Can a Muslim call a non-Muslim ‘Brother’?

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Yes, it would be permissible to refer to or respond to a non-Muslim as a ‘brother’ referring to the common brotherhood of humanity.

According to some scholars, it would also be permissible to greet a non-Muslim with ‘Assalam ‘alaykum’ and respond to their greeting with ‘Wa’alaykum assalam’. The permission is more desirable if one hopes for their Islam. And Allah knows best.

[Sharh Sahih Muslim]

Warmest salams,
[Shaykh] Jamir Meah

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Charity, the healer of hearts and the joy of both worlds

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It is said in the Qur’an:

And spend out of what We have given you before death comes to any of you, so that he should say: My Lord! why did You not respite me to a near term, so that I should have given alms and been among the doers of good deeds? (Munafiqun, 63/10).

Inspired by this verse, Hadrat Mawlana (Alaihi Rahma) said:

• “Unfortunate souls are like dwellers in a house full of smoke. Give ear to their cries and respond by opening a window for ventilation. That will refine your soul!”

• “What have you got? What have you treasured up? What kind of pearl did you draw from the bottom of the sea? All this will be clear on the day of your death.”

• “Visiting friends without a present is like going to the mill without wheat.”

“One should pay back what one owes before death takes it by force.”

The following couplet by Necip Fazil puts this point elo- quently:

O stingy jeweler, get another purse!

Save up a currency valid in the grave…

Wise advice is fundamental to the revival of hearts. Those who appreciate the treasures of wisdom become wise themselves. Those who follow wisdom rightly will surely perfect faith.

May our Lord give us the opportunity to live in an atmosphere of wisdom and to perceive the mysteries of reality. May He help us to comprehend the meaning of the Qur’an, of the universe, and of being human.

Amin…

  • Excerpt from the book, “Such a mercy he is”

Sound Judgement

History attests to the fact that the Pharaoh, Nimrod, Attila, Alexander, Hulagu and their equals became enemies of all humanity with what they did. In contrast, Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi (Alaihi Rehma) and similar friends of God who were kneaded with the effusion of revelation, attained ‘sound judgement’ and reached the source of friendship and love, became a channel of peace and mercy for humanity throughout their lives and even after their death. And they will each remain a friend of all humanity for all eternity.

Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi (Alaihi Rehma) truly continues to live in hearts even seven centuries later. It is well known that Rumi’s Mathnawi is one of the most read works concerning the human spirit in the United States and Europe, in addition to the seminal works of other Sufis. Moreover, UNESCO’s announcing 2007 to be the year of Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi (Alaihi Rehma) in honour of his 800th birthday is another noteworthy development in this regard.

As Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi lends weight to the criteria and principles of the Qur’an and Sunna, which elevate the human being as the honour of creation, he has been acclaimed in Western humanist circles.

That is to say, the letter of guidance, which that great friend of Allah wrote with sincerity centuries ago, resounds and inspires ardour throughout the world today. Holding up a mirror to the person’s inner world, the Mathnawi assists them in coming to know themselves and finding a solution to their troubles. It enables spirits weighed down by a materialist mindset to attain peace and repose and is a means to their guidance to the path of truth, for even if a person reaches the summit of material prosperity and owns the entire worldly realm, they would not be able to fill the void which lack of wisdom causes in their soul, with anything else.

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Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi indicates the truth that leads the human being to true happiness:

“(Know that) the wisdom which is born of (human) nature and phantasy (is) the wisdom which lacks the overflowing grace of the Light of Allah, the All-Glorious One. Your worldly philosophy only increases supposition and doubt; only the wisdom of the Religion elevates the human being above the skies.

The ingenious rascals of (this) latter time have aggrandised themselves over the ancients;

The (apt) learners of cunning have burnt (consumed) their hearts (in study) and have learned feints and tricks;

They have thrown to the winds patience and altruism and self-sacrifice and generosity – (qualities) which are the elixir of (spiritual) profit.”

 

-Excerpt from “The Islamıc Approach to Reason and Philosophy”