It has almost become tiring to our ears, sadly, but how many times have we been reminded, if not repeated it ourselves; that we are ONE ummah? Countless times, I assure you. But it is a reality, the Ummah has cast itself into puzzle pieces, all belonging to one puzzle, but none willing to fit with the other.
It is true, and I am reminding myself, and you, that we are one ummah.
If we look around at our situation; the rise of islamophobia, the role of the media, the attacks against Muslims not just in Syria, but across the globe, the starvation, the corruption, the fact that many of our youth are leaving Islam; the problems we face are a towering figure blocking out the light. These problems are magnified and over-shadowed because we cannot work together to solve them. We have the solutions in front us, it was given to us by our Creator, and explained to us by our beloved Prophet. But no, we choose to shut ourselves off from the guidance withdrawing to our own little corners. Have we forgotten what our Prophet taught us?
“The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.” [Muslim]
Just how when you have a headache, your entire body suddenly feels heavy, when one member of this ummah is in pain; then so too are we. We are together, the bond that binds us is thicker than blood. Their problem on the other side of the world, is ours too; it’s our responsibility, to help out, sympathise and empathise.
Division is from the tricks of the Shaytaan to weaken us. Have you ever heard of the tactic; divide and conquer? It is a method by which the attacker divides his enemy into portions, because a smaller group is easier to overcome than a larger group. Then one by one, he overpowers the smaller group until he overcomes the entirety. So, the Shaytaan uses the same trick;
It was narrated that Jaabir said, ‘I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: “The Shaytaan has despaired of being worshipped in the Arabian Peninsula, but he will sow seeds of discord among them.’” Narrated by Muslim (2812).
So the work of Shaytaan has afflicted us, and we have succumbed to his tricks. We divide ourselves with borders; drawing lines between us; we have divided ourselves based on race, based on social classes and other things, all of which are trivial. Do we not realise that we are all the children of Adam, all created from the same soil. None of us is better than the other, we are one ummah. If follow the command of Allah; “And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided.” (03:103) Then we shall be able to rise above the problems we face. We will be able to succeed, and move forward.
It was narrated from Mu’aadh ibn Jabal that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The shaytaan is the wolf of man like the wolf of sheep takes the stray sheep and the one that wanders far. Beware of division, and adhere to the jamaa’ah.”
Narrated by Ahmad (22029); classed as hasan by the editors of al-Musnad.
We complain of this and that, pick faults with that one, and become nit-picky with another. When will this negativity end? We should have good thoughts of each other. Yes, we correct one another, and enjoin the good and forbid the evil, we give good advice, and we take advice but that should not break us apart as an Ummah. Despite your brother/sisters wrongdoing; one should stretch out a hand to them, help them out the situation they are in. We all have mistakes, but sometimes we have to overlook them, and get on. We have to work together to help or we will end up destroying each other, and all of us will fall into a deeper hole.
Help your brother or sister, wherever they are, however you can, and Allah will help you. If you cannot physically assist them, nor financially, then the least you can do, is make duaa that Allah rectifies their condition and gives them patience and a great reward, and the duaa is never an insignificant thing; rather it is our strongest weapon; it guarantees the aid of Allah, and who is more powerful than Allah above?!
I leave you with this final hadith,
It was narrated from Abu Musa that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The believers are like a structure, parts of which support other parts.”