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Be a Mediator (Peace-maker)

The Muslim segment of the Ummah of Nabi (Salallahu Alaihi wa Sallam), is ONE massive family unit, “like one single body”. Viewed against this backdrop, brotherhood (“ukhuwwa”) is an absolutely essential ingredient for success. The call by Allah Ta’ala to hold fast all together “to the rope of Allah” is a clear signal for a strongly united Ummah.

As a matter of fact, it is this “unity” that is “the strength” of this Ummah. Nabi (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) once mentioned: “The hand of Allah is with the Jama’at.” (Mishkaat)

In Deen-ul-Islam, it is indeed a great and super act of good will to bring two feuding Muslims together ... individuals or groups. To mediate between these hostile persons or groups is a giant-sized act of great merit. Allah Ta’ala views such an act most favourably because it brings together quarrelling factions, leads to strong ukhuwwa, and Allah Ta’ala loves the brotherhood amongst the Ummah most dearly.

Hadhrat Abu Darda (Radiyallahu ‘Anhu) reports that Nabi (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Must I not show you such an act which is better than Nafl fast, sadaqa and nafl Salaah?” We said: “Certainly tell us”. Nabi (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) replied: “That deed … is to restore relationships and unite two disputing parties, because to have enmity causes the good deeds to dissolve and disappear.” (Abu Dawood)

Ah! What a simple and easy investment in order to reap and secure limitless, wonderful and enriching from our Loving and Kind Allah Ta’ala.

Quarrelling and arguing in any community is extremely detrimental. People become divided. The “chain” becomes riddled with weak links and the unseen assistance of our Allah Ta’ala is simply absent.

This is surely not a healthy living style. People become despondent. Ugly behaviour-patterns such as hatred, malice, bitterness, anger, resentment, etc. become the order of the day. Unfortunately, the initial differences snowball out of control and the Ummah of beloved Nabi (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam) becomes extremely weak and helpless.

It would certainly not be far-fetched to compare this scenario to a floppy, flaccid, fickle and sick poodle. Let us all aspire to mediate, resolve differences and build strong and united societies. Become a “solutionist” rather than an “isolationist”.

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