Mutual Assistance Toward a Single Aim
By Imam Hatim Hamidullah
In our quest to align ourselves with Allah’s Will in our lives, it is incumbent upon us that we know what is Allah’s Will for us specifically. The Will of Allah for everyone is that we are aware of ourselves, really aware of ourselves as true, dedicated and conscious servants of Allah each and every moment of our lives.
Being Muslim, a Believer, a maintainer of constant love and humility, should not be viewed as a fad or something that just happens to be or becoming popular. Being a Believer is a consistent lifestyle, a way of living this thing we call life.
If we are claiming to be believing Muslims, then we should continue to see gradual changes for the better in our lives everyday. Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) always showed the best example and gave the best advice.
There is a saying in the West: “If you know better, you should do better.” Another is: “You do what you are.”
We don’t expect everyone to be a great mu’alim or great mu’alimah. But we do expect that if we are truly true believers, there will always be in our lives in this world opportunities for life changing events that promote correct knowledge, which in turn will impact our thinking so much so, that we begin to change the various ways in which we conduct our affairs – personally, family, business, etc.
People change their lifestyles because they want to change it, not because someone gives a powerful speech. People change because their innermost self tells them: “I’ve had enough of this messy life or of this life as I see it not conforming to Allah’s Will for me. Therefore, I know it’s time for a change. Allah says: Allah will not change the condition of a people, until they change what is bothering their very soul.”
“Theirs is like the custom of the people of Pharaoh and of those before them. Allah, indeed seized them for their sins, disbelief in the Signs of Allah…”
Powerful and severe in punishment…. That is because Allah would not change a Favor which He had bestowed upon a people, until they change what is within themselves. And indeed, Allah is Hearing and Knowing… (Qur’an 8:52-53)
Hence, we cannot simply change our minds; we must change our very souls. Our souls must make a foundational shift, so that our emotions and intellect can be aligned with the Will of Allah in our lives.
We should chart the course of our lives, so that it leads us continuously into and with the good Pleasure of Allah and His Reward.
The Prophet (PBUH) said: Seize the (opportunity to use) five (things) before five (other things) catch up with you:
1) Your youth, before you grow old;
2) Your health, before you fall sick;
3) Your leisure, before you are occupied;
4) Your wealth, before you grow poor; and
5) Your life, before you die.
And he said: “The feet of the servant will not move on the Day of Rising, until he is asked about these things: 1) His life and how he spent it; 2) His youth and how he utilized it; 3) his wealth and how he obtained it and how he spent it….”
The Believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah, that you may receive Mercy. (Qur’an 49:10)
The first duty is fundamental and may be viewed as a material one. Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said, “Two brothers are likened to a pair of hands” – rather than hand and foot, because the pair are of mutual assistance toward a single aim.
I ask you all brothers and sisters, how many single aims do you have wherein you can give mutual assistance to them? What are your plans? How many projects do you have for this year 2012 (lunar calendar) /1433 (Hijrah calendar) and years to come?
So it is with two brothers, their brotherhood is only sound when they are comrades in a single enterprise. In a sense, the two are like one person. This includes a common participation. If the outcome is good fortune and bad, it is a partnership in the future as in the present moment, an abandonment of possessiveness and selfishness.
This is the picture of true brotherhood.