“The companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) had lofty aims for this world and the next and would therefore clear their hearts from such ill-feelings towards their brothers and sisters.”
Abu Hurairah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the greatest falsehood. Do not try to find fault with one another, do not spy on one another, do not vie with one another, do not envy one another, do not be angry with one another, do not turn away from one another, and be servants of Allaah, brothers to one another, as you have been enjoined…” 1
These were the simple instructions that produced the greatest generation ever to set foot on this planet. It was a generation of fallible humans with wide-ranging characters and personalities, strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. They differed with one another even falling into disputes and argumentation, yet remained brothers one to another raised upon these principles laid out by the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him).
Even with the existence of hypocrites amongst their ranks, these principles where established to produce a united, victorious body in the face of formidable enemies. For these evils such as suspicion, fault-finding, envy, abandonment etc are evils that destroy a community with harms greater than any enemy could inflict.
Especially through these testing times, with such intense focus and pressure on our communities and individuals, combined with themodern-day need to ‘look after number one’, these prophetic orders are vital for our survival. We are ordered to be one united body, not falling into suspicion, spying, envy, desertion and other such actions that sow the seeds of enmity and hatred within our ranks.
The companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) had lofty aims for this world and the next and would therefore clear their hearts from such ill-feelings towards their brothers and sisters. It was for this very reason that the Ansari (May Allaah be pleased with him) was given glad tidings of being from the people of Paradise for the quality of going to sleep each night with no place in his heart for ill-intentions or envy.
Let us live up to these noble manners and enjoy the bliss of the People of Paradise to whom it will be said:
“Enter therein (Paradise), in peace and security.’ And We shall remove whatever is in their breasts of resentment, (so they will be) brothers, on thrones facing each other.” 2