Al-Ukhuwwa Verse

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Moral Verses
Ifk VersesAl-Ukhuwwa VerseAl-It'am VerseAl-Naba' VerseNajwa VerseVerse of TrustsAl-Sulh Verse

Moral Hadiths
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Moral Virtues
HumilityContentmentGenerosityControlling AngerTruthfulnessHilm (forbearance)AsceticismBraveryChastityInsaf (Equity) • Silat al-RahimWara'Islah dhat al-bayn

Moral Vices
HubrisGreedEnvyLieBackbitingNamima (Talebearing)MiserlinessDisobedience to Parents'Ujb (self-conceit)Sum'aCutting blood relationSpreading grave sinsIngratitudeHypocrisyTabdhir

Moral Terminologies
Jihad with the selfSelf-critical soulCommanding SoulSoul at peaceSelf-reckoningMuraqabaMusharataSinMorality lessonsIstidraj

Scholars of Ethics
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References of Ethics

Qur'anNahj al-balaghaMisbah al-shari'a wa miftah al-haqiqaMakarim al-AkhlaqAl-Mahajjat al-bayda'Tanbih al-khawatir wa nuzhat al-nawazirJami' al-sa'adatMi'raj al-sa'adaAl-Muraqabat

Al-Ukhuwwa Verse (Arabic: آیة الأخوة, brotherhood verse) is the tenth verse of Qur'an 49 (Sura al-Hujurat) concerning the fraternity or brotherhood between all Muslims and their duties concerning one another. According to this verse, all believers are brothers, and if there is a quarrel or dispute among them, other Muslims should reconcile them. After this verse was revealed, the Prophet (s) made pacts of brotherhood among his companions, making 'Ali b. Abi Talib (a) his own brother.



The verse refers to one of Muslims' most significant social responsibilities, taking them to be one another's brothers, their quarrels and disputes being those between brothers. Thus it asks other Muslims to reconcile the two disputing brothers. Just as people try to reconcile two biological brothers, they should also reconcile two religious brothers. The fraternity among Muslims is not meant to be a mere slogan; it requires certain commitments on their behalf.[1]

Imam al-Sadiq (a) is quoted as saying: "every believer is the brother, the eye, and the guide of other believers; they never betray, oppress or deceive each other, and if they promise, they never break it".[2]

Al-Alusi, the author of Ruh al-ma'ani, takes the attribution of brotherhood to believers to be a sort of metaphor, since two persons sharing their belief is like them sharing their origin of birth—just as birth brings a person into this world, belief (in Islam) takes people to the Heaven.[3]

Allama Tabataba'i takes the attribution of brotherhood to be literal rather than metaphorical. He takes it to be a sort of conventional relation that only has social effects, rather than effects in marriage and heritage.[4] Since in many cases, such relations may lead to injustice by unfairly preferring one's brother to others, the verse also warns the believers that they should fear God.[5]

Pact of Brotherhood

Abd Allah b. Abbas said: "when this verse was revealed, the Prophet (s) made fraternity agreements between Muslims: for example, an agreement between Abu Bakr and Umar, another between Uthman and Abd al-Rahman b. Awf, and likewise for the rest of companions. And he finally made a fraternity agreement with Ali b. Abi Talib (a) and told him: "you are my brother and I am your brother."[6]


  1. Makārim Shīrāzī, Tafsīr-i nimūnah, vol. 22, p. 172.
  2. Kulaynī, al-Kāfī, vol. 4, p. 491.
  3. Ālūsī, Rūḥ al-maʿānī, vol. 13, p. 303.
  4. Ṭabāṭabāʾī, al-Mīzān , vol. 18, p. 472.
  5. Makārim Shīrāzī, Tafsīr-i nimūnah, vol. 22, p. 169.
  6. Baḥrānī, al-Burhān, vol. 5, p. 108.


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