Brotherhood or it is more familiar with “Ukhuwah Islamiyah” in Islam. Ukhuwah Islammiyah is a favor and a gift from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala that He dedicates for His servants who believe in Him. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala said,
فَأَصْبَحْتُمْ بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَانًا
“… and you become, by His favor, brothers…” (Q.S. Ali Imran : 103)
لَوْ أَنفَقْتَ مَا فِي الأَرْضِ جَمِيعًا مَا أَلَّفْتَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِهِمْ وَلَكِنَّ اللهَ أَلَّفَ بَيْنَهُمْ
“…If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have brought their hearts together; but Allah brought them together…” (Q.S. Al-Anfal : 63)
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Every Moslem expects the realization of Ukhuwah Islamiyah in this world. Because brotherhood in Islam has many specialness, importance and rewards. It can unite the heart and word of people. It can also close ranks, so Islam cannot be destroyed by disbelievers.
- People who love each other because Allah SWT, they must get the love of Allah SWT
From Muadz bin Jabal r.a., he said, I heard Rasulullah SAW said that was narrated by his Rabb ‘Azza wa Jalla :
“My love for those who love each other because Me; My love must for those who encourage one another because Me; My love must for those who brotherhood because Me. And people who love each other because Me are upon light mimbars under the shade of Arsy in the day where there is no shade except My shade.” (Narrated by Ahmad, number 21052)
- They taste the sweet of faith, while others are not.
Rasulullah saw said,
ثَلَاثٌ مَنْ كُنَّ فِيهِ وَجَدَ بِهِنَّ حَلَاوَةَ الإِيمَانِ ، مَنْ كَانَ اللهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَحَبَّ إِلَيْهِ مِمَّا سِوَاهُمَا ، وَأَنْ يُحِبَّ الْمَرْءَ لَا يُحِبُّهُ إِلَّا لِلهِ ، وَأَنْ يَكْرَهَ أَنْ يَعُودَ فِي الْكُفْرِ بَعْدَ أَنْ أَنْقَذَهُ اللهُ مِنْهُ ، كَمَا يَكْرَهُ أَنْ يُقْذَفَ فِي النَّارِ .
“There are three groups who can taste the sweet of faith: people who love Allah and His Messenger more than their love to their selves, love someone because Allah, and he hates to back to paganism as he hates if he is thrown into the fire of Hell.” (Narrated by Bukhari)
- In the Hereafter, they have a glory position.
Umar bin Khattab r.a., said, the Prophet Muhammad saw said :
إِنَّ مِنْ عِبَادِ اللهِ لأُنَاسًا مَا هُمْ بِأَنْبِيَاءَ وَلاَ شُهَدَاءَ يَغْبِطُهُمْ الأَنْبِيَاءُ وَالشُّهَدَاءُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ بِمَكَانِهِمْ مِنْ اللهِ تَعَالَى . قَالُوا: يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ تُخْبِرُنَا مَنْ هُمْ ؟ قَالَ: هُمْ قَوْمٌ تَحَابُّوا بِرُوحِ اللهِ عَلَى غَيْرِ أَرْحَامٍ بَيْنَهُمْ وَلاَ أَمْوَالٍ يَتَعَاطَوْنَهَا ، فَوَاللهِ إِنَّ وُجُوهَهُمْ لَنُورٌ وَإِنَّهُمْ عَلَى نُورٍ لاَ يَخَافُونَ إِذَا خَافَ النَّاسُ وَلاَ يَحْزَنُونَ إِذَا حَزِنَ النَّاسُ وَقَرَأَ هَذِهِ الآيَةَ (أَلاَ إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاءَ اللهِ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ).
“Indeed there are a group from My servants, they are not the Prophets and Syuhada. The Prophets and syuhada feel jealous with them because their position in Allah’s side in the Hereafter. The companions asked :
Who are they, O Rasulullah? He answered : They are a people who love each other because Allah, indeed there is no relationship (siblings) between them, and there is no material possession (inheritance).
Then by Allah indeed their faces like shine, and indeed they are above the shine, they are not afraid when human are afraid, and they are not also sad when human are sad.
Then he read this verse : “Unquestionably, [for] the allies of Allah there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.”[Q.S. Yunus : 62) [Narrated by Abu Dawud number 3060]
- They are under the shade of Allah’s love, Arasy Al-Rahman.
Allah Ta’ala said,
أَيْنَ الْمُتَحَابُّونَ بِجَلالِي الْيَوْمَ أُظِلُّهُمْ فِي ظِلِّي يَوْمَ لا ظِلَّ إِلا ظِلِّي .
“Where people who love each other because Me, then today I will shade them by shade that there is no shade except My shade.” (Narrated by Muslim) [AdSense-B]
- They are guaranteed as heaven experts in the Hereafter.
Rasulullah saw said,
مَنْ عَادَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ زَارَ أَخًا لَهُ فِي اللهِ نَادَاهُ مُنَادٍ : أَنْ طِبْتَ وَطَابَ مَمْشَاكَ ، وَتَبَوَّأْتَ مِنْ الْجَنَّةِ مَنْزِلًا .
“Whoever visit a sick person or visit his brother because Allah, then the angel said, ‘Be happy, be happy with your journey and you have got one place in the Heaven.” (Narrated by At-Tirmizi)
- All of their sins will be forgiven
Rasulullah saw said,
“If two Moslems meet and then they shake hands, then their sins will be lose from their hands, like fall down from tree.”(This hadith is takhrij by Al-Iman Al-Iraqi, its sanad dha’if)
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- Close to Allah SWT
Rasulullah saw has asked about the highest position, he said,
“… You should love and hate because Allah…” Then Rasul was asked again, “Beside that, what else O Rasulullah?” Rasulllah answered, “You should love others as you love yourself, and you should hate others as you hate your selves.” (Narrated by Al-Munziri)
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- Get Allah’s blessings
We should make relationship to find Allah’s blessings. So that, we can strengthen the relationship of Moslem, Islam can stand up and we do not easy to be destroyed by other religions. Rasulullah saw said, “Indeed, good deed is depend on its intention…” (Narrated by Imam Bukhari)
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- Help each other
By brotherhood, we will help each other both we are in happy or sad and ease or difficultness. Rasulullah saw said,
“Moslem is a brother for other Moslem, he is not evil and abusive him..” (Narrated by Muslim)
- The general right in brotherhood
Rasulullah saw said,
“There are six rights of Moslem for other Moslems, they are if he meets, he gives salaam, if he sneezes, he prays him, if he is sick, he visit him, if he dies, he follows his corpse, if he swears, he will do it.” (Narrated by Muslim)
- One of believer’s characteristic
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala said,
وَأَصْلِحُوا ذَاتَ بَيْنَكُمْ وَأَطِيعُوا اللهَ وَرَسُولَهُ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ
“And amend that which is between you and obey Allah and His Messenger, if you should be believers.” (Q.S. Al-Anfal : 1)
- Brotherhood in Islam never break up
Brotherhood that based on aqidah and faith in Islam can unite Moslem from around the world. This is a secret of Islam’s strengthen. So, although there is a storm, it cannot break up Islam.
- A foundation of Islam
An-Nu’man bin Basyir r.a. narrated that Rasulullah saw said,
“In parable people put faith in their love is like a body. Is one of body’s part is sick, then others will give their loyalty by trouble sleeping and cold.” (Narrated by Bukhari, 6001 and Muslim, 2587)
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