إذا وَثِقْتَ بِمَودَّةِ أخيكَ فَلا تُبالِ مَتى لَقيتَهُ ولَقِيَكَ۔

If you are certain of the affection of your brother then don’t be concerned [about what transpires] when you meet him or he meets you.



If you are certain of the affection of your brother then don’t be...

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: The Brother, The Friend, The Associate And The Companion)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

The provided Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) emphasizes the importance of maintaining strong bonds of brotherhood and not being affected by any negative experiences that may occur when meeting one's brother. Let us delve into the deeper meaning of this Hadith in light of the Quran.

The key word in this Hadith is (affection) "مَودَّةِ". This word signifies a deep and sincere love, care, and goodwill towards one's brother. It is a bond that is built on mutual respect, trust, and compassion. Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) advises us that when we are certain of this affection, we should not be concerned about any negative encounters that may arise when we meet our brother or when our brother meets us.

To understand the significance of this advice, we can turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah Al-Hujurat (49:10):

The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.

This verse highlights the importance of unity and reconciliation among the believers. It reminds us that as Muslims, we are part of a larger brotherhood and should strive to resolve any conflicts or misunderstandings that may arise.

Furthermore, in Surah Al-Isra (17:80), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says:

And say: My Lord, cause me to enter a sound entrance and to exit a sound exit and grant me from Yourself a supporting authority.

This verse teaches us to seek Allah's help and guidance in all our interactions and relationships. When we have a strong bond of affection with our brother, we can trust in Allah's support and guidance to navigate any challenges that may arise.

Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) advice in this Hadith is a reflection of his profound knowledge and wisdom. He understood that maintaining strong bonds of brotherhood is essential for the unity and strength of the Muslim community. By not being concerned about negative encounters, Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) encourages us to focus on the positive aspects of our relationship and to prioritize forgiveness, understanding, and compassion.

For example, if we have a disagreement or argument with our brother, instead of holding grudges or harboring negative feelings, we should strive to resolve the issue with kindness and empathy. We should remember the affection we have for our brother and the importance of maintaining a strong bond of brotherhood. This approach not only strengthens our relationship but also promotes unity and harmony within the Muslim community.

Moreover, Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) advice in this Hadith has profound consequences for our personal growth and spiritual development. When we let go of negative experiences and focus on the affection we have for our brother, we cultivate a mindset of forgiveness and positivity. This mindset allows us to grow as individuals and to become better Muslims.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) reminds us of the importance of maintaining strong bonds of brotherhood and not being affected by any negative encounters. It encourages us to prioritize affection, forgiveness, and understanding in our relationships with our fellow Muslims. By following this advice, we can contribute to the unity and strength of the Muslim community and grow spiritually as individuals. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the ability to embody the teachings of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) and strengthen our bonds of brotherhood.

. : . (Readers are advised to verify the sources mentioned above, and to independently research for an accurate understanding of Hadith. Remember, personal research and seeking guidance from scholars are essential in gaining a better insight. Please, do contact us if you find any wrong citations or explanations.)

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