12 Importance of Community in Islam
In Islam, community is called as Ummat (Islamic society). It is broad on meaning without being limited by tribe, race, class, position and rank except religion. The difference between them is not located in their humanity, but it is located on their faith to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.
Allah Azza Wa Jalla said,
“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (Q.S. Al-Hujurat : 13)
Everyone must need help from others. So that, every Moslem must build a community to support their lives. But this community is not only between Moslems, but another religion, too.
So, it can create a peace life in the world. In this chance, the writer will invite you to discuss about the importance of community in Islam. Please check it out.
- A community must obey Allah Ta’ala
A good community based on Qur’an and As-Sunah is always obedient to the command of Allah Ta’ala and stay away from His prohibitions. So that, our community will be always in His protection and we are always in the right way.
- A community help others to fix their akhlaq
There are three tasks that Moslems should do to have a good community. The first is Taujih. They should guide human to apply Islamic morals by using some da’wah media such as newspaper, flyer, etc.
The second is Tatsbit. They should strengthen Islamic morals by doing tarbiyah for a long time in the household, school and campus. The third is Himayah. They should do the maintenance of Islamic morals implementations.
- It has five behaviors
If we want to build a good community based on Islamic, we should have five behaviors. As the word of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala below :
“The believing men and believing women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayer and give zakat and obey Allah and His Messenger. Those – Allah will have mercy upon them. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.” (Q.S. At-Tawbah : 71)
- It can be a charitable field
In Islam, Life is a worship. A community in not only fulfilled by Earthly Delights, but it should be fulfilled with activities that be intended to Allah Ta’ala.
So, It does not make our lives in vain. a community can be a charitable field and workplace for us in the world.
See also : Benefits of charity in Islam
- Help each other
In Islam community, every members should help each others. They do not abuse them. If you help them when they are in difficultness, Allah Ta’ala will fulfill your need, too. As the hadith below,
“ A Moslem is a brother for other Moslems, do not abuse him, let him (do not give help to him). Whoever fulfill the intent of his brother, then Allah will fulfill his need.” (Narrated by Thabrani from Kaab bin Ajrah)
See also : Importance of helping others in Islam
- Islam community invite to the goodness
One sign of Islam community is they help each others, fulfill the needs of fellow Moslems, invite to do the goodness and avoid them to do bad deeds (amal ma’ruf nahi munkar). So that, the community is not only a group to gather, but it can be a media to spread Shari’a.
- Always do good to other religion
The kindness of Moslems community will be felt by unbelievers, especially if they become one of our neighbors. Although our aqidah is different with them, we must still respect them. In a broad scope, sometimes they are protected by Moslems as long as they are good to ahlul Islam, too.
- Forbid all forms of damage and bad morality
In Islam community, Moslems are forbidden to do all form of damage and bad morality, such as drink khamr, gambling, adultery, riba, eat the treasures of others, cut off hospitality, hurt someone and others. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala hates those who do damage and bad morality. So, if some of them do that, they surely enter to the Hell.
See also : Importance of morality in Islam
- Establish prayers
As a command of Allah Ta’ala, prayer is the main worship in Islam. Even, in many hadith of Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi Wa sallam explained that prayer that make different between Moslems and unbelievers, and the first deed that will be hisab (counted) by Allah Ta’ala in the Hereafter.
So that, prayer is the main deed that affect greatly with individual personality and it can make a good community.
- Make zakat, infaq and sadaqah as the strengthen of Islam community
Zakat, infaq and sadaqah can be one attempt to take care the honor of family and Islam community from poorness. Islam always try to free human from lust and the love of treasures.
When it has become a character of someone, then he will always help people around him from the shortage. Thus, Insha Allah, there is no Moslems in community that feel the shortage again.
See also : How to give sadaqah in Islam
- Commitment to the promise
Keeping a promise is one attempt to create trust and peace in a community. A promise is very easy to be said, but it is heavy to be done. For example, parents who promise to their children, a leader who promise to his people and many more.
Indeed, Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam has given many examples for us. He forbids us to break a promise, including a promise with unbelievers. Every human will be rated by their behaviors.
If they have broke a promise once time, they will not be believed in community. But if he always keeps the promise, people will believe in him. He will get a high position in community and get happiness in the world and the Hereafter.
See also : Law of breaking promises
In Islam community, the members should be patience to face many situations and conditions. Islam community should instill self confident (Character Building).
It is a character that has a good self concept. It must be able to control lust and learn about tauhid as character building that was taught by Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.
Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam built Islam community after he can teach the generation of Muhajirin and Anshar in Medina. Even, he always motivated his companions to always stood from all ashes and the trials of life.
See also : How to be patience in Islam
Thus the article about importance of community in Islam. Hopefully , we can build a community as the teaching of Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. So, we can be His good servants together. Amen.