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May 23rd, 2003 #1
Asalam u alikum,
Please read completely,, this is something we are all guilty of ignoring
Rights of Muslims
from: Rights Basic to the Natural Human Constitution, and Affirmed by Divine Law
by: Shaikh Mohammed 'Aal-'Uthaymeen
The Muslims Ummah has tremendous rights on every Muslim. Some of these rights were mentioned in this Hadith: "The rights of the Muslim on a Muslim (brother) are six: If you meet him say Salam to him (peace be unto you), if he invites you, accept (the invitation), if he seeks advice, hen advise him, if he sneezed and thanks Allah (He says Al7amdu lilah), the Shammit'h (say Yarhamuka Allah-May Allah have mercy on you), if he becomes sick visit him and if he dies follow him (his funeral)." [Muslim]
The first right is to say Salam to your brother when you meet him. Salam is a Sunnah that the Prophet (salalahu allayhi wa salam) ordered on Muslims. It causes closeness in the hearts of the believers. The Prophet (salalahu allayhi wa salam) said, what translated means "By Allah you will not enter Paradise till you believe and you will not believe till you love each other. Can I tell you a deed that if you do you will love each other (because of it): Spread Salam between you." [Muslim] The Prophet used to say Salam even to children when he met them. He used to say Salam first when he met someone.
The Sunnah is that the young say Salam first tothe elders, the few to the many and the one riding to the walking. If the Sunnah is not practiced in this order, Salam should be given anyway. Amar Ibn Yasir said: "Three qualities complete the belief of the one who possesses them: To be fair even against yourself, to spread Salam to everyone, and to spend (of your money for the sake of ALlah) even if you were in need." [Al-Bukhari]
To say salam is a Sunnah, but answering it is a must. One can answer on behalf ofa group. Also, Salam should be answered in a manner equal or more than the Salams given. Allah said, what translated means: *When you are greeted with a greeting, greet in return with what is better than it or (at least) return it equally.* [4:86]
IF someone said: "As-Salam Alaikum", The answer should be at least: Wa Alaikum As-Salam." The perfect way to say Salam is: "As-Salam Alaikum wa rahmato Allahi wa barakatuh" The perfect way to answer is: "Wa Alaikum As-Salam wa Rahmatu Allahi wa Barakatu(wa maghfiratuh)
The Second right is to accept invitations by other Muslims. If a Muslim invited you to his house you must accept the invitation to increase friendly and brotherly relations between Muslims. Wedding invitations must be kept, except when evil is being done or said in the wedding party. The Prophet (salalahu allayhi wa salam), when translated means: "And whoever does not accept (an invitation to a wedding) will disobey Allah and His Messenger." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Answering invitations can also mean answering the call for help. The Prophet (salalahu allayhi wa salam) said, what translated means: "And if he invites (or calls) you, accept." If your Muslims brother calls you to help him in any lawful matter, then you are ordered to answer the call. The Prophet (salalahu allayhi wa salam) said describing the believers that they are (what translates to): "Like the building, its parts supporting each other." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The third right is to offer advice to your Muslim brother when he needs it. To offer advice is part of this religion. The Prophet (slalaahu allayhi wa salam) said, what translated means: "Religion (Islam) is Nasihah (means sincerity or giving advice) for the sake of Allah and His book, for His messenger and the leaders of Muslims and the common folk (among Muslims)." [Muslim]. If you are not asked for advice, then you are allowed not to give it. However, you must advise your brother if what he is going to do is evil or harmful. To forbid evil is the right of the nation on Muslims.
The fourth right is to say Tashmit "Yarhamaka Allah"( may Allah grant you mercy) when your Muslim brother sneezes and thanks Allah. If he did not thank Allah, then you do not have to say Tashmit. To say Tashmit is a must, and to answer is also a must. To answer Tashmit, one must say "Yahdikumu Allah wa Yuslih Balakum" (may ALlah grant you guidance and peace of mind). If your Muslim brother sneezed more than once, then the third time one should say "'A'afakumu Allah" (may ALlah Cure you)
The fifth right is to visit your Muslim brother if he is ill. Visiting the ill is a duty on Muslims, especially their relatives and neighbors. If the ill person needs more visits, it is also his right. Also, when one visits the ill, one should ask Allah to cure his brother, remind him of Allah and tell him that Allah decreases bad deeds for any sickness or hardship that happens to a Muslim. Also, the ill should be reminded to ask Allah for forgiveness and to keep remembering Allah.
The sixth right is to follow the funeral procession of your Muslim brother. Allah grants big rewards for the one who does that. The Prophet (salalahu allayhi wa salam) said, what translated means: "Whoever follows a funeral till (the dead person) is prayed on (the prayer of Janaazah), he will have Qurat. Whoever follows it till it is buried will have two Qirats." he was asked: "What are the Qirats? He said: "Like two huge mountains (of reward0." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The seventh right is not to harm Muslims in any way or manner. It is a big sin to harm other Muslims. Allah said, what translated means: *And those who annoy believing men and women undeservedly, bear on themselves the crime of slander and plain sin* [33:58]
Usuallay, Allah avenges the harm inflicted on Muslims in this life. The Prophet (salalahu allayhi wa salam) said, what translated means: "Do not hate each other nor shun each other and be, O slace of Allah, as brothers. The Muslim is the brother of the Muslim, he does not deal him injustice, ignore him (when he calls for help) or despise of him. It is enough sin for a person to despise his Muslim brother. All of the Muslim is forbidden to the Muslim (to violate), his blood, money and honor." [Muslim].
There are many other rights of Muslims on each other. What can be a summary of these rights is the Hadith, "The Muslim is the brother of the Muslim! Whenever a Muslim implements this, the Muslim nation will be happy and united.
May 23rd, 2003 #2
SOmeone posted a thread a few days back about funerels and people following the funeral ,, i have highlighted the necessary portion of the article which talks about that :
The Prophet (salalahu allayhi wa salam) said, what translated means: "Whoever follows a funeral till (the dead person) is prayed on (the prayer of Janaazah), he will have Qurat. Whoever follows it till it is buried will have two Qirats." he was asked: "What are the Qirats? He said: "Like two huge mountains (of reward0." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
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May 29th, 2003 #4
Sounds like good advice. But it's a shame to limit such compassion to Muslims only. These type of exclusionary practices seem to be limited to Islam and only helps to alienate Muslims from the rest of God's people.
May 29th, 2003 #5Originally posted by Seminole:
...These type of exclusionary practices seem to be limited to Islam and only helps to alienate Muslims from the rest of God's people.
May 29th, 2003 #6Originally posted by Changez_like:
No. what helps to alienate Muslims from the rest of God's people is "stereotyping".
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