لاتَصْرِمْأخاكَ علَى ارْتياب، ولاتَهْجُرهُ بَعدَ اسْتِعتاب۔

Do not sever ties with your brother because of some doubt that you have, and do not abandon him after he has sought [your] pardon.



Do not sever ties with your brother because of some doubt that you have,...

— 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 worlds. 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 unity within the Muslim community. Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) advises us not to sever ties with our fellow Muslims based on mere doubts or suspicions, and not to abandon them even after they have sought our forgiveness.

Let us delve into the deeper meaning of this profound Hadith by examining the key words and concepts it contains. The word (sarm) "صرم" refers to severing or cutting off ties, while (irtiyab) "ارتياب" denotes doubt or uncertainty. The word (hijr) "هجر" means to abandon or forsake, and (istitab) "استعتاب" refers to seeking pardon or forgiveness.

To further understand the significance of this Hadith, we can turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) repeatedly emphasizes the importance of maintaining strong bonds of brotherhood and unity among Muslims. In Surah Al-Hujurat (49:10), Allah says,

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

This verse highlights the importance of fostering harmonious relationships and resolving conflicts within the Muslim community.

Furthermore, in Surah Al-Hujurat (49:11), Allah warns against harboring suspicions and doubts about one another, saying,

O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames.

This verse reminds us to refrain from judging others based on our own assumptions or prejudices.

Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) advice to not sever ties with our brothers and sisters due to doubts or suspicions aligns perfectly with the teachings of the Quran. It serves as a reminder to Muslims to be cautious in our judgments and to give others the benefit of the doubt. We should not let our own uncertainties or misunderstandings lead us to sever the bonds of brotherhood that unite us as an ummah.

Moreover, Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) advises us not to abandon our fellow Muslims even after they have sought our forgiveness. This highlights the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation within the Muslim community. In Surah Al-Imran (3:134), Allah says,

Who spend [in the cause of Allah] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people - and Allah loves the doers of good.

This verse emphasizes the virtues of forgiveness and the importance of controlling our anger.

Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) guidance encourages us to be forgiving and compassionate towards our fellow Muslims, even when they have wronged us. It reminds us that seeking forgiveness and reconciliation is a fundamental aspect of our faith. By forgiving others and maintaining strong bonds of brotherhood, we contribute to the unity and strength of the Muslim community.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) serves as a powerful reminder for Muslims to uphold the principles of brotherhood, unity, and forgiveness within our community. It urges us to refrain from severing ties based on doubts or suspicions and to forgive and reconcile with our fellow Muslims. By following this guidance, we can foster a sense of unity, love, and compassion within the ummah, and strengthen our collective bond as believers. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) guide us to embody these teachings and grant us the ability to maintain strong and harmonious relationships with our fellow Muslims.

. : . (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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