How to Nurture Love and Unity
The single greatest feat of our Nabî Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam was his ability to create a brotherhood of believers unparalleled in the history of mankind. This, he Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam did against the backdrop of continuous civil strife, fuelled by generations of tribalism and nationalism.
How did Nabî Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam create unity of hearts? How do we develop and maintain healthy social ties with our families, friends, neighbours and within the larger Muslim community?
Make Salâm a common practice
'You will not enter Jannah until you believe – And you cannot claim to believe until you love each other – Should I not direct you to something which if you do, shall promote love among you? Make Salâm a common practise among you.” (Muslim)
Salâm is a du’â for peace, a du’â for the protection of a person's dignity and an undertaking that the person you greet will be safe from the evil of your tongue and hands.
“Nabî Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam has said: “Shake hands, it will remove jealousy from your hearts, and exchange gifts it will remove animosity.” (Mâlik)
This hadîth speaks about shaking hands as a means of removing jealousy and exchanging gifts as a means of removing hatred.
Another hadîth says: “Exchange gifts, for it generates love among you.” A gift is a means of expressing love, appreciation and a special way of saying “I love and appreciate you.”
Prefer others above yourself
“They prefer others above themselves though poverty becomes their lot” (59:9)
A Sahâbi came to the Prophet Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam and complained of hunger and distress. The Prophet Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam did not have any food to give him. He then asked his companions if anyone will take this poor person as his guest on his behalf. One Ansâri said, “I Will.” He took him home and told his wife to entertain the guest on behalf of Nabî Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam. The wife replied that they do not have enough food for the children. The Ansâri said, “Put the children to sleep and when we start eating, turn the lamp off so the guest may not be aware of my not sharing with him.”
The scheme worked; the whole family remained hungry to enable the guest to eat to his fill, it was because of this incident that Allâh revealed the verse: “They prefer others above themselves, even though poverty becomes their lot.”
Nabî Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam has said: “He who fulfils any need of my followers with the sole intention of making him happy has indeed made me happy. He who makes me happy has made Allâh happy – And he who makes Allâh happy – Allâh will admit him into Jannah.” (Bayhaqî)
Hold a positive and good view about people
“To have a good opinion of a person is from the beauty of ‘ibâdah.” (Abû Dâwûd)
People's way of thinking shapes their behaviour. He who is able to see the positive will think positively, good opinion denotes good intention; positive thinking leads to positive behaviour.
Foster family ties
“Learn your lineage through which you could foster ties – For undoubtedly fostering ties creates love in the family, it increases wealth and gives you a longer lifespan.” (Tirmidhî)
This hadîth directs us to learn our lineage through which we are able to know who and how people are related to us. It also exhorts us to foster ties with the family members. Healthy family ties serve as the bedrock for healthy and stable societies.
Speak less and listen more when meeting a stranger
“When you befriend another person – ask him his name and the name of his father and who he is. It is greater in fostering love.” (Tirmidhî)
When meeting a stranger avoid the temptation of talking about yourself. Rather regard yourself as the host and the stranger as the guest. Call the stranger by his name – the sweetest sound to a person is his name.”
Display an interest in learning about the person you befriend and do not sing your own song. People do not only listen to what you say, they also feel what you say. Make them feel wanted, appreciated and honoured.
May Allâh beautify our personality and character. Âmîn.
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Reorganizing of ACJU Branches were conducted by the ACJU Branches Coordination Division at the following areas:-
-14th & 15th October
Nuwara Eliya City
A 5 day Training Program for Ulama on the subject of 'Coexistence', was conducted by the ACJU Council for Coordination & Cooperation (CCC) from 15th to 19th of October at the ACJU Head office.
Masjid based Social Services Teams, consisting of Ulama, Masjid Trustees and volunteers, were formed and trained by the ACJU Social Services Division at the Jaffna Grand Jumu'ah Masjid on the 16th of October.
A Census survey was also conducted in Jaffna on the 17th of October which was collectively organized by the Jaffna Masjid based Social Services Team, ACJU Jaffna Branch and the ACJU Social Services Division.
Spiritual motivation sessions organized by the ACJU Education Division were held at:-
- Darus Salam Maha Vidyalaya Colombo, on "Respecting the parents & Teachers and Harms of drugs", on the 17th of October.
- Fathima Muslim Ladies College, Colombo on "Good Qualities a woman should posses" on the 20th October.
Academic motivation programs for the O/L Students were also organized by the ACJU Education Division:-
- for the students of Fathima Muslim Ladies College and Dr. Bathiudeen Mahmud Maha Vidyalaya on 19th October
- for students of Khairiyya Muslim Girls' School and Al Hijra Muslim Vidyalaya on 20th October.
The ACJU Ulama Affairs Division conducted programs on 'Introduction of ACJU' & Membership Campaigns at the Madarasas at the Matara District:-
- 19th of October
Nooraniyya Arabic College, Matara
Minnathul Fassiyyah Arabic College, Matara
Khilriyyah Arabic College, Weligama
- 20th of October
Baari Arabic College, Weligama
Mursiyyah Arabic College, Weligama
Azeeziyyah Arabic College, Weligama
ACJU Youth Division organized a motivation program for the University students of the Ruhuna University, which was conducted by Ash Sheikh Arqam Nooramith, on the 19th of October.
Importance of Good Companionship
Narrated Abu Musa (RadhiyAllahu Anhu):
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, 'The example of a good pious companion and an evil one is that of a person carrying musk and another blowing a pair of bellows. The one who is carrying musk will either give you some perfume as a present, or you will buy some from him, or you will get a good smell from him, but the one who is blowing a pair of bellows will either burn your clothes or you will get a bad smell from him."