The beauty and bond of the worldwide Muslim family
I had a conversation about Islam with an unfamiliar woman for hours. She asked me to show her the mosque on the varsity campus. On the way I took her with me, she started to give Salam to many women like her with a beautiful smile. I asked her curiously, “Do you know so many people here?”
She said, “They are my sisters. We can recognize each other by our hijab, so we exchange Salam. Muslims are all like a big family! ” This word had a lot of effect on me. Muslims greet each other on the street even though they don’t know each other!
The beauty of Salam in the worldwide Muslim family
You may have heard the word ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ instead of ‘Hello’ in Arabia or any Muslim majority country.
If you think a little, you will understand that Salam is much better than stupid ‘Hello’. It is a beautiful dua.
“Peace be upon you.” When you greet a brother or sister, you pray for peace. It is a declaration that you want their satisfaction, happiness, and well-being.
It has been narrated in the hadith: “No one can go to Paradise without being a believer, and no one can be a believer without mutual love. Shall I tell you something that will make you fall in mutual love (for the sake of Allah)? That is to say, ‘Assalamu Alaikum’.” (Muslim). This simple greeting creates unity and love among us.
My city is much smaller. There are no sisters wearing a hijab. So when I find a sister and greet her, it makes my whole day beautiful.
Worldwide Muslim family and mutual rights
Allah says in the Qur’an: “The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.” (49:10)
Whether a beggar or a king, a Muslim has six rights over another Muslim.
1) Greetings when seen.
2) Accepting the invitation.
3) Ordering honest work.
4) Give an answer (Yarhamukallah) if one sneezes.
5) Going to see him when he is sick.
6) If he dies, participate in his funeral prayer.
Each of these guidelines enhances love and unity among each other.
Love a Muslim for the sake of Allah
Standing in a row of sisters, waiting for the prayers to begin, a girl I did not know said to me, “Sister, your scarf is gone, let me fix it.”
A complete stranger fixed my scarf with so much care, thinking that it might cause problems in my prayers, and she addressed me as her sister. I have never seen her again, but I will never forget her.
The hadith says- “Where are those people who loved each other for my satisfaction? Today I will place them in the shadow of My Throne where there is no shadow except this.”(Muslim)
This hadith shows the importance of loving each other. It is so important that Allah will only find those people and cast a shadow under His Throne.
Another hadith narrates an incident – A man was going to see one of his Muslim brothers in another city and Allah sent an angel on his way. The angel met the man and asked him: “Where do you want to go?”
The man said: “I want to meet a brother in this town.”
The angel said: “Does He have any favor on you?”
He said: “No, I have no desire but to meet him. Because for Allah’s sake I love him.”
Then the angel said to him: “I have come from Allah to tell you that Allah loves you as you love your Muslim brother.” (Muslim)
So to get the love of Allah, you have to love each other.
It is narrated in another hadith, “You will see believers as one body in their mutual sympathy, friendship, and kindness. When any part of the body is in pain, all the organs of the body share in its pain through night waking and fever.” (Bukhari)
May Allah unite us and increase the love between us. Ameen.