August 12, 2012
What Imām al-Bannā (God have mercy upon him) called Wird ar-Rābiṭa is none but a practical expression of the Pact of Brotherhood between the Believers. I deem ad-Du’ā’ ar-Rābiṭ [that is, Du’ā’ ar-Rābiṭa] necessary to join the Believers in a community. When the feeling of association spreads [among the Believers] through repeated meetings, repeated standing before God in the Ritual Prayer, working together and ad-Du’ā’ ar-Rābiṭ, Companionship and Community(1)(2) meet together in such a way that the community [of the Believers] does not remain a body without a soul and the companionship [of a spiritual guide] does not remain an individual and isolated relationship.
|↑1||TN: Companionship and Community (aṣ-Ṣuḥba wa’l Jamā’a) is the first of the Ten Virtues arranged by Imām Abdessalam Yassine within a context of progress and ascension (moral, spiritual and intellectual.) Companionship and Community means to have a spiritual guide —who is also your temporal guide unlike Sufi orders— who shows you the way towards God through opening to you all the avenues of Jihad without exception. The inward Jihad of the self in the company of your brothers and sisters in faith comes in the first place; then follow the Jihad in all spheres of life, not in the sense of military war exclusively but rather in the sense of acquiring all the means (scientific, economic, industrial, technological, moral and spiritual) susceptible to qualify our umma to transmit the message of mercy to mankind in peaceful ways. Thus, Companionship and Community are two sides of the same coin.|
|↑2||In other words, a Believer cannot attain spiritual excellence in its most perfect form, that of the Prophet (God bless him and give him peace), without being engaged in a communitarian project similar to that in which the Companions (God be pleased with them) were involved.|