Ya Nabi Salam Alayka, Ya Rasul Salam Alayka, Ya Habib Salam Alayka, Salawatu Allah alayka,
The Nasheed fading into the night, the crackle and sparks of the lit camp fire joining it. The smoke rising momentarily covering the sight of the amazing star constellations, for a moment captivating the 20 urban boys between 7 and 13 sitting around the fire.
Gönüllerde hasretin var, Yürekler aşkınla çarpar, Sensiz dünya bizlere dar, Selam sana ey kuddusi yar…
Holding their stick-bread into the fire, listening, joining in the singing and getting lost in the flickering of the fire. I love them, Wallahi I love them all for the sake of Allah. Those that know how to be annoying at times. Those defying my orders of sleeping in their beds preferring huddling on the floor with their blankets, hiding under them from the scary caretaker. As well as those that are just plain sugar.
In the last two post that I uploaded here on the DhikrCave I talked about the love of family and keeping and protecting the ties of kinship. The term family in our use today incorporates much more than just those family members tied to us by blood, but also friends. The slang fam and its use is an example of that, incorporating close friends under the wing of the term family.
In Islam we are not just tied by the ties of kinship, of family but also by something stronger. The rope of Allah (swt.), as He says in the Quran:
And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided [3:103]
We love all those that try to do as He (swt.) commands, they are to us like blood brothers and sisters. As the Prophet (saw.) said:
“A believer is the mirror of his brother. A believer is the brother of another believer. He protects him against loss and defends him behind his back.”
[Al-Adab Al-Mufrad | Hasan]
In this world where everyone is so concerned about themselves, we’ve lost the feeling of the Ummah. Instead we care about ourselves, marry within our little communities, and stand up only for those issues that concern us personally. The Messenger of Alllah (saw.) said:
The believers are like one person; if his head aches, the whole body aches with fever and sleeplessness.
Do we lose sleep over our brothers and sisters in Syria, in Palestine, in Somalia, in the Central African Republic? If we don’t then there is something wrong with us.
It was narrated by Anas (ra.), that the Prophet (saw.) said:
“None of you believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” [At-Tirmidhi | Sahih]
Do we make dua’ for our brothers and sisters all over the world, or do we just talk about change? Pray for change and be part of the change. We cannot abandon our Muslim family like we cannot abandon our blood relations, we have to care for them like we care about our blood brothers and sisters, our blood mothers and fathers. We have to stand as one nation, as believers. Standing together like we do in Salah. Feet to feet, shoulder to shoulder, no matter the nationality or status of the person next to us.