WE MUST BE AMONGST THE PEOPLE

STAYING WITH THE PEOPLE

MIXING WITH PEOPLE

Sometimes we feel like packing up and moving to the mountains, away from the general body of the Muslims (Jama’ah) but know that there is a great reward in dealing with the masses and providing them with services to benefit the general community.

Once when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was asked, “What is Eemaan (belief/faith) ?”

He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) replied:

“الإيمان الصبر و السماحة“

“Eemaan (faith) is patience and tolerance.”

(Al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, no. 554, 2/87)

A similar hadeeth was narrated on the authority of Jaabir bin Abdullah (رضي الله عنه) in which he asked the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم): “Oh, Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم), which is the best (aspect) of Faith (Eemaan)?”

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) replied:

“أفضل الإيمان الصبر و السماحة”

“The Best (aspect) of Eemaan (faith) is patience and tolerance.”

(Al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, no. 1495, 3/482; Ibn Abi Shaibah in “Al-Eemaan” pg. 43)

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