Could you please give information about the law of fraternity?
Submitted by on Mon, 28/12/2009 - 13:07
Dear Brother / Sister,
A person should treat his/her sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws in the same way as he/she would like his/her spouse to treat his/her own sisters and brothers. However, there is no fard duty regarding the issue.
The Law of Fraternity:
Fraternity based on blood is a kind of relation that Islam gives importance to. Brothers and sisters have rights and duties over each other. Brothers and sisters should treat one another in a friendly way, justly and well.
In the Holy Qur’an, the following is stated about Adam’s two sons, Cain and Abe: “Recite to them in all truth the news of Adam's two sons;
How they each made an offering, and how the offering of the one was accepted while that of the other was not. He said: 'I will surely kill you.' (The other) said: 'Allah accepts only from the righteous. If you stretch your hand to kill me, I shall not stretch mine to kill you; for I fear Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. I would rather you bear my sin and your sin and become among the inhabitants of Hell. Such is the recompense of the harm doers.'
His soul made it seem fair to him to slay his brother; he killed him and became one of the losers. (Al-Maida, 5/27-30)
Also in the Chapter Yusuf, the evil deeds that Joseph’s brothers committed are narrated in detail . In the end when everything became clear, his brothers said to him: “'By Allah,' they said, 'Allah has preferred you above us all. We have indeed been sinful.' He replied: 'Let no reproach be on you this day. Allah will judge you. He is the Most Merciful of the merciful.” (Yusuf, 12/91-92); Joseph (pbuh) forgave them.
Moses also wished from Allah that his brother be a partner for him in goodness, as follows: “'Lord,' said Moses, 'expand my chest, and ease my task for me. Unloose the knot upon my tongue, that they may understand my speech. Appoint for me a minister from my family, Aaron, my brother. By him confirm my strength and let him share my task, so that we exalt You and remember You abundantly. (Taha, 20/24-34)
The reason why prophets do kindness for their brothers is told in the Qur’an is for being an advice and serving as a model to Muslims. Brothers and sisters should behave according to these rules:
1 – Brothers and sisters should be affectionate and respectful towards each other. Younger ones should obey older ones by accepting them as their mothers or fathers and avoid treating them disrespectfully. The older ones should forgive mistakes of the younger ones.
2 – Siblings should not worry their parents, should live in unity and fraternity by treating them properly. They should not bear a grudge over each other with reasons like money, inheritance etc. and should behave in a common spirit of fraternity.
3 – Things such as fame, money, etc. should not be a reason for jealousy. If one of the siblings gets higher positions or becomes rich, this condition should be counted as a reason for being proud of. One who gets higher positions or becomes rich should not despise his other siblings and should help them by doing his best.
4 – They should gently handle conflicts and business among each other by showing respect to each other’s ideas and coming to a decision without hurting each other.
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