In the name of Allah, the Lord and Giver of Mercy.
Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu!
Like Imam Al-Ghazali (RahimAllah) began his book, Bidayatul Hidaya. I would like to begin with the same ayah.
قُلْ إِنَّ هُدَى اللَّـهِ هُوَ الْهُدَىٰ
“Say: Indeed the only guidance is Allah’s Guidance!” (Qur’an 6:71)
Also, I would like to begin with the same hadith every Sahih Bukhari student is taught first. A truly humbling reminder.
إِنَّمَا الأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ
“The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions [and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended].” (Sahih Bukhari, Narrated by Umar Al-Khattab [R])
One of my wise teachers told me, “Advice is when one is of higher knowledge and understanding of a certain study. In life, none of us are of higher knowledge and understanding. So, rather than advising people, we remind one another — because we are all bound to make a mistake.”
In addition, Allah (Azza Wa Jal) says in the Qur’an,
وَذَكِّرْ فَإِنَّ الذِّكْرَىٰ تَنفَعُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
“And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the believers (51:55).”
‘Your Muslim Bro’ is intended to be deeper than a website — it is a movement. Like many Muslim movements, its intention is to revive a forgotten sunnah (Prophetic Tradition) of the Prophet (S) — the sunnah of empathy. As human beings, we need to fully realize our fallibility and rather than exposing/lecturing one another; we need to follow the prophetic tradition of naseeha, meaning “sincere advice”.
‘Your Muslim Bro’ was founded with the intention to provide beneficial, sincere and transformative reminders to young brothers and sisters in the United States of America. I pray that the articles shared whether they are written by me or by guest authors — I pray they connect to your heart and inspire you to be a shining example of Islam in this society. And I pray that we live by what we say. Ameen.
We want to be a very accessible, very beneficial outlet for young Muslim brothers and sisters. Please pray that over time, we accomplish this goal and assist people for the better.
And solely in Allah do we seek assistance. And solely do we seek the acceptance of the One who provides and sustains, Allah, Glorious is He. Ameen.
خلف الله عثمان
Founder and Author