A Ramadan when Muslims don’t fight Muslims






‘Ramadan Mubarak’ to all the Muslim brothers and sisters around the world. I pray to my Lord that, this holy month which encompasses the Night of Qadr, the Night when the Quran, the guide to all of humanity was sent down, and which is as Allah (swt) said,,

The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).”

(Al-Qadr 97:3) This month will bring peace, happiness and welfare to the entire Islamic world Insha’Allah.

The holy month of Ramadan carries so many beauties and blessings, and it would be almost impossible to list them all here. In this sacred month, Muslims throughout the vast Islamic geography become united, put behind the resentments from the past and embrace the feelings of brotherhood, alliance, love, compassion and affection

. The poor and the needy are taken care of through the Iftar gatherings; and the aid of charity organizations and benefactors, creating a blessed environment for all the parties involved.

The month of Ramadan has very positive effects on people’s souls. The crime rates drastically drop during this month in the Muslim world. Many avoid telling lies, committing sins, and shun any activities that Allah (swt) wouldn’t approve of. They feel more empowered, and inspired to think and act better. Fasting makes them ponder upon matters that they never gave a thought to before, and this creates a fear of God Allah (swt), and a longing for the Hereafter in their hearts. They get closer to religion, and many of them continue to live a more devout and sincere life even after Ramadan ends. Therefore, Ramadan is a month of endless blessings and goodness.

However, the Islamic world has started this Ramadan amidst wars, conflicts and poverty. We started last Ramadan by praying that all the pains, suffering and wars that the innocent people of the Islamic world had to endure would end soon. This year, Muslims are facing even bigger difficulties. In the Middle East particularly, brothers have turned against brothers and Muslims are fighting Muslims. Innocent people are being killed for no reason, forced out of their homes and countries, our historical heritage is being destroyed and things escalate further with every passing day.

However, our Lord said in the fourth verse of Surah As-Saff, “Verily, Allah loves those who fight in His Cause in rows (ranks) as if they were a solid structure.” (As-Saff 61:4); and He made it very clear that it is an obligation for Muslims to be united.

Muslims are the guardians of each other, and as they are the friends of Allah (swt), the helpers of Allah (swt), they have the sublime moral values to bring peace and justice to the world. It is for this reason that Muslims need to love, embrace and help each other.

It is important that Muslims fail the plot of Satan immediately to bring an atmosphere of unity and love to the Muslim world- regardless of any ethnic, racial, sectarian, or other differences. Our Lord said, “And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Qur’an), and be not divided among yourselves…” (Al-Imran 3:103); and ordered Muslims to be united, help, love and cooperate with each other, and intellectually disperse the evil results of hostility.

Allah (swt) created destiny, and He showed us the way of salvation. The only thing we need to do is follow His words, and bring love and compassion to the Islamic world. Allah (swt) commanded Muslims to set aside all their differences; and love and help each other. We pray that this Ramadan will be a month when Muslims stop pointing guns at each other, and foil the plot of  Satan by extinguishing  the fires of hostility and strife; and becoming more loving, compassionate, understanding, and reasonable towards each other.

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


[Hadeeth Commentary] Fulfilling the Needs of Another Muslim

Adapted for Hiba by Tasneem Vali


Related on the authority of Abu Hurairah (rta) that the Prophet (sa) said: “Whosoever relieves from a believer some grief pertaining to this world, Allah (swt) will relieve from him some grief pertaining to the hereafter. Whosoever alleviates the difficulties of a needy person who cannot pay his debt, Allah (swt) will alleviate his difficulties in both this world and the hereafter. Whosoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah (swt) will conceal his faults in this world and the hereafter. Allah (swt) will aid a servant (of His) so long as the servant aids his brother. Whosoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allah (swt) will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the houses of Allah (swt), reciting the Book of Allah (swt) and studying it among themselves, except that tranquility descends upon them, mercy covers them, the angels surround them, and Allah (swt) makes mention of them amongst those who are in His presence. Whosoever is slowed down by his deeds will not be hastened forward by his lineage.” (Muslim)

This is a comprehensive Hadeeth that teaches us how to behave as part of a society. It can be divided into two parts:

  • The ways we can help each other
  • The virtues of the study circle (Halaqa, Dars etc…)

The Hadeeth ends with a statement that categorically denies any benefit you might think your lineage will offer on the Day of Judgement.

How can we help each other?

There are essentially four ways demonstrated in the narrative above.

  1. Whoever removes a source of worldly grief from a believer, Allah (swt) will remove from him one of his sources of grief on the Day of Resurrection.
  2. Whoever eases the necessity of a needy person, Allah (swt) will lessen his needs in this world and the hereafter.
  3. Whoever shields (or hides the misdeeds) of a Muslim, Allah (swt) will shield him in this world and the hereafter.
  4. Allah (swt) will aid His slave as long as he aids his brother.


This guarantees that the profit earned from an act is of a comparable nature to the act itself. Or, that you will be treated the same way, in fact better than the way you treat another Muslim. You will get equal amounts of relief, help and protection in this world and also after you leave this temporary abode. Ibn Rajab, as quoted by An-Nawawi, talks about the difference between the two situations – in this world and the hereafter. Not everyone has a difficult life in this world, or is distressed. Since the difficulties of this life are incomparable to the distressful aspects of the hereafter, Allah (swt) reserves the reward for striving to relieve another Muslim’s distress of this life until the Day of Judgement. Many Ahadeeth emphasize on this principle. Grief or distress in this Hadeeth means a great difficulty or hardship a Muslim is facing. In one version of the Hadeeth, it is stated as “whosoever relieves” and in another version “whosoever removes”. There is obviously a difference between the two versions because ‘to relieve’ means to minimize the difficulty or distress, whereas ‘to remove’ means to totally eradicate the difficulty or hardship.” (40 Hadeeth Nawawi)


“And if the debtor is in a hard time (has no money), then grant him time till it is easy for him to repay, but if you remit it by way of charity, that is better for you if you did but know.” (Al-Baqarah 2:280)

Specifically with debt, if a person dies with it his burial is on hold until the debt is repaid. Avoid falling into debt just to have what others have. To make it easy, if someone needs to repay you some money and they cannot pay you on time, forgive them. Give them more time or tell them to repay whatever they can. This by itself is Sadaqah.

How to shield your Muslim brother?

Ibn Rajab says that people can fall into two categories:

  1. Those who are not known for transgression or committing bad deeds. For these people, if by any chance they commit a mistake, it should not be revealed. On the contrary, it should be concealed and not talked about.
  2. Those who are well known transgressors, and who speak proudly about their shameful and sinful acts. Ibn Rajab mentions that if there is a need to mention the qualities of these people, we should do so for the benefit of the Muslim community. (40 Hadeeth Nawawi)

The general rule of the Hadeeth is that Muslims must not disclose the faults of other Muslims unless they are of the second category and then only to an authority who will discipline them for the benefit of the Ummah. Satara is to cover someone’s mistakes; there are three types of ‘Sittar’:


A scholar said it is better to make a mistake in pardoning someone than to make a mistake by punishing someone wrongly. No matter how you help a fellow Muslim, you will be rewarded.

What are the virtues of a study circle?

This is the core of Islam, searching for and acquiring knowledge. This part of the Hadeeth is usually interpreted as follows:

  1. Allah (swt) will ease the way of the knowledge seeker to gain knowledge.
  2. Allah (swt) will assure the knowledge seeker benefits from the knowledge he is seeking.
  3. Those who pursue knowledge for the good of humanity, Allah (swt) will help them overcome distress on the Day of Judgement.
  4. Whosoever remembers Allah (swt) in a congregation, Allah (swt) mentions that person in His Divine congregation with His Angels.

In the end, we are reminded it is not who we are but what we do, and that we will bear the weight of our deeds ourselves on the Judgement Day.

May Allah (swt) enable us to be a better Muslim and implement the moral of this Hadeeth throughout our life. Ameen.

The Thunderstorm – Winning Short Story

Winning story of “A Life-Changing Experience” – a story-writing competition organized by Hiba Magazine

By Shagufta Shahzad

ThunderstormIt was the mid of July. I was sprawled on my comfortable bed and watching a movie, when my mother came in and asked me to get ready to go shopping; she wanted to collect her bangles from the jewellers. She said that she wanted to come back before Maghrib.

Fifteen minutes later, we were on the road. The sky had been cloudy since morning. As it began to drizzle, I became more conscious on the road. I had been driving fast, so I slowed down to avoid risks. The drizzle changed to sudden downpour as we neared the shop.

People on the road started to run frantically for shelter. Vehicles slowed down on the road as well.

Suddenly, we heard a very loud crack of thunder followed by a bright flash of lightning outside my car window. Within a few minutes, roads and streets had turned into streams and rivers. Many trees were uprooted. The storm plunged the city into darkness. Advertisement boards began to fall and damage vehicles around them.

We seemed to be frozen on the spot. It seemed impossible to move because I could feel water inside my car. I became confused and switched off the engine. My mother started reciting a Dua loudly. People from outside suddenly started to gesture and shout. They were asking us to move forward or leave the car because a neon sign board was about to fall on us. I immediately turned the ignition on, but the engine turned off. Just then, a man came and asked us to jump out. Throwing all caution to the winds, we did as told before it was too late.

“O Allah! Do not kill us with Your anger, nor destroy us with Your torment, and save us before that.” (Bukhari, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasai and Al-Hakim)

We walked to stand near a wall, desperately in need of a ride home. At the time, we were totally oblivious to the fact that the sign board had indeed crashed into our precious car. I have no idea how long we stood there, soaking wet with a huge amount of cash in our bags. There were no rickshaws or cabs to take us home!

People were frantically moving in groups, holding hands to save each other from falling into any open sewerage or gutter. Whenever they would pass by us, they would ask us to get moving too. Honestly, we were too scared and too confused to think straight. Suddenly, a boy came near us and asked us where we wanted to go. He told us that there was no option but to hold hands and move from here as it was already dark and we two women were all alone. My mother held his hand and we started walking. The whole place was flooded; we had no clue where we were placing our foot. We were just praying and moving. We recited the Sunnah supplication taught to us by the Prophet (sa):

«اللَّهُمَّ لَا تَقْتُلْنَا بِغَضَبِكَ، وَلَا تُهْلِكْنَا بِعَذَابِكَ، وَعَافِنَا قَبْل ذَلِك»
“O Allah! Do not kill us with Your anger, nor destroy us with Your torment, and save us before that.” (Bukhari, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasai and Al-Hakim)

Verses 19 and 20 of Surah Al-Baqarah related to my situation easily. Allah (swt) says:

“Or like a rainstorm from the sky, wherein is darkness, thunder, and lightning. They thrust their fingers in their ears to keep out the stunning thunderclap for fear of death. But Allah ever encompasses the disbelievers (i.e. Allah will gather them all together). The lightning almost snatches away their sight, whenever it flashes for them, they walk therein, and when darkness covers them, they stand still. And if Allah willed, He could have taken away their hearing and their sight. Certainly, Allah has power over all things.” (Al-Baqarah 2:19-20)

That was one of the most memorable nights of my life. It changed the way I interact with people. Now, whenever I am out, I try to find people who need my assistance, and help them in every way I can. No good deed looks too small to me. They are all significant in my eyes. 

Flashes of thunderbolts helped us to find the way and move forward. At that point, we all were hoping that these flashes remain calm so we could reach our destination.

People left us when they reached their houses and soon only that boy was left behind with us. When he reached his house, he offered us to come inside and stay there for a while. He took us through a narrow street. We were puzzled but he was the only hope.

It was very dark, as only lightning was showing us the way. He stood near a small curtain, behind which was a small door. He went inside, while we were standing outside confused and frightened. Then we heard a middle-aged woman approach us. She smiled and asked us to come inside.  As we walked in, feeling like we’ve just been on a battlefield, the lady offered us a hot meal and dry clothes.

In the morning, after praying Fajr, the lady prepared breakfast and her son went out to arrange a ride for us. It took us an hour because the roads were badly damaged, but Alhumdulillah, we finally reached home.

After the storm subsided, I decided to visit the family that had been of such great help to us that night. However, despite many attempts, I was unable to locate them. Maybe it was too dark when we had arrived and left…

I still pray for them whenever I can. That was one of the most memorable nights of my life. It changed the way I interact with people. Now, whenever I am out, I try to find people who need my assistance, and help them in every way I can. No good deed looks too small to me. They are all significant in my eyes.

O Allah, indeed, I am the witness to the day you saved us and in that dark night you sent thunderbolts and strikes as a blessing to show us our path. O Allah, bless my companions and myself with your guidance. Make us firm on the path of guidance and do not allow us to deviate from it. Ameen.

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