The Islamic world needs to be united, not divided

The Islamic world needs to be united, not divided

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Faisal Tahir Khan

RAMADAN Mubarak to the global Muslim community.

The Islamic world is going through challenging times. These challenges are defining our policies and direction as a civilization.

The Islamic world needs visionaries and peace-making leaders who can bring Muslims closer to each other, irrespective of our sectarian or any other division, as we need to find common ground that unites us, not divides us.
Due to our divisions, conflicts and hatred, other nations are taking advantage by making us spend our resources on non-development. Our conflicts and grudges can be resolved if we spend a fraction of what we are now spending as a result of the fear that has been created among us.

If a fraction of the amount we are spending to harm each other is spent on serious efforts to bring about global peace, by resolving the conflicts and issues that divide us, through dialogue and diplomacy, this will bring better results for the Islamic world and for humanity at large.

The menace of terrorism, poverty, illiteracy, massive unemployment, acute diseases and human rights violations along with the need to provide better living standards for our people and improve our global positioning among the communities of nations and raise the Islamic world in the human development index are the real issues that need much more attention at a pan-Islamic world level. The Islamic world must become like one body that feels the pain if there is pain in any part of the body, as per the teachings of Islam.

Islamic history is full of examples that show that whenever Muslims were united, they increased their strength. They have been pioneers and torchbearers in many fields such as science, medicine, arts, music, philosophy and good governance and their inventions revolutionized many industries as a result of their culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
On the other hand, whenever we Muslims were divided among ourselves, we faced the same issues that we are facing today and as a result we were an easy target for exploitation, chaos and deterioration as a civilization.

I urge Islamic world leaders, government officials, thinkers, academics, professionals and other stakeholders of society to make sincere efforts to bring about unity and resolve conflicts in order to avoid animosity, grudges and hatred and to find the common ground that binds and cements our ties so that we can create a better Islamic society for the generations to come.  The Islamic world should be vigilant and prudent enough not to become an easy target for exploitation that will lead to the weakening of our society and the drainage of our resources on unproductive exercises, as other communities will take advantage of our weaknesses and division for their own benefit.

Islamic world governance structures need to be developed that will create people friendly governments that are close to the hearts and minds of the nation. Islamic government policies should respond to people’s needs and aspirations and provide them with decent economic opportunities to flourish and prosper among the community of nations.

The Islamic world had a glorious past. Following the true teachings and practices of the Islamic principles of governance, the first four Muslim caliphs were farsighted, just, prudent and equitable and they were able to create a welfare society and establish a model for future generations to follow.

Today, we are 57 Islamic countries, with two billion Muslims across the globe, with a landmass stretching from North Africa to the Far East, with massive reserves of minerals such as gold, oil and other valuable minerals and financial assets. More importantly, almost 60 percent of the Islamic world is under the age of 30, which is almost a billion Muslims, which is a great human resource potential. If we manage our resources well and provide quality education to our young, develop better, sustainable infrastructure and eco-systems for our people, we can do wonders and massively contribute to the positive development of mankind and regain our lost glory.

It is the duty of every Muslim to work for the betterment of the society in any way that they can.

I wish you all a blessed Ramadan.

Faisal Tahir Khan
The author is a global entrepreneur and consultant. He can be reached at think.fikr
@gmail.com

9 COMMENTS

  1. Great article.
    All muslims are praying for the unity of Ummah. I hope we can have more narrative built on this perspective.

  2. 1. Muslims Should be United
    It is a fact that Muslims today, are divided amongst themselves. The tragedy is that such divisions are not endorsed by Islam at all. Islam believes in fostering unity amongst its followers.
    The Glorious Qur’an says:
    “And hold fast,
    All together, by the rope
    Which Allah (stretches out for you),
    and be not divided among yourselves;”
    [Al-Qur’an 3:103]
    Which is the rope of Allah that is being referred to in this verse? It is the Glorious Qur’an. The Glorious Qur’an is the rope of Allah which all Muslims should hold fast together. There is double emphasis in this verse. Besides saying ‘hold fast all together’ it also says, ‘be not divided’.
    Qur’an further says,
    “Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger”
    [Al-Qur’an 4:59]
    All the Muslim should follow the Qur’an and be not divided among themselves.

    2. It is Prohibited to make sects and divisions in Islam
    The Glorious Qur’an says:

    “As for those who divide
    Their religion and break up
    Into sects, thou hast
    No part in them in the least:
    Their affair is with Allah:
    He will in the end
    Tell them the truth
    Of all that they did.”
    [Al-Qur’an 6:159]

    In this verse Allah (swt) says that one should disassociate oneself from those who divide their religion and break it up into sects.

    But when one asks a Muslim, “who are you?”, the common answer is either ‘I am a Sunni, or ‘I am a Shia’. Some call themselves Hanafi, or Shafi or Maliki or Humbali. Some say ‘I am a Deobandi’, while some others say ‘I am a Barelvi’.

    ” And who is better in speech than he who [says: “My Lord is Allah (believes in His Oneness),” and then stands straight (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allah’s (Islamic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: “I am one of the Muslims.”

  3. Bravo. A voice much needed during that challenging times for the Ummah. I’m sure the Muslim world will wake up soon.

  4. All talk of unity, but do very little.
    What we see is that everytime,someone tries to get together
    there are others within,trying to divide.
    The Muslims of the past ,were together as they were Muslims
    within and without, and did not have any personal agenda.
    If the Gulf Arabs as Muslims cannot be together,with all what Allah blessed them
    with ,how can we unite,?
    We can try,but it was foreseen and foretold,this UMMAH will divide into seventy three.
    Well let’s as best as possible be together in our own interests.
    I for one do not dream of the glorious past as we do not have leaders like Abu BAKR. and UMAR,
    may Allah be pleased with them. We will not see the likes of them.They are my heroes.

  5. The Muslim Ummah can only persevere if it is united otherwise it will be like a cut up corpse. Kudos to the writer for an excellent piece of writing which is the need of the hour

  6. A much needed article. I have a two years old daughter and I’m always thinking what kind of a world are we building for the coming generations. I wish and pray that we can leave a better Islamic world for our upcoming generations.

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