Story No. 398 – Brotherhood in Islam (Brotherhood: an Essential Relationship in Islam)
Mufaddal was one of the most remarkable companions of Imam Jafar Sadiq (AS). One day, as he was passing through the market of Kufa, in Iraq, he saw two followers of Imam Jafar Sadiq (AS) quarrelling with each other. Mufaddal came closer and asked them why they were quarrelling. It seemed that the quarrel was over some kind of inheritance and one of them was claiming a sum of four hundred dirhams from the other.
When Mufaddal heard this story, he took both of them to his house. There he gave the money to the claimant, made them friends again and pleaded with them to live in peace.
When they were leaving, Mufaddal told them, “Verily this money is not from me but from my master Imam Jafar Sadiq (AS) who has permitted me to use it for maintaining peace amongst the believers in Muslim Society.”
When two believers are quarrelling, Islam teaches us to make peace between them and not to add wood to the fire. Whoever encourages a fight or quarrel is not a believer, but a devil in the form of a human being.
“Indeed the faithful are brothers (to each other). Therefore make peace between your brothers and be wary of Allah (SWT), so that you may receive His mercy.” (Noble Qur’an, 49:10)
I advise you, and all my children, my relatives, and whosoever receives this message, to be conscious of Allah (SWT), to remove your differences, and to strengthen your ties. I heard your grandfather, peace be upon him, say: “Reconciliation of your differences is more worthy than all prayers and all fasting.” [The Last Will of Imam Ali (AS)]
Holy Prophet Muhammad (saww) has said, “To look at a brother lovingly for the pleasure of Allah (SWT) is a worship”.