We often dream about a perfectly unified Ummah, since it seems a bit farfetched right now, we can take steps toward unifying our Ummah. One simple hadith, can contribute significantly to the unification of our Ummah because it protects our relationships from enmity, which strengths our community, which ultimately will lead to unification. This hadith offers simple advice which has strong effects.
- “Once, a person was verbally abusing Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) while the Prophet (peace be upon him) was curiously watching with a smile. After taking much abuse quietly, Abu Bakr responded to a few of his comments. At this, the Prophet exhibited his disapproval, got up and left. Abu Bakr caught up with the Prophet and wondered, ‘O Messenger of Allah, he was abusing me and you remained sitting. When I responded to him, you disapproved and got up.’ The Messenger of Allah responded,
- ‘There was an angel with you responding to him. When you responded to him, Shaytan took his place.’ He then said:
- ‘O Abu Bakr, there are three solid truths: If a person is wronged and he forbears it (without seeking revenge) just for the sake of Allah almighty, Allah will honor him and give him the upper hand with His help; if a person opens a door of giving gifts for cementing relationships with relatives, Allah will give him abundance; and, if a person opens a door of seeking charity for himself to increase his wealth, Allah will further reduce his wealth.’” (Musnad Ahmad).