Islam means to me, based upon the wisdom of Allah and his Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihe Wa salaam),
"...And lower your wing for the believers (be courteous to the fellow-believers) ." (Al-Hijr 15:88)
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihe 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)." (Bukhari and Muslim)
He (Sallallahu Alaihe 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 (Subhanna wa Ta'alaa) ...
The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihe 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 (Sallallahu Alaihe 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 (Subhanna wa Ta'alaa) 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 (Sallallahu Alaihe 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 (Sallallahu Alaihe 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 Musilm." (Muslim)
I will keep company with you, Insha-Allah ...
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihe wa Salaam) said,
"Keep company with a believer only, and let your food be eaten only by the righteous." (Abu Dawud and Tirmidi)
He (Sallallahu Alaihe 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 (Sallallahu Alaihe 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 (Subhanna wa Ta'alaa) says,
"The believers, men and women. are Auliya (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin (on people) Al-Ma'ruf (i.e. Islamio Monotheism and all that Islma 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 Zakat 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 (Sallallahu Alaihe 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 (Sallallahu Alaihe 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 (Sallallahu Alaihe 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 (Sallallahu Alaihe 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)
Insha-Allah. I will strive to fufill each of these rightsto you to the best of my ability, Insha-Allah. And likewise In sha Allah you will do the same for all of your sisters in Islam. This will not only enhance our bounds of Sisterhood, but will also strengthen the fibers of the Muslim Ummah. Our ultimate goal is to gain the pleasure of Allah (Subhanna wa Ta'alaa), 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!!!

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