Abu Darda (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah* said, “The supplication of a Muslim for his (Muslim) brother in his absence will certainly be answered. Every time he makes a supplication for good for hid brother, the angel for this particular task says: ‘Ameen! May it be for you, too.'” (Sahih Muslim).
Speaker: Nouman Ali Khan
The relationship between the Prophet* and the Sahabah is a very different and special kind of relationship…
When the Prophet* brought his message of one God, the Arabs opposed his message. Having only one God was acceptable (since they pretty much focused on only praying to one idol), but actually having to obey this God? That was a preposterous idea! It is very hard to break traditions and habits. Even today, there are traditions some Muslims follow that are unIslamic. To embrace Islam and the oneness of God, you whole world changes. Islam is not simply a religion, it is a way of life.
When one embraces Islam with enthusiasm, Shaytan hits that person harder. He wants to cause fitna between the groups you join for good reasons. He wants to break your spirit and bring you back to disobedience.
Amongst the believers, there are also hypocrites. Even in the time of the Prophet*, when the people were so effected by the message that they were purer, there were hypocrites. The best way to deal with people like this is not to call them out. They are analogous to the rotten kids in a classroom that sit in the back. The teacher will come and separate the “bad” kids and seat them next to the “good” ones. We should also spread out so the “troublemakers” won’t be alone and so that maybe Allah will soften their hearts when they are surrounded with people aware of Him.
Also, if you’re going to get involved in things, don’t be half-hearted. Be serious! It is a sign of the hypocrites that they wouldn’t commit themselves fully.
If the president of the MSA comes to you and is disappointed and may come off as harsh remember that the harshness of a leader comes out of frustration. But it works two ways, the leader must also be loving and forgiving. Anyhow, if you are hurt by the president or ANY OTHER PERSON, the Prophet* commanded that you:
1. First, forgive them in your heart.
2. Second, make duaa for them in front of and to Allah.
3. Then consult them in matters of decision so that they’ll know that there is no more tension.
The Prophet* would receive ayat from Allah, when a companion felt that the Prophet* might be harboring an ill feeling towards him. Once, the Prophet* frowned, and ayat came down telling the Prophet* to be better (even though he was never harsh). Today, we go much much farther than a frown in our relationships. That’s why we should be good in all of our relationships.
The Companions of the Prophet* are his vehicle with which he spread Islam. If you think about it, we are all Muslim today because of the Sahabah (and ultimately, Allah’s will).
We should also immerse ourselves in the study of our deen. The people who dedicate their lives in deen are the ones who enlighten people and make change. Our relationships amongst each other must and should be strong or else we fail as an Ummah.