Muslim ethics, however, guide us to build caring communities. A caring community does not leave the labor of care to the few; instead, it shares this labor. It does not hoard resources in times of stress, but goes out of its way to extend them to the collective.
Indeed, Prophet Muhammad (salla allahu alayhi wa aalehi wa sallam) has said, “By Him in whose hand is my soul, a servant (of Allah) does not believe (truly) until he likes for his brother what he likes for himself.”[i] It is clear from this hadith that faith – iman – is entangled with the concern, care, and love for others. As the Quran guides us in Surah al-Ma’idah, ayah 52, “And whoever saves one (life) – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.”
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Author: Shenila Khoja-Moolji (scholar of gender studies at Bowdoin College). Her work examines the interplay of gender, Islam, and power in transnational contexts.