Islamic Date

09 Shawwal

English Date

31 May

Help Your Brother, Wronging or Wronged

Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, "Help your brother, wronging or wronged." A man said, "Messenger of Allah, I can help him if he is wronged but tell me how I can help him if he is wronging?" He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, "You can restrain him - or prevent him - from injustice. That is helping him." [Sahih Bukhari]

The current standards of loyalty and love that prevail are the same as those that prevailed at the time of pre-Islamic Jahiliyyah (Ignorance); i.e., stand by your brother, family, clan, friend, or country, regardless of their injustice. This is justified in the name of patriotism, nationalism, friendship and relations.

But sincerity towards another is that which will help them on the Day of Judgement. Brotherhood in Islam requires that we explain, stop and prevent our loved ones from oppressing others. Do you truly love those around you or are you only concerned that they think you love them?