It is true that common belief causes brotherhood among believers, but what element causes to last the brotherhood? As you know it is difficult to obtain something but it is harder to keep it. There is a similar situation in this regard. Because it is hard to find a real brother that is like your hands, wings, relatives or property and you can trust him/her totally. Because as Imam Ali (the first Imam of Muslims) said such friends are rare.(Mustadrak al-Wasa’il, v.2, p.61) And it is harder to keep such brothers, because it needs to a permanent correct behavior from you in your lifetime.
Imam Ali (Peace Be Upon Him) expressed the element of Survival of Friendship in one In a sentence. He said: “Brotherhood lasts by being fair.” (Ibid, p.308) And only just people are able to do that. Just people are those who are healthy conscience and they do not need force to have fairness. And this is a feature of great men. When Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him and His Progeny) reached the age of seven he asked his wet-nurse Halimah: “O Mother! Where are my brothers?” She said: “They have taken the sheep that God has blessed us with to the fields.” He said: “O’ Mother! You have not been fair with us.” His mother asked: “Why?” He said: “Is it fair for me to sit in the shade of the tent and drink milk, while my brothers are out there in the heat of the desert?” (Al-Hadith, v.1, p.285)
So, if we like to keep real brothers and good friends we must be fair. Of course, it is another story to know what the meaning of fair is.
Let me ask a question explicitly. My word is with the believers. Have you ever thought that who is your real God? Do not be surprised. I explain. True believers are those who have the greatest respect and love for the Lord.“But those who believe love God more (than anything else).”(The Holy Quran, 2:165) Now back to the question. What exactly do we worship? God is the most popular thing in our lives?
Some people like their passions more than anything. They prefer their own lust even to the Commandments of God.“Have you seen him who takes his own lust (vain desires) as his God”(The Holy Quran, 45:23) Some have chosen wealth and property as God. Their love is money and they sacrifice everything for money.
For another group sexual instinct is the most popular matter. They do not care for what is lawful and what is forbidden. In fact, they worship sex and private parts!
Also power and ambition can be named as additional examples.
In fact, such people associate other things with God, whilethe greatest right of God … is that worshiping Him without associating anything with Him.(Imam Sajjad, the treatise on rights, right n.1)
Let us ask God to help us and grant us success in worshiping Him sincerely.