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Love For Your Brother What You Love for Yourself 

Imām Ibn Rajab

The correct etiquette of the believer in advising his brother away from acts of disobedience.

Narrated by Abū Ḥamzah Anas ibn Mālik (may Allāh be pleased with him), the servant of the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ), that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: ‘None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.’ Narrated by al-Bukhārī and Muslim.1

Imām Ibn Rajab [d. 795 AH] explains:

All believers should love for their believing brothers what they love for themselves, and hate for them whatever they hate for themselves. Thus, if anyone should observe a deficiency in the dīn of his believing brother, then he should strive to correct him. Some of the pious predecessors used to say: ‘The people who truly love for Allāh observe others with the light [guidance] of Allāh, they show compassion upon the one who engages in disobedient actions, they detest their actions while showing mercy to them such that they can exhort them; turning them away from their actions [of disobedience]. They are empathetic towards the believers, seeking that their bodies should never touch the Fire.’

Endnotes: 

1. Authentic: Narrated by al-Bukhārī:13 and Muslim:45.

Source: Jāmiʿ al-ʿUlūm: 332
Translated by: Riyāḍ al-Kanadī

Published: April 14, 2023
Edited: April 14, 2023

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