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Chapter 3: The bond that Allah has set amongst the believers

- باب ما جعل الله بين المؤمنين من الاخاء

84 - عن أبي عبد الله (ع) قال
المؤمنون إخوةٌ بنو أبٍ وأُمّ، فإذا ضرب على رجُل منهم عرقٌ سهر الآخَرون.

84. It has been reported that Abu 'Abd Allah [a.s] said:
Believers are like brothers from one father and mother; when one of them is struck, the others lose sleep.1

85 - وعن أحدهما (ع) أنه قال
المؤمِن أخو المؤمن كالجسَدِ الواحد، إذا سقط منه شئٌ تَداعى سائرُ الجسد.

85. It has been reported that Abu Ja'far or Abu 'Abd Allah [a.s] said:
Believers are brothers of one another, like one physical body from which when one part is lost, the whole body becomes affected.2

86 - وعن أبي عبد الله (ع) أنه قال
المؤمن أخو المؤمن كالجسد الواحد، إذا اشتكى شيئاً منه وُجد ألمُ ذلك في سائر جسده لأنّ أرواحهم مِن روح الله تعالى، وإنّ روح المؤمن لأشدُّ اتصالاً بروح الله من اتصال شعاع الشمسِ بها.

86. It has been reported that Abu 'Abd Allah [a.s] said:
A believer is a brother to (another) believer like one body; when one part of it suffers, the pain is found all over the body; for their souls are from the Spirit of Allah [M.G]. The soul of a believer has a stronger bond to the Spirit of Allah than the bond of Sun rays to the Sun.3

87 - عن جابر عن أبي جعفر (ع)، قال: تنفست بين يديه، ثم قلت: يا بن رسول الله، همٌّ يصيبني من غير مصيبة تصيبني أو أمر ينـزل بي حتى تعرف ذلك أهلي في وجهي ويعرفه صديقي. فقال: نعم يا جابر. قلت: ما ذلك يا بن رسول الله؟ قال: وما تصنع به؟ قلت: احب أن أعلمه. فقال
يا جابرُ، إنّ الله (جلّ جلاله) خلقَ المؤمنين من طينِ الجنانِ وأجرى بهم مِن ريح الجنّة روحَه، فكذلك المؤمنُ أخو المؤمن لأبيه وأمّه، فإذا أصاب روحاً من تلك الأرواح في بلدة من البلدان شئٌ حزنت هذه الأرواح لأنَّها منها.

87. Jabir reported:
I sighed in the presence of Abu Ja'far [a.s] and said, 'Son of Allah's Messenger, sometimes I feel afflicted for no apparent reason or I am overcome with a condition of grief such that my family and friends see it on my face.' 'Indeed, Jabir,' he replied. 'Why is that, O son of Allah's Messenger? I asked. 'What will you do knowing it?' he asked. 'I would love to know,' I replied.

'O Jabir,' he then said, 'Allah [M.G] created the believers from the earth of Paradise and brought about their souls from the breeze of Paradise. Believers are thus full brothers; so, when one soul amongst this group of souls is afflicted in any place, the rest are depressed, for they are one.'4

88 - وعن أبي جعفر (ع) قال
المؤمن أخو المؤمن لأبيه وأمّه لأنّ الله (جلّ جلاله) خلقَ المؤمنين مِن طين الجِنان وأجرى في صوَرِهم من ريحِ الجنان، فلذلك هم إخوة لأبٍ وأُم.

88. It has been reported that Abu Ja'far [a.s] said:
Believers are full brothers. That is because Allah [M.G] created the believers from the earth of Paradise and brought about their forms from the breeze of Paradise. For that reason, they are full brothers.5

89 - وعن أبي عبد الله (ع) قال
الأرواحُ جنودٌ مجنّدة تلتقي فتتشامّ كما تتشام الخيلُ، فما تعارف منها ائتلفَ وما تناكرَ منها اختلفَ. ولو أن مؤمناً جاءَ إلى مسجدٍ فيه أناسٌ كثير ليس فيهم إلاّ مؤمنٌ واحد لمالت روحُه إلى ذلك المؤمنِ حتى يجلسَ إليه.

89. It has been reported that Abu 'Abd Allah [a.s] said:
Souls are grouped in batches; they look out for each other like horses. They feel familiar with those whom they know well and disagree with those whom they disapprove of. If a believer entered a mosque filled with people amongst whom there was but one another believer, his soul would incline towards that believer until he would go and sit besides him.6

90 - وعن أبي عبد الله (ع) قال
لا والله، لا يكونُ المؤمن مؤمناً أبداً حتىّ يكونَ لأخيه مثل الجسدِ إذا ضرب عليه عرقٌ واحد تداعت له سائرُ عروقه.

90. It has been reported that Abu 'Abd Allah [a.s] said:
Nay, by Allah! A believer is not a true believer ever until he acts as the body of his brother; when one vein in it is struck, it evokes the rest of the body.7

91 - وعنه (ع) قال
لكُلّ شئٍ شئٌ يستريحُ إليه، وإنّ المؤمنَ يستريح إلى أخيهِ المؤمنِ كما يستريحُ الطّير ُإلى شَكله.

91. It has been reported that Abu 'Abd Allah [a.s] said:
For everything, there is a thing that gives it comfort; and a believer finds rest in the company of his fellow believer just as a bird finds comfort amongst its own kind.8

92 - وعن أبي عبد الله (ع) قال
المؤمنونَ في تبارّهِم وتراحمِهِم و تعاطُفِهم كمثلِ الجسدِ إذا اشتكى تداعى له سائرُه بالسّهر والحُمّى.

92. It has been reported that Abu 'Abd Allah [a.s] said:
The believers in their reverence, affection and compassion for each other are like one body; when it falls ill, it affects all over with restlessness and fever.”9

  • 1. Al-Majlisi: Bihar al-Anwar 74/264 h.4 and Al-Kulayni: al-Kafi 2/165 h.1.
  • 2. Al-Majlisi: Bihar al-Anwar 74/273 h.15.
  • 3. Al-Majlisi: Bihar al-Anwar 74/268 h.8 and Al-Kulayni: al-Kafi 2/166 h.4 and 2/277 h. 9 as quoted from Shaykh al-Mufid: al-Ikhtisas 26. In al-Majlisi: Bihar al-Anwar 61/148 h.25, it is quoted from al-Kulayni: al-Kafi, al-Ikhtisas and Shaykh al-Saduq: Musadaqat al-Ikhwan 30 h.2.
  • 4. Al-Majlisi: Bihar al-Anwar 74/266 h.6, 74/265 h.5, 67/75 h.11, 74/276 as quoted from Al-Kulayni: al-Kafi 2/166 h.2 and al-Barqi: al-Mahasin 1/133 h.10.
  • 5. Al-Kulayni: al-Kafi 2/166 h.7, Al-Majlisi: Bihar al-Anwar 74/271 h.11, 74/276 h.8 as quoted from al-Barqi: al-Mahasin 1/134 h.12.
  • 6. Al-Majlisi: Bihar al-Anwar 74/273 h.16.
  • 7. Al-Mustadrak 2/93 h. 10 and Al-Majlisi: Bihar al-Anwar 74/274 h.17, 47/233 h.30.
  • 8. Al-Majlisi: Bihar al-Anwar 74/274 h.18.
  • 9. Al-Majlisi: Bihar al-Anwar 74/274 h.19 and al-Mustadrak 2/410.

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