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Shoulder to Shoulder

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Straighten your rows for I see you from behind my back.” Anas (radi Allahu anhu) said: “Each of us would adjoin his shoulder with that of his companion (the person standing next to him) and his foot with the foot of his companion.” [Bukhari]


A non-Muslim woman moved to a Muslim country for business purposes. As she stayed among the Muslims and saw their lifestyle she was impressed and wanted to learn more about Islam.

As a result, she started borrowing books from the local library on Islam. A Muslim lady in the library would often ask her if she had become convinced enough to become a Muslim. She would reply that the time hadn’t come yet.

One day after she got some books from the library and was walking back home, the Iqamah was called in a Masjid across the street. She observed that a person who had been sweeping the floor left his work and stood on the line to pray and right beside him stood a rich man who came to the Masjid driving a very expensive car.

At that moment she decided to become a Muslim, as it left a deep impression on her to see that in Islam there is no difference between the rich and the poor when they stand before Allah.

“O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has Taqwa (piety). Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.” [Quran: Surah Al-Hujuraat, Ayat 13]

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