What will be the otherworldly benefits of believers’ loving one another?

The Details of the Question
I said to a believing brother that I love very much, "I have chosen you as my brother in the hereafter; I love you very much for Allah’s sake." What will be its benefits for me? Will I receive thawabs because I love him for Allah’s sake?
The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

According to what is reported from Numan Ibn Bashir, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

"Believers resemble one body as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind. If any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness and fever with it."

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) sheds light on the Islamic community of that time and guides us with the light emitting from his unique words. He never spoke out of his own desire. He always acted in accordance with the order of Lord. He never uttered useless words.

He integrated and combined a community whose individuals were so bad-tempered and stern, and who were enemies of one another in such a nice way that humanity never saw and will never see such a self-sacrificing community that declared one another brothers.

There was a great change. Those brutal, vindictive and stern people became very lofty after they met the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) thanks to his guidance. The guidance and education given by the Messenger of Allah made Umar, who came to kill him with his sword, the symbol of justice. He eliminated the wars between tribes, feuds and other similar bad practices that prevented the members of the community from trusting one another.

We understand from the hadith that believers should help one another regarding very important issues like loving, mercy and protection. In that case, believers should definitely love, forgive, pity and help one another, and show mercy to one another. For, the establishment of a community with healthy individuals, the salvation of the ummah and the wellbeing of the hearts can be possible only when such people come together.   

As a matter of fact, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) laid the foundations of the most magnificent community in the world by establishing brotherhood between Makkan muhajirs (migrants) and Ansar (helpers) of Madinah after the Migration. People were united so much that they competed one another to share the things they possessed like their houses, fields and orchards with their new brothers. Consequently, this community began something perfect that the generations after them would follow with pride. 

As the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) expresses in his nice simile, the cause of sleeplessness is the pain felt in any organ. When a person is sleepless, the severity of inflammatory diseases increases. A disorder that occurs in an organ, even if it is small, will definitely affect and disturb the other organs. Those organs, whose names are different, are parts that form the body. It is not possible for them to be independent from one another, or rather, to exist without one another. To think them as separate organs is nonsense like to think that a body can exist without a head or a heart. Therefore, it is necessary to think of the body as a whole rather than as independent organs. Similarly, instead of regarding believers as separate individuals, is it not necessary to regard the Islamic world as a whole, to act like that and to evaluate the favorable and unfavorable incidents through that viewpoint? Is it not necessary to treat the disorders at once?

It does not fit a real believer not to show mercy and compassion to his believing brother, not to think about his problem by ignoring the problems of others, to watch the incidents that take place nearby and that affect all Muslims badly without doing anything. According to the hadith above, if a Muslim anywhere in the world suffers and is in agony, we have to share his feelings and look for cures to eliminate his problems. 

A real believer cannot live lazily and insensitively when his brothers are in pain and agony. He cannot have fun when his brothers shed tears and suffer. He cannot eat and drink abundantly and wear various clothes while his brothers go hungry for days. He cannot sleep comfortably in his cozy bed as if nothing has happened while his brothers are deprived of all of them. 

Allah tests us and states in His book that one cannot enter Paradise without being tested. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) says,

"The best of the deeds is to love for Allah and to hate for Allah."

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) also states the following:

"A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim; he does not oppress him; he does not leave him alone. Whoever fulfills the need of his brother, Allah will fulfill his need in the hereafter. Whoever relieves a Muslim of hardship, Allah will relieve him of hardship on the Day of Judgment. Whoever screens the sin of a Muslim, Allah will screen his sin on the Day of Resurrection.”

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) did not educate only the people living in his age. He educates us every day with his timeless statements and deeds. Nowadays, we need the education of the Messenger of Allah more than any other time. The negative incidents taking place in the Islamic world recently shows us how much we have moved away from this divine education.   

How can a believer who reads, understands and practices the hadith above pull a gun on his believing brother, hate him and bomb his mosque? The Messenger of Allah likened believers to a bodyas regards love, being merciful among themselves and protecting one another. Where is that unity? We are in agony because of breaking into pieces. The doors we knock on in order to be treated deteriorate our wounds. In fact, there is no need to look for a treatment because the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) declares loudly the treatment from fifteen centuries ago.  

The Islamic world is a big body, a body with diseases in its various parts. Those who caused the disease offered various treatments to solve it. The treatments they apply aim to eliminate the diseased parts. 

The diagnosis is clear. The Islamic world is in the throes of death due to the blows from inside and outside. An urgent treatment is necessary without losing any time. A true treatment can be done only by a real and true doctor. It is a great blessing that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh), who is the greatest doctor, educator and who made the greatest change in the world and moved the universe so to speak, gave us the prescription centuries ago. He personally showed us how to unite, integrate and get well, in short, everything that we need and the only way of treatment:  

“Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; and those who are with him are strong against Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other. Thou wilt see them bow and prostrate themselves (in prayer), seeking Grace from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. On their faces are their marks, (being) the traces of their prostration..." (al-Fath, 48/29)

Our Lord virtually states something similar in the chapter of al-Maida:

"They are lowly, modest with the believers, mighty and honorable against the rejecters. If you give up belief in and obedience to Allah and His Messenger and practicing the religion and lifestyle shown by them, know it very well that Allah will eliminate you and produce people who arelowly with the believers, mighty against the rejecters, fighting in the way of Allah, and never afraid of the reproaches of such as find fault.  He will love them as they will love Him.”

Thus, having those characteristics, the brave Muslims around the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) were adherent to Allah and His Messenger with the most sincere feelings and they were very merciful to one another, sacrificing their possessions for one another; on the other hand, they were very mighty and honorable against the unbelievers, resisting them firmly. They did not allow anyone to defame the dignity and honor of Islam. Our Lord wanted exactly this from them.  

Salvation for both individuals and the community is possible only through Islam. There is no need to look for treatment anywhere else and in wrong ways. We have already lost a lot of time regarding the issue. The ummah has to use the prescription that it has as soon as possible. There is a need for conscious associations formed by individuals who are adherent and loyal to one another. 

The Islamic world has been wounded in the very important organs like the head and the heart and has been suffering a lot for a long time. We are like a big body in which the connection among the organs has weakened due to lack of reactions or delayed reactions or has almost been lost. For, we present it as if it is a skill or strategic policy to the believers to ask for permission of the enemies outside the body for medical and humanitarian aid.

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