| Many Shahadah but Few Muslims |
And الله said in the Qur’aan, Surah al-Baqarah verse 148:
وَلِكُلٍّ۬ وِجۡهَةٌ هُوَ مُوَلِّيہَاۖ فَٱسۡتَبِقُواْ ٱلۡخَيۡرَٲتِۚ
For each [religious following] is a direction toward which it faces. So race to [all that is] that is good.
This verse is often read out by many of the callers towards Islaam to which they gather many non-Muslims in one place and pursue them into Islaam. And truly there is nothing wrong in this as their intention is to preach the deen of الله and the Prophets of Islaam. The beauty of this faith is overwhelming that once heard by those of different faith, immediately their hearts turn to shiver and submission, thus they perform the shahadah.
However what comes next is the greatest of all misfortunes. Truly we have many callers to Islaam and many have testified but few remain to fulfill their testification. Many a time today that our callers look into non-muslims and have fulfilled their obligation towards them, but what about their obligations toward the fellow muslim?
An-Nu`man bin Bashir narrated that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body, so that, if any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness (insomnia) and fever with it.”
حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو نُعَيْمٍ، حَدَّثَنَا زَكَرِيَّاءُ، عَنْ عَامِرٍ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُهُ يَقُولُ سَمِعْتُ النُّعْمَانَ بْنَ بَشِيرٍ، يَقُولُ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم “ تَرَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ فِي تَرَاحُمِهِمْ وَتَوَادِّهِمْ وَتَعَاطُفِهِمْ كَمَثَلِ الْجَسَدِ إِذَا اشْتَكَى عُضْوًا تَدَاعَى لَهُ سَائِرُ جَسَدِهِ بِالسَّهَرِ وَالْحُمَّى ”.
Sahih al-Bukhari (6011) and Sahih Muslim 2586
If Muslims should treat our brethren in such a way, that we are upon one body, ins’t it that we can say that our strength is only as strong as our weakest Muslim? If a Muslim revert entered upon Islaam, isn’t it our primary obligation to teach them so that they may uphold their faith? But how many reverts have returned back to apostasy because they were not given much attention. Once they entered Islaam, our callers have initiated less attention towards them. It is as if they give more importance to non Muslims instead of our brothers in faith. What does this teach us? What about the hadeeth narrated above?
We are callers towards the truth and our duty is not just to invite them but also to suffice their needs. The same way that we treat our visitors at home that once they are inside our premises, we show kindness, courtesy and hospitality. And our home is our religion. So treat our brothers the same way that we treat ourselves for we are as one body.
Anas narrated that The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “None of you will have faith till he wishes for his (Muslim) brother what he likes for himself.”
حَدَّثَنَا مُسَدَّدٌ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى، عَنْ شُعْبَةَ، عَنْ قَتَادَةَ، عَنْ أَنَسٍ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم.
وَعَنْ حُسَيْنٍ الْمُعَلِّمِ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا قَتَادَةُ، عَنْ أَنَسٍ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ “ لا يُؤْمِنُ أَحَدُكُمْ حَتَّى يُحِبَّ لأَخِيهِ مَا يُحِبُّ لِنَفْسِهِ ”.
Sahih al-Bukhari (13)
If this is the Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم measurement of Eeman towards how we treat our brethren. What did you do after the non-Muslim entered Islaam? Look around my brother (sister) in Islaam, do we have as many Muslims as the number of testification suggests or do we only have many testifications but few Muslims?
Wa nas’alullaaha liljami’it tawfeeq wal hidaya.