The Ethics of Engaging The Community

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. said which means: The believer who mixes with the people and endures their annoyances, is better than the one who does not mix with them and does not endure their annoyances. (Hadith reported by At-Tirmizi). This hadith is a prophetic guidance for a person in living as a member of a community. It was a choice made by Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. as well as his companions. When Rasulullah s.a.w. moved to the city of Madinah, he chose to live in the heart of the community, and be part of the community instead of isolating himself. Our beloved Messenger s.a.w. interacted with those around him; he listened to their complaints, and he engaged them. And the khulafa’ Ar-Rasyidun followed his footsteps. They ensured that besides themselves, their subordinates also take the same approach of engaging the people, and to be updated of the issues that the community are facing. By interacting and engaging the general public, a Muslim is able to extend his kindness where needed, to carry out good deeds for the sake of a greater good, as well as giving advice to one another.

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