Friendship and Enmity - Ramadan Reflections 25/30 - 1436/2015

Translated by Shaykh Saleem Bhimji and edited by Arifa Hudda, this work looks at 30 topics through the supplications taught by Prophet Muhammad, prayers of God be upon him and his family, to be recited in the Blessed Month of Ramadan. 
In this installment, the topic of "Friendship and Enmity" is elucidated upon .

Oh Allah on this day, make me among those who love your friends and have enmity for your enemies, and following the way of your last Prophet. Oh the guardian of the hearts of the Prophets.

Au'doo billahi min al-shaytan al-rajim. Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Rahim. Assalamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi Wa barakatuh. We have now reached a day twenty five of the blessed month of Ramadan. And today, our topic from Ramadan, reflections on friendship and enmity. Now, right off the bat, people may think, well, what kind of a religion is this that practices love and hate, friendship and enmity? But if we look around us at the world of existence, we see that Allah has put these two factors in everything that we that we see.

Look at the plants that we have on this earth. They take in carbon dioxide a poison and they give out oxygen. So they are attracting and repelling. They have a positive and a negative. They have a love and a hate, we can say, and everything in the world. You look at a battery, there's a positive and a negative. You see everything in the world, and there is there are always these two polar extremes and these are not working against one another, but rather they are working with one another to create something better in the world.

As believers, we also have the same two characteristics, or we need to have the same two characteristics of friendship and enmity, of love and hate, divinely approved love and also divinely sanctioned hate. When we look at the Qur'an, we see the following verse from chapter number forty eight, verse number forty eight, and it states the following in a small portion of it, that there are a group of people who are harsh against the belligerent disbelievers and are merciful among themselves. This verse tells us that the beginning portion mentions that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah and those that are with him are harsh against those who are belligerent and and are openly violent against Islam, but they are merciful among themselves.

So the Qur'an itself, our guide book, tells us to have a love hate relationship we don't blindly hate. We hate those who are trying to attack us, who are trying to oppress us, who are trying to oppress humanity on a whole, who are trying to oppress the weak and downtrodden of any religion in any society. And conversely, we have Rahma. We have love, compassion, mercy for those who are with us. This is a religious perspective and a religious obligation that we have to our creator and to our religion.

We end with a very beautiful hadith from the prophet of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad, may God's peace and blessings be upon him in which he gives us the following guidance about love and hate. And we read the following: "none of you have truly believed until you love me more than you love yourself. And none of you have truly believed until you love my family more than you love your own family. And none of you have truly believed until you love my people more than you love your own people. And finally, the Prophet says, and none of you have truly believed, until you love me more than you love yourself.

In this blessed month, Ramadan, as we count down the hours and the days to the day of Eid, let us be of those who have sincere love for Muhammad and the family of Muhammad and the followers, the true followers of Muhammad, and let us do our best to distance ourselves from the haters of Islam, the haters of the Prophet Muhammad, the haters of his family, and the haters of those who truly followed in the footsteps of Muhammad and the family of Muhammad. Wa assalamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi Wa barakatuh.

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