1- Role of the Muslim in caring for his fellow Muslims.
2- Following an Imam.
As for the first point, it should be stressed that among the obligation of a Muslim is to care for other fellow Muslims. He should concern himself with the issues that face his Muslim Ummah in general and the Muslims in his community specifically. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said, “The one who does not concern for fellow Muslims is not one of them” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) described the believers as being like a s
ingle body. He (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The likeness of the believers in their mutual love, mercy and compassion is that of the body; if one part of it complains, the rest of the body joins it in staying awake and suffering fever.” (Narrated by Muslim)
And he (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” (Narrated by Al-Bukhari)
And he (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The relationship of the believer to the people of faith is like that of the head to the body; the believer is pained by the suffering of the people of faith just as the body is pained by the suffering of the head.” (Narrated by Ahmad)
And he (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The most beloved of people to Allah is the one who brings most benefit to people, and the most beloved of deeds to Allah is making a Muslim happy, or relieving him of hardship, or paying off his debt, or warding off hunger from him. For me to go with my Muslim brother to meet his need is dearer to me than observing i`tikaf in this mosque – meaning the mosque of Madinah – for a month… whoever goes with his Muslim brother to meet his need, Allah will make him stand firm on the Day when all feet will slip.”
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whoever relieves a Muslim of one of the hardships of this world, Allah will relieve him of one of the hardships of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever helps one who is financial difficulty, Allah will help in this world and in the Hereafter, and whoever conceals a Muslim’s (fault), Allah will conceal his (fault) in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah will help a person so long as he helps his brother.” (Narrated by Muslim)
As for the second point, there are many hadiths that ask Muslims to follow the Imam (the Muslim leader) of the Ummah. However, now there is no an Imam for the whole Muslim Ummah. So, it is the role of Muslims of each community, rulers and ruled, to abide by Islam and enhance Islamic knowledge in the Muslim society. Muslim scholars in each community have an important role to play in this concern. Furthermore, we’d like to point out the fact that Muslims in each community have to abide by the laws of the country they live in. They have to play an important role in the welfare and prosperity of their country in all aspects of life. They have to make use of the Shari`ah guidance in this regard.