The Prophet (sa) said: “The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
While the capitalist system glorifies individualism, Islam emphasizes the concept of brotherhood or that of the Ummah. Islam came to Arabia, breaking the bonds of tribalism and establishing one bond on the basis of belief. Muslims, no matter from which country, race or creed, are united on the basis of their Deen – we feel love towards and the pain of the entire Ummah.
After the death of the Prophet (sa), the Ummah was part of one political entity, the Khilafah, which acted as a shield for the Muslims, until it was abolished after World War I and the Muslim lands were divided by the Kuffar rulers of that time: the French and the British, per the Sykes-Picot agreement. Throughout history, the enemies of Islam realized that the only time the Ummah was weak was when it was divided and fighting amongst itself. Today, the Ummah is divided by borders. Muslims are suffering economic hardships and facing oppression all over the world, from wars to famines, to ethnic cleansings. While the rulers sit in their glorified palaces, the people suffer, and the rest of us feel their pain and a sense of helplessness.
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