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Whoever contemplates the sources of Islam (the Holy Quran and the Prophetic Hadiths) make certain and understands clearly that Islam is the religion of communication and social solidarity. Many of the Islamic commandments, duties and provisions call for breaking down the barriers preventing the effective connectivity between individuals such as tribal nervousness, arrogance, hatred, envy, misassumption and many other bad qualities that Islam came to eradicate and uproot.

On the other hand, Islam called for a society of love, communication, cooperation, brotherhood and solidarity. A connected society in which there are no psychological and social barriers between its individuals, as Allah almighty says:

{وَاعْتَصِمُواْ بِحَبْلِ اللّهِ جَمِيعًا ولا تًفَرَّقوا} (آل عمران: 103)

{And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided} (Qur’an 3:103).

Islam also promotes the importance of communication in all its forms among the society members; Islamic teachings stressed the importance and virtue of maintaining good relation with kins, visiting patients, honoring the guest, and accepting invitations, and many more noble teachings that enhance connectivity, even when sneezing; Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

[حق المسلم على المسلم خمس‏:‏ رد السلام، وعيادة المريض، واتباع الجنائز وإجابة الدعوة، وتشميت العاطس].

[A believer owes another believer five rights: responding to greetings, visiting the sick, following the funeral, accepting invitations, and saying 'Yarhamuk-Allah (May Allah have mercy on you),' when he says 'Al-hamdu lillah (Praise be to Allah)' after sneezing] (Sahih Al-Bukhari 1240)

Even the Islamic acts of worship embody the concept of connectivity between Muslims; Islamic Shari'ah states that the prayer in congregation is better than the prayer of a man by himself by twenty-seven degrees (Sahih Muslim 650). Hajj also represents the highest meanings of communication and solidarity; Millions of Muslims of different shapes, colors and races come together in one place to perform the pilgrimage with no disobedience and no dispute, as stated in the Qur'an (chapter 2, verse 197), only love, peace, tolerance and worship of One God (Allah The Almighty) alone, with no partner. The same applies to fasting and giving Zakah, as well as many others acts and teachings, in which one can see the social and communicative concept that Islam has fostered.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

[مثل المؤمنين في توادهم وتراحمهم وتعاطفهم، مثل الجسد إذا اشتكى منه عضو تداعى له سائر الجسد بالسهر والحمى].

[The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever] (Sahih Al-Bukhari 6011).


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