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Only "The Faithful" is a brother!

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Submitted by B.N.Gururaj (India), Feb 8, 2009 at 22:13

"None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself"

President Obama's quote of Prophet's Hadith has narrower meaning. The term Brother does not mean any other human being. It means only another "faithful". The hadith must be read in consonance with other verses of Koran, especially the Madina verses, which exhort the Muslims not to make friends with unbelievers. Therefore, don't think that this hadith means all heart, flower and love. In this age, when Islam is returning to fundamentalism and "pure" religion of the days of the Prophet, it does not have the romantic meaning of love for humanity. That love is reserved for the "believers".

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