Like One Body
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم said:
The believers, in their love, mutual kindness, and close ties, are like one body; when any part complains, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever (Muslim)
When Muslims refer to other believers as brothers and sisters it is not merely out of a sense of respect. The terms are also an indication of the strength of the bond between believers, individuals who have in common that they have all submitted to the will of their Lord and Creator Allah. The consequences of such submission are that their aims and aspirations, what they love and what they hate, their hopes and their fears all mirror one another, regardless of age, ethnicity, nationality or gender.
All this makes the bond a very powerful and unique one, in some ways encompassing the best elements of ties of blood and friendship without their respective aggravations. It is a bond that is hard to explain to someone who has not tasted the sweetness of it, as experiencing it is to know it.
The hadith which I started this post with reflects the painful element of this beautiful bond. Part of loving someone is being concerned for their welfare, wanting to see them happy and never wanting to see them suffering from distress or hardship. The analogy which the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم gave of the believers constituting one body sharing each others’ pain is very fitting in this regard.
Sometimes, living in this cruel world of ours is heartbreaking. May Allah replace tyranny, injustice and oppression, wherever they are found, with peace, justice and security. Ameen.
Oh Allah! Forgive those of us who are alive and those of us who are dead; those of us who are present and those of us who are absent; those of us who are young and those of us who are adults; our males and our females. O`Allah! Whomsoever You keep alive, let him live as a follower of Islam and whomsoever You cause to die, let him die as a Believer.