Q. Is there any special message about Ramadan and Brotherhood?

A. (#drzakir): Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “All the Muslims are one body”. If we analyse and look around all the Muslims, we are different! we are diversified! As far as language is concerned, as far as colour is concerned, as far as the race is concerned, as far as the country where we come from, we are diversified, we are different but united under one statement – “La-illaha illalla muhammad-ur-rasoolullaha” – there is no God worthy of worship except Allah and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the messenger of Allah. So based only on this qalimah the Muslims throughout the world are united and Allah says in the Quran in Surah Al-Hujurat Ch. 49 V. 13, “O humankind we have created you from a single pair of male and female and have divided you in nations and tribes so that you shall recognize each other not that you shall despise each other and the most honored in the site of Allah is one who has Taqwah”. The criteria for judgement in the site of Allah subhanwatala is not caste, is not colour, is not race, is not sex, is not wealth, it is Taqwah – it is God consciousness, it is piety. And in this month of Ramadan Allah says in Suran Al-Baqarah Ch. 2 V. 183, “…So that you may learn self-restraint”. So that your Taqwah may increase. So more your taqwah increases all the Muslims in the world they are United. Because we are like one brotherhood, caste color creed can’t differentiate us. We are ONE. The best example of the brotherhood was even at the time of the Prophet. The sahabaas came from different countries, different colours, different races. We have the example of Abu Baqar (may Allah be pleased with him) – he was a Quraish. Hazrat Bilal (may Allah be pleased with him) – he was from Ethiopia, he was an Ethiopians. Hazrat Shuaib (may Allah be pleased with him) – he was Roman. We have example of Salman Farsi (may Allah be pleased with him) – he was from Persia. And when we go down the line of history of Islam further we have the same thing. We have Imam Bukhari, he was a great scholar – he was from Bukhara, he was not an Arab! We have Muhammad the Conqueror – he was from Turkey, he was a Turk. We have the example of Salman Ayoubi – he was a Karak. We have Alama Iqbal – he was from India. So what we know we have Muslims from different parts of the world. And this brotherhood we learn more in the month of Ramadan because our Taqwah Level increases during this month. And our beloved Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said, “one faithful believer to another believer is like a brick of wall and he clasped his hands. He also said, “one Muslim should never oppress the other Muslim, he should not fail him, he should not lie to him, should always be truthful and one Muslim cannot go against another Muslim”. That is the brotherhood that our beloved Prophet taught us. And the best we learn in this month of Ramadan.

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