Sabtu, 02 Januari 2010


"When a man loves his brother for sake of Allah, he should tell him that he loves him." ~ Abu Dawud.

"Give gifts to each other, as this will make you love one another." ~ Sahih Muslim.

"Give one another gifts and love one another. Give one another food. This will produce breadth in your daily bread." ~ Al Hafiz ibn al-Dayba al- Shaybani, (Taysir al-'usul ilaJami al-'usul, vol. 16, p. 239)

The Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “One who is the best of you in good conduct is nearest to me. A believer loves and is loved. There is no good in one who does not love and is not loved.“ ~ Imam Ghazzali (vol. 2 , p. 95)

"Two brother are like two hands one of which clears the dust of the other." ~ Imam Ghazzali (vol.2, p.95)

"Do not be angry with each other and do not envy each other and do not turn away from each other, and be slaves of Allah, brothers." ~ Muwatta (Narrated by Anas ibn Malik)

Allah's Messenger (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, "A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection." (Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar, Vol 3: #622)

The faithful constitute a great spiritual force with the strength their love for one another for Allah’s approval gives them. As revealed in the words of one verse, “But those who were sure that they were going to meet Allah said, ‘How many a small force has triumphed over a much greater one by Allah’s permission! Allah is with the steadfast,” (Surat al-Baqara, 249), even if they are few in number, with the faith in their hearts they acquire great enthusiasm and will with which to overcome terrible difficulties and troubles. They obtain the assistance and support of Allah because of the moral values they display. As Allah has revealed in the verse, “You shall be uppermost if you are believers,” (Surah Al ‘Imran, 139), they constitute such a spiritual force that nobody can turn them against one another, and that nobody can break.

Since they sincerely seek Allah’s approval, they never engage in any confusion, disagreement or dispute among themselves. That is because the word of Allah is one; the verses of the Qur’an are clear. Since all believers abide unconditionally by the Qur’an and always act with a view to gaining as much approval from Allah as possible, a great harmony and order ensues. All matters can be easily resolved within a harmonious order. A powerful solidarity is formed because they behave in the light of the moral values of the Qur’an and the interests of believers, even when they conflict with their own interests, and hold their brothers’ desires above their own.

Since believers intend to be one another’s eternal friends in the Hereafter they are bound to one another with a deep love, respect and loyalty. Therefore, they know no rivalry, disagreement or dispute. Due to their fear of and sincere faith in Allah, no matter what difficulties or troubles they may encounter they never fall into defeatism, moral relativism or lack of will. If there is a flaw in one of them, the others will support him with proper moral values and encourage him towards goodness. Since they constantly command one another to perform what is good and to avoid evil, their faith and strength constantly grow. This spiritual strength possessed by believers, whose objectives, endeavours and prayers are always the same, which stems from faith and love, has been described by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi with the following example: “For just as one of man’s hands cannot compete with the other, neither can one of his eyes criticize the other, nor his tongue object to his ear, nor his heart see his spirit’s faults. Each of his members completes the deficiencies of the others, veils their faults, assists their needs, and helps them out in their duties. Otherwise man’s life would be extinguished, his spirit flee, and his body be dispersed. Similarly, the components of machinery in a factory cannot compete with one another in rivalry, take precedence over each other, or dominate each other. They cannot spy out one another’s faults and criticize each other, destroy the other’s eagerness for work, and cause them to become idle. They rather assist each other’s motions with all their capacity in order to achieve the common goal; they march towards the aim of their creation in true solidarity and unity. Should even the slightest aggression or desire to dominate interfere, it would throw the factory into confusion, causing it to be without product or result. Then the factory’s owner would demolish the factory entirely.” (Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, Risale-i Nur Collection, TheTwenty-First Flash)

This example given by Bediuzzaman is of great importance with regard to being able to comprehend the union and unity stemming from the love among believers. On account of the sincere love and devotion that stem from their faith, in the same way that the machinery in a factory comes together to constitute a great force, so they acquire an unshakable spiritual strength with their mutual love and devotion.

"Your friend is only Allah and His Messenger and those who believe: those who perform prayer and give the alms, and bow." (Surat al Ma’ida, 55)

"Allah loves those who fight in His way in ranks like well-built walls." (Surat as-Saff, 4)

From Yusof Onur for Harun Yahya
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