عَنْ أَنَسٍ عَنِ النَّبِىِّ – صلى الله عليه وسلم – قَالَ « لا يُؤْمِنُ أَحَدُكُمْ حَتَّى يُحِبَّ لأَخِيهِ مَا يُحِبُّ لِنَفْسِهِ
Anas narrated: The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,” None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother, the same thing he loves for himself.” [ Bukhari 13 and Muslim 45]
- Giving counsel and advice is an obligation for the Muslim
- Included in giving advice is wanting good for the Muslim and disliking evil for him: The same way a person likes good for himself and hates evil for himself
- Giving advice and counsel is a part of faith
- Muslim brotherhood is stronger than a brother of kin. Therefore the brotherhood of Islam is more deserving [ of advice]
- There are different levels of faith. The denying of faith in this hadeeth relates to complete faith. Faith isn’t denied unless an obligation is abandoned, and not a recommended act.
- The Muslim brotherhood in this hadeeth refers to the believing men and women. Allah says, “ The believers, men and women are Auliya ( helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another.” [ At-Taubah 71]
- Everything that contradicts love is included: speech, actions, deceit, backbiting, jealousy, and transgressions towards a Muslim’s body, wealth, and honor. Along with this profit gained from trade shouldn’t be prevented by lying, fraud or cheating.
Translated by Abu Aaliyah ibn Dwight Lamont Battle Sr.