One of the greatest blessings of islam is its admirable success in creating strong, warm, rich and durable bonds of love and brotherhood between people. Masjid Al Ikhlas & Cambridge Islamic Centre aims to echo and promote this ethos of brotherhood and sisterhood with a mix of prayer, education, cultural and lifestyle activities and deliver much needed support that will respond to the needs of our community and the community at large.
As we are continually faced with fresh challenges, it is important for us to lead the way in creating awareness and a better understanding of the Muslim faith and culture; through outreach programmes that engenders integration and, to be seen as clear role models in the Cambridge community and across the UK.
As we look to the future it is crucial that we invest in supporting the growth and development of a new generation who will socially and culturally enhance the environment in which we live.
The importance of brotherhood is highlighted by the Prophet in his first state in medina. As many Muslim emigrants were without means of livelihood, the Prophet laid the obligation of supporting them on the Ansaar. it represented a deliberate choice in favour of a collective, cooperative spirit, over individualism and competitiveness. It was not an abstract unity. It was a real life organic unity that bound all Muslims. The Prophet has described it as such:
"You find the muslims in their mutual love and compassion, like one body, should any organ of it fall ill, the rest of the body will share in the fever and sleeplessness that ensues", [Sahih Al-Bukhari]
The bond of brotherhood is like a contract, because it confers certain rights and responsibilities between brothers and sisters, Islam has laid down these rights and responsibilities.