Islam

What are the Rights of Muslims

Fellow Muslims’ Rights

One may have this impression that the only duty of man is to take care of himself, his wife, his children and his relatives and that he has no responsibility towards other people. That is not so, although one’s duties towards himself, his wife, and children are heavier and more serious than towards others.

The Holy Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever hears a man calling ‘O Muslims (asking for help)’ and does not respond to him is not considered as a Muslim.”

No human being can ignore his fellow human beings or be indifferent to them. Imam Sadiq (AS) has reported the Messenger of Allah (SAW) as saying: “Whoever spends a day without doing anything for the fellow Muslims is not considered as a Muslim.”

Imam Sajjad (AS) has been reported as saying to az-Zuhri: “It is incumbent on you to consider another fellow Muslims as members of your family. Take the elder one as your father and the younger one as your son and those of your age as brothers. In that case, which one of them would you like to harm?”

Speaking about the good opinion of them, Imam Sajjad further says: “When you see someone older than you, say to yourself: ‘he has preceded me in faith and good deeds. Therefore, he is better than I am.’ If he is younger than you are, say to yourself: ‘I have preceded him in sins.

Therefore, he is better than I am.’ If he is of your age, say to yourself: ‘my sins are certain, but I doubt whether he has committed sins or not. Therefore, I have no right to change my certainty into doubt.’ If you see Muslims bow to you and honor you, say to yourself: ‘this is a favor from them, that is, they are good and not me.’ If they ignore you, say to yourself: ‘this is the result of the sin I have committed.’

Then, if you adopt such a policy, God will make life easy for you; you will have a lot of friends, your enemies will be few, you will be happy with their benevolence, and you will not become sad for their wrongdoings.”

Imam Ali (AS) has been reported as saying: “There are thirty rights that every Muslim has to observe towards his Muslim brother. These rights cannot be quitted unless by compensation or being pardoned. These rights are the following:

  • To overlook his mistakes (Muslims towards each other)
  • To have pity on him when he is distressed
  • To overlook his mistakes (Muslims towards each other)
  • To have pity on him when he is distressed
  • To cover his faults
  • To forgive his lapses
  • To accept his excuses
  • To reject his backbiting (by others)
  • To accept his gift
  • To reciprocate his visit
  • To thank him for any favor
  • To grant his requests
  • To intervene for him
  • To observe his duties
  • To accept his invitation
  • To attend his funeral
  • To help him
  • To safeguard his wife

To talk kindly to him

  • To appreciate his favors
  • To accept his witnesses
  • To safeguard his wife
  • To grant his requests
  • To intervene for him
  • To safeguard his wife
  • To grant his requests
  • To intervene for him
  • To avoid humiliating him
  • Not to betray him
  • To appreciate his favors
  • To make friends with his friends and avoid bearing enmity against them.
  • To wish for him what he wishes for himself and hate for him what he hates for himself

.• To help him, to prevent him from oppressing, and support him when he is oppressed.

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