Sharing Your Brothers ConcernsThe pious predecessors had an adab (mannerisms) which truly reflected their deep iman. In the book,
"From the Characteristics of the Salaf" by Sheikh Ahmed Fareed, he talks about how the pious predecessors
used to inquire about each others concerns making sure that they had enough food, clothes, and money.
In today's society people say, 'how are you' and barely wait for a response, as if they don't care what the
response is and go on to the next question. Sheikh Fareed states in his book that today someone may
ask his friend, 'How are you' and the friend would reply, 'Good, all right, etc. concealing his real situation
knowing that his friend is not really concerned with his problems, nor does his friend even know about them.
The mannerisms of the Muslim ummah have deteriorated. Today, the telephone answering machine and
the caller display box have further caused the mannerisms of the Muslim ummah to deteriorate. When
someone calls with a need, we don't even consider that their needs may be of an emergency nature
or not. We put our rights to our own time over our brother's rights as a Muslim. One of the Salaf said,
If one of you do not wish to fulfill his brother's needs by sharing his worries or by making prayers (Du'ah)
then do not ask - How are things- because it is considered HYPOCRISY.