With the coming of the month of Ramadhan, let us altogether undertake Ramadhan and transformation towards strengthening Islam with istiqamah (steadfastness) in becoming better in terms of aqidah, Shari‘ah, and akhlaq (mannerisms). Therefore, a mu’min (believer) that is successful and outstanding will always resort to transformation within the self, in attaining a life that is better and successful as Allah mentions in verse 20 of Surah at-Tawbah which means:
“The ones who have believed, emigrated and striven in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives are greater in rank in the Sight of Allah. And it is those who are the attainers [of success].” [Al-Quran, Surah at-Tawbah, verse 20].
The good transformation has always been the Sunnah (way) of the anbiya’ (prophets), for there had been no prophets that did not undertake transformation in upholding the religion of Islam.
Islam is a religion of mercy and it heavily emphasizes the relationship between individuals, families, communities, and even nations. This is because Islam calls for security and prosperity through good akhlaq, attitude, and speech. Islam rejects all forms of hostility, hatred, and sedition. Allah has created mankind on earth having diverse ethnicity and background. Allah mentions in verse 13 of Surah al-Hujurat which means:
“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.” [Al-Quran, Surah al-Hujurat, verse 13].
Islam truly manifests the actual meaning of ukhuwwah (brotherhood) when the Muhajirin, who was originally from Makkah, were made as brothers with the Ansar in Madinah, while they do not even have any blood and family relationship that some were even willing to share by giving a portion of their wealth to their Muhajirin brethren. There were those that even offered their wives to their Muhajirin brethren. At every stage of life and all da’wah levels, we find that Rasulullah had greatly emphasized the aspect of ukhuwwah. In al-Qur’an Allah mentions directly upon the great importance of brotherhood, unity, and unification within the Muslim ummah, calling to live in unity, loving, and caring for each other, while avoiding disputes and disunity. Allah mentions in verse 10 of Surah al-Hujurat which means:
“The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.” [Al-Quran, Surah al-Hujurat, verse 10]
In ensuring everlasting brotherhood, we must leave out any form of differences and disputes in our daily affairs. This is because Islam calls for unity and harmony among mankind. In cultivating the ummah, Allah has reminded us to preserve silaaturrahm (ties of kinship) amongst mankind. Therefore, Islam encourages its adherents to interact, mingle, and establish a good relationship with harmony and well being in daily affairs.
Broad-mindedness and affection amongst Muslims must be truly instilled and nurtured. Rasulullah had forbidden motives that could lead to enmity within his ummahs such as quarrels, disputes, and conflicts amongst Muslims. This is because disputes and conflicts can cause fitnah upon the Muslim ummah, while fitnah is a matter that is greatly prohibited in Islam. In the hadith of Abu Hurayrah, Rasulullah said which means:
“Beware of suspicion (about others), as suspicion is the falsest talk, and do not spy upon each other, and do not listen to the evil talk of the people about others’ affairs, and do not have enmity with one another, but be brothers.” [Narrated by al-Bukhari]
As a religion that truly promotes the message of justice, a Muslim is highly encouraged to instill the niyyah (intention) in giving da’wah to the non-Muslims by inviting them to discuss religion, demonstrating the noble akhlaq of a Muslim and Islam, being just and righteous, and not oppressing them. Therefore, let us altogether safeguard the unity and harmony that was established by our beloved Rasulullah all these while, as in the saying: ‘unity is achieved through consensus’.
In ending this topic, we can conclude as important lessons and guidelines as in the following:
- The Muslim Ummah must have full certainty that transformation towards something better is an obligation.
- The Muslim Ummah must realize that Islam is a religion that emphasizes the principles of brotherhood amongst Muslims and that it brings mercy to humanity.
- The Muslim Ummah must continue in its da’wah efforts to everyone, whether the Muslims or non-Muslims, by providing sound understanding regarding the truthfulness of authentic Islamic teachings.
- The Muslim Ummah must always renew their resolution for transformation in increasing their ibadah (worship) and personifying noble akhlaq.