Re-interpreting the Islamic Brotherhood

Islam presupposes faith as the highest bond among Muslims. Faith is the creed of Islam is used as a binder of other ties, which also determine the attitude, perspective and life of a Muslim. One of the bonds that is bound by Islamic creed is ukhuwah Islamiyah; the fraternal bond of fellow Muslims. The form of the embodiment of ukhuwah islamiyah is not merely speech acknowledgment, but also in attitude and action of life.

The Messenger of Allah (saws) described the Muslims as a unity, he said, “Surely the believers are like a building that reinforces one another.” (Narrated by Bukhari, Muslim, An-Nasai, at-Tirmidhi and Ahmad).

Shariah Islamiyah should be prioritized above the brotherhood because of other ties, including the bond of nationalism that has sealed the brotherhood of the faithful. Muslims around the world should feel like one body so that Muslims will be crippled and even defective if they let suffering or abandon other Muslims.

If we look at the facts, some of our brothers in other Muslim lands are suffering, such as in Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Yemen and parts of Africa. Also miss the suffering of our brother in Rohingya Myanmar. The genocide that wiped out the lives of Muslims is becoming more and more visible and sadly there is no visible state or any international institution capable of stopping it since it has been since 1948! No Rohingya Muslims feel secure, hundreds of thousands of them are driven from their homes and homes without shelter. They are swayed in the loose seas and scattered across the forest with no food, clothing and medicine. If they try to return to their village, they are threatened to be destroyed. Seeing this happen in plain sight, will we allow it? Is this the image of Muslims as a whole?

It is time we re-interpret and show the actualization ukhuwah Islamiyah which has long faded in the Muslims. We should be able to show our unwillingness, sympathy and solidarity for what befell our fellow believers and help them as best we can. Allah Almighty says: “If they ask for your help in this religious affairs then you are obliged to give help.” (TQS al-Anfal: 72). Messenger of Allah. also firmly says: “Any one of you who witnesses munkar should change that munk with his (power) hand, if not able, by his oral, if not able, with his heart and such is the weakness of faith.” (Bukhari).


The least we can do is include them in the prayers we pray, raise aid, and perform solidaras actions to urge the Muslim rulers to use their power and power to defend our brother. Of course the defense and rescue of persecuted Muslims in the country will be very effective by using the power and power of the state. The reason, which persecutes, oppresses and exterminates the brother also uses the power and power of a country.

Such a defense is exemplified by the Prophet, as did the Caliph Al-Mu’tashim Billah as he fulfilled the request of a Muslim woman who was persecuted by Roman troops in Amuria. Khalifah Al-Mu’tashim Billah deployed tens of thousands of troops whose ends had arrived in Amuria, while his tail was still in Baghdad.

Unfortunately, after the fall of the Ottoman Caliphate in 1924, no Muslim ruler dared to act like the Prophet. and the Caliphs after him in preserving the welfare and honor of the Muslims. No Muslim ruler has been hastened in rescuing Muslims like the Khalifah Al-Mu’tashim Billah, but the one who asks for his help is only a Muslim. Though now asking for help up to hundreds of thousands of Muslims, Muslim rulers remain silent, not daring to send troops to save their Muslim brothers.

So, while continuing to re-establish the ruler who assumes traits such as the Messenger of Saw, we must continue to struggle in defending and helping our Muslim brothers, in Rohingya, Palestine, and other lands. This is the form of re-interpretation ukhuwah Islamiyah among Muslims. To put an end to this brief opinion, let us read a hadith on how to preserve the blood of a Muslim in Islam as an afterthought for all of us.

The destruction of the world is lighter in Allah’s sight than the killing of a Muslim. (Narrated by An-Nasa’i and At-Tirmidhi)

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