By Hana Alasry
“The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5665, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2586
No matter how many times we may hear this hadith, the context remains relevant. We know that it alludes to the tremendous trials that will face Muslims across time and space, trials that will make Muslims call out for the help of Allah. But, I’d like to offer another perspective to this hadith. While we may see the sleeplessness and fever as a helpless reaction to the affliction Muslims face, I’d like to offer a paradigm shift where our sleeplessness and fever is not one of helplessness, but of buckling down and getting to work. We are sleepless because sleep is less important than mobilizing to uplift our brothers and sisters. We feel fever because we feel a burning passion for justice and for our hands to be the first that give time, money and prayer.
This hadith offers a subtle reminder: We cannot become desensitized. When we see the pictures of starving children or hear stories recounted of bombs dropping on houses, we are sickened by the tragedy. The stories of evil in this world are our poison. We tire and we flush and we recognize our privilege in being able to tuck the tragedy of the world under the rug. But we do not desensitize. For every poison, there is an antidote.
So what do we do when so many parts of the ummah are struck by tragedy? Does our body ache in so many places that we fall to our knees and refuse to crawl? No. We seek the opportunity to aid, to service, to pray and to initiate change knowing good and well that whatever impact comes from our intentions and actions are from Allah (swt). But what we don’t do is turn our head in the other direction when Allah presents to us an opportunity to do good in this world.
Here is the opportunity: This year through MAS, Hearts4Humanity is raising awareness and funds for one of the greatest humanitarian crises facing our world today: the crisis in Yemen. And we don’t need to see pictures of young children reduced to skin and bone due to starvation or watch a house explode in furious fire and crumble to ashes. We don’t need statistics reminding us that 80% of the Yemeni population needs humanitarian aid or that hundreds of thousands are displaced to understand that as Muslim Americans, we need to do something. We just need to be God-conscious humans.
So do it. MAS chapters across the nation are hosting events and services to bring awareness to the issue. A large scale fundraising campaign is being held right now so you can assist financially right from your phone. Renew your intention. Follow the MAS National Page, and donate at the Heart4Humanity: Detroit LaunchGood page. Plug reminders in your phone calendar. Tell your friends to donate. And, just like the rest of us, get ready to feel the fever.
The Prophet (SAW) sent Mu`adh to Yemen and said, “Be afraid, from the curse of the oppressed as there is no screen between his invocation and Allah.” [Sahih Bukhari]
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