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Indifference to the Affairs of Muslims

Being indifferent to the affairs of Muslims is a moral vice caused by lethargy, spiritual weakness, or miserliness. This vice is condemned in numerous traditions, an example of which is the following wellknown statement of the Prophet (S):

He who wakes up without any concern for the affairs of Muslims, is not a Muslim; and he who hears the cry, O Muslims!' without responding is not a Muslim.

On the contrary, to meet the needs of the Muslims and to solve their problems is considered as one of the noblest forms of worship. The Prophet is reported to have said:

An hour covered on foot, at night or during day, in the effort to help one's brother meet his need, is better than two months of itikaf (spiritual retirement), regardless of whether or not one succeeds in one's effort.

Adapted from: "Jami' al-Sa'adat" by: "Muhammad Mahdi al-Naraqi"

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