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We as followers of Islam called as Muslims know the value and importance of uniting the Muslims around the world. We have read and heard many times the famous verse from Surah Al-Imran, Wa'tasimu bihablillahi jamiaa...Ö Hold on firmly to the Rope of Allah all of you together.... on this Allama Iqbal said "You are Syed; you are Mirza; you are Afghan; you are everything, tell me are you Muslim too?" On this I would like to add that you are Jamiayee, you are Nadvi, you are Anjumani, you are Deobandi; you are everything, tell me you are the follower of Islam too??
Delivering long and lengthy speeches about the Unity of Muslim ummah and in the name of A Lesson for Humanity does not tire our leaders, imams and scholars. Every Muslim talks about the unity. However, as days are passing by, Muslims are getting more and more divided. The division is multi-dimensional. Muslims are divided based on principle, belief, school of though, madarasa education, modern school with Islamic values, secular school, professional education and also on languages, ethnicity, regional preferences, nationalism and above all sectarian beliefs in the name of Islam. Probably, there are no people in the world today who have been as divided as Muslims. They are divided along religious, political, ethnic, cultural, racial, linguistic, and sectarian lines. These divisions extend further into subdivisions. Status, wealth, fame, and fortune have also created social differences among Muslims. The reasons of these divisions could be many moreÖ..
In spite of so many movements for unity why Muslims are getting further divided? The basic and only reason for this according to me is differences among various sects among Muslim Ummah and every sect feel he is correct among others.
On what principles Muslims should be united? You and I may say the obvious answer. We are all Muslims, we believe in one Allah, we believe in Last Prophet i.e. Muhammad (PBUH) and we all have the book of Allah i.e. Qur'an as final and last Book to entire humanity till the Day of Judgment. With due respect to my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters, this sentence is nothing more than a lip service. The conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Algeria, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Tunsia,Yeman, Bangladesh, South Africa (within Muslims), UK (within Muslims), USA (within Muslims), Canada (within Muslims) ,India (within Muslim) and many other Muslim and non-Muslim countries were created in the name of Islam.
The conflicting Muslim parties fight against each other in the name of Allah. The reason is clear. In all conflicts if we review the conditions of compromise/ unity, we will find that our leaders, imams, scholars, governments and Islamic organizations want to unite Muslims based upon their "own" principles and beliefs. Although, there is no dispute in Qur'an but nowadays every sect / organization / government / Imam / leader has its own interpretation of Qur'an and Hadith. Every sect / organization / government / Imam / leader is struggling for control and power in order to implement their own sectarian beliefs and policies. We talk a lot about unity but we want unity based upon our own conditions. Religious groups and sects claim that they are killing or declaring Muslims as KAFIR, MUSHRIK, BID'ATEE, etc. in order to please Allah. How could we achieve this unity?
Allam Iqbal said:
"Firqa bandi hay kaheen aur kaheen zatein hain;kya zamane mein panapne ki yahee batein hain" "Somewhere are religious divisions and somewhere are differences based on caste. Is this the way to prosper in the world?"
There is only ONE way to achieve the unity of Muslim Ummah and that way is the way of Muhammad (PBUH). This way was used by the Companions of Allah's Messenger (May Allah be pleased with them) One may say that everyone follows Qur'an but we are still disunited. That's true. The dispute is not in the Qur'an. The dispute lies with those scholars and their followers who interpret Qur'an based upon their own sectarian beliefs and ignore consensus of Islamic scholars. Muslims must return to the consensus of Islamic scholars which did exist from the period of SAHABAH. Muslims must think as one nation and must overcome the linguistic, geographical, regional and ethnic differences. If any part of the body feels pain the entire body should feel it and find the cure for it.
The intellectual differences of opinions should not be considered as a dispute and it should not be discussed on streets or during Friday sermons by our Respected Ulema and by follower of Islam. It should be discussed in the appropriate platform (Unfortunate we donít have this kind of consensus discussion within our intellectual). A disputed matter or issue is that matter/issue in which the Muslim scholars are divided. Therefore, instead of condemning each other, calling names and killing or street protest or any other forms, as a Muslims we must follow whichever Muslim school of thought we want to follow but respect others.
May Allah keep us on the right path-Ameen
NOTE: If anyone get hurt from my article my apology to them as this article is not to hurt or to underestimate any individual or group or any organization or any institution.
Syed Mohammed Raqeem SM
| Very very gud raqeem , its touch my feeling.|
|Posted On : Monday, 09 July 2012 11:38:33 IST||Report Abuse|
|Bahoot Bahoot Khoob Syed Mohammed Raqeem Bhai.|
|Posted On : Sunday, 06 May 2012 07:43:22 IST||Report Abuse|
|Raqeem wow good ,I totally agree on ur Article, And I Knew to whom you wrote hehehe ..Any how keep writing ..May Allah Bless You.|
|Posted On : Saturday, 28 April 2012 00:40:13 IST||Report Abuse|
| Dear Readers, Assalamualaikum|
Thank you Mohammed Raqeem for a wonderful write up, may Allah Rabbul Izzat reward you highest blessing.
Mashallah, a good way of expressions, I am very satisfied that our youth are maturing and they have good sense of social responsibility. Keep it up. I suggest you keep using this platform and other medium time to time to spread word on Muslim unity and working on correct activities within the frame work.
Message of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan who we recognize as hero of modern eduction to Muslims should be remembered. He said†"True love is the emotional bond which exists between people who cultivate their relationships and their friendships with sincerity and affection. For me, this bond takes precedence over everything else. The truth is that the person who is not himself committed to the higher ideals of friendship and brotherhood, cannot experience the love of the Almighty and neither feel the warmth and love of any human being, in fact such a person is not worthy of being loved at all.
I consider a person an unbeliever, who suspects a friend's motives and does not trust him and who accuses a friend of saying or doing things which are against the ethics of love and friendship. Personally, even if a friend abuses me or talks bad about me on face, I would still believe that he is doing it because he cares for me and is doing it because of his friendship with me.
It is very rare that people go out of their way to deliberately hurt others against all principles of friendship. These are the people who do not believe in the sanctity of these bonds and so when this happens, the delicate mirror of true friendship is bound to be shattered.
Visualize love and friendship amongst human-beings, as a strong bond that nobody can break, yet it is also so delicate that even the fragility of a thin glass would pale in comparison. This bond cannot be broken with a hammer or cracked by the strain of enduring pain and suffering together, yet a slightest hint of an uncaring or selfish word is enough to break it. As these bonds of love and friendship increase, their preciousness and fragility increase .As far as I am concerned I am ready to give my life and everything precious to me for a friend's sake."
It is true, that on these networks we do not see each other's faces, but still the bonds we develop are precious and we need to have more trust and understanding to nourish these bonds.Old years will keep on passing and New Years will keep coming, but it is people of Dr. Abid's generation
who will be trail-blazers for the younger generations of today.
So the true award winners are these sometimes known, sometimes unknown people whose works we need to talk about on these forums.
Let us hope that good sense will prevail. We will realize our value and work together to improve living conditions of Muslim in India.
|Posted On : Friday, 20 April 2012 06:28:44 IST||Report Abuse|