Tremendous Reward For Those Who Love One Another For The Sake of Allaah and Avoid Sins-Both Statements and Deeds- That Will Bring About Splitting
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Anas Bin Maalik [radiyallaahu-anhu] said that the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: ‘’There are not two people who love each other for the sake of Allaah, and then they split from each other, except that it is due to a sin of one of them. [Ref A]
Few Reminders From the Above Hadeeth
This Hadeeth shows that to have love for one another and the religious and worldly benefits it contains is [something] legislated in the Sharee’ah. As for the religious benefits of this love, [it brings about] co-operation upon righteous and piety. As for its worldly benefits, it is related to [the attainment of those] necessities of life that are sought after.
Those who love one another become attached to each other [and] they remain upon that until one of them commits a sin that leads to the destruction of this legislated love- the love that was established for the sake of Allaah and for the sake of Islamic brotherhood. Therefore, it is a good thing for the person [i.e. the one at fault] to abandon the sin he committed, which was the cause of separation between them [i.e. between him and other Muslims], so that brotherhood for the sake of Allaah is restored as it was before, and so that both the religious and worldly benefits of that brotherly love can continue. The basis of the sin committed by one of them might have occurred without any external influence [i.e. it was solely the person’s fault], or it might have occurred due to tale-bearing and instigated by some of the devils amongst mankind- those who hasten to caused corruption in the earth.
Loving one another for the sake of Allaah [The Mighty and Majestic] carries reward that has been mentioned in the Sharee’ah texts. Abu Hurairah [radiyallaahu-anhu] reported that the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: ‘’Allaah will give shade to seven, on the day when there will be no shade but His’’…and amongst those people are ‘’Two people who love each other only for the sake of Allaah and they meet and part in Allaah’s cause only.’’ [Ref B]
Anas [radiyallaahu-anhu] reported that the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: Whoever possesses the following three qualities will have the (delight) of faith: The one whom Allaah and His Messenger become dearer to him than anything else; the one who loves a person and he loves him only for the sake of Allaah, and the one who hates to revert to disbelief as he hates to be thrown into the fire. [Ref C]
Therefore, O Muslim! After you have understood this, then take a severe warning regarding the causes – both statements and deeds- that will ruin the love that has been legislated for the Muslims to have for one another – both males and females. Hasten towards the virtue of brotherhood and love for one another for the sake of Allaah due to its great and numerous rewards. Abu Hurairah [radiyallaahu-anhu] reported that the Messenger of Allaah [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: Allaah will say on the Day of Judgement: ”Where are those who love each other for the sake of My Glory? Today, I will shelter them in my shade on a day when there is no shade but mine. [Ref D]
[Source: Awnul Ahadis Samad Sharhu Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 1/445-446’ by Shaikh Zaid Bin Haadi (rahimahullaah). Abridged and slightly paraphrased]
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[Ref A]: Reported by Imaam al-Bukhaari (rahimahullaah) in Al-Adabul Mufrad (401) and authenticated by Imaam Albaani (rahimahullaah) in As-Saheehah (637)]
[Ref B: Bukhaari 660]
[Ref C: Bukhaari Number 16]
[Ref D: Muslim 2566]