Bangkok: Brotherhood of Islam

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم

إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَ أَخَوَيْكُمْ ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

Believers are but brothers.so make settlement between your two brothers. And fear Allah, so that you may have mercy. (Al-Hujurat verse 10)

حَقُّ الْمُسْلِمِ عَلَى المسلمِ خَمْسٌ: رَدُّ السَّلامِ، وَعِيادَةُ الْمَرِيْضِ، وَاتِّباعُ الْجَنائِزِ، وَإِجابَةُ الدَّعْوَةِ، وَتَشْمِيْتُ الْعاطِسِ

Narrated by Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “The right of a Muslim to another Muslim is five: Answer the greetings, visit the sick, take the body, fulfill the invitation, and pray for the sneeze.” (Narrated by Al-Bukhari 1240 and Muslim No. 2162)

لا تحاسدوا ولا تَناجَشُوا ولا تباغضوا ولا تدابروا ولا يَبِعْ بَعْضُكُمْ عَلَى بَيْعِ بَعْضٍ,وكونوا عباد الله إخواناً. اَلْمُسْلِمُ أَخُو المسلمِ: لا يَظْلِمُهُ ولا يَخْذُلُهُ ولا يَكْذِبُهُ ولا يَحْقِرُهُ. اَلتَّقْوَى هَهُنا – يُشِيْرُ إِلَى صَدْرِهِ ثَلاثَ مَرَّاتٍ- بِحَسْبِ امْرِيءٍ مِنَ الشَّرِّ أَنْ يَحْقِرَ أَخاهُ الْمُسْلِمَ. كُلُّ الْمسلمِ عَلَى المسلمِ حَرامٌ: دَمُهُ وَمالُهُ وعِرْضُهُ

Also narrated by Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Do not be despicable, do not do each other najasy (spy on each other), do not you hate each other, do not turn back to each other, do not some of you buy goods that have been bought by others, and be you as servants of God brothers. A Muslim is a brother to others, so do not make harm of others, do not insult him, do not lie to him, and do not degrade him. The piety was here-he pointed to his chest and he uttered it three times. Suffice a Muslim to be known lack of attitude if he demeaned his fellow Muslims. Every Muslim is forbidden to disrupt the blood, treasure, and other Muslim honor. “(HR Muslim 2564)

The prayer room is very small, almost none of this size in Indonesia. Nevertheless do not ask about the cleanliness; its five star value. Includes a sink for ablution and a tireless air conditioner blowing cool air; it feels to be worshiping in a predominantly Muslim country. Thanks to Bangkok Platinum Mall which provides a place of prayer as good as this.

While my mother prayed at a special female mosque on the second floor, I had to climb to the fifth floor to a special man’s mosque. While the mother prayed with Arabs, I congregated with Malays, Thai, and Burmese (Myanmar people). Ma sha ‘Allah, the ordinance of sholat that the Thai man who led us really according to the example of the prophet. After the prayer I wanted to get acquainted but he left in a hurry; there may be a business. The Malay also disapeared.

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Finished wearing my shoes meet the Burmese who had prayed together. I also met him. Acan, a unique-looking Burmese Muslim; between China and Europe. We talked for a while until we parted in front of the escalator. Realizing that not necessarily will meet again, I also give a business card and hope to communicate with him through the website. “Ti su, Acan. Thank you Acan.”

This is my source of happiness while in Bangkok. There are so many Muslim brothers and sisters I meet. We did not hesitate to exchange greetings in public. Even at Platinum Mall announcements are broadcast through four languages: Thai, English, Mandarin, and Arabic.

There the Thais, Burmese, Pakistanis, Malays, Europeans, Indonesians, or Arabs exchanged greetings and congregational prayers. We seemed to forget the nationality of each. What first comes to mind is the thought that they are brothers in faith from different countries. We all bowed together, humbling ourselves before Allah. He has created us as a different nation; but He gave us guidance to worship Him. He is the only God worthy of being worshiped properly. There is no partner for Him.

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