Why is it that when the Muslims of the 21st century hear that there has been an earthquake in Indonesia, Pakistan or a Tsunami along the borders of Asia but do not feel pained? When they hear of such atrocities or sufferings happening to their beloved Muslim brothers and sisters across the world there is no shared grief or significant compassion? Why is it that today when we hear that our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world are being tortured mercilessly, their land and possessions destroyed/occupied; their children are being killed/enslaved in poverty and human rights are being annihilated, that we feel no pain?
While we are living and enjoying the comforts and luxuries of the 21st century, our brothers and sisters are being oppressed all around us. It has become such that we have become immune to hearing such afflictions. It has become such that we find it hard to shed even one tear.
My dear readers, whoever you are and wherever you are, have we forgotten the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)?
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) giving an example of Muslim unity is reported to have said in a Hadith:
"The Believers, in their mutual love, mercy and compassion, are like one body: if one organ complained, the rest of the body develops a fever." [Bukhari & Muslim]
“The Muslim Ummah is like one body." If the eye is in pain then the whole body is in pain and if the head is in pain then the whole body is in pain, if one member becomes sick then the other members of this one body will take care of the sick one:”
So we the Muslim Ummah, whatever colour, nationality or gender, wherever we are, are like this body. If we hear that any part of this Ummah is being oppressed, then we should feel this pain.
"O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)."[Quran 49:13]
My dear readers, our oppressed brothers and sisters are crying out for help. They find that the Muslims of the 21st century are asleep and there is no one to help them. The reason why we the Muslims are collapsing is because we do not have any love amongst us. We harbour hatred for one another and our worldly matters and materialistic pursuits have taken over our lives.
Have we forgotten the beloved companions radiyallaho anhum of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)? Have we even realised that they were of different colours and backgrounds. Hazrat Bilal was from Ethiopia , Hazrat Salman was of Persian descent, Hazrat Suhaib was from Rome and Hazrat Abu Zar was from Gifar.
They used to love each other more than real brothers. These were the Sahabas.
"And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah's Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren, and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat clear to you, that you may be guided." [Quran 3:103]
This is the love that the Sahaba had amongst them. Can we find any two people in the world like this today? And this is the love that Islam is asking from all the Muslims around the world today.
Has the time not come for all of us Muslims to unite again? The unity, which our Prophet has taught us, the unity that the Sahabas had, the Unity of Islam.