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    Quran and Muslims Unity

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    Muslims are supposed to work together towards a common goal set by the Quran and shown by the Prophet (PBUH). They are brothers and sisters because they are bonded by the common ideology of the unity of God and the unity of humankind.

    The Believers are but a single Brotherhood, so make reconciliation between your brother and fear Allah that you may receive mercy [49:10]
    This is the foundation of Islam. The Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) require Muslims to work for the unity of the Ummah.

    The Quran is very clear about it:

    And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. Remember the favor of Allah upon you, when you were enemies and he brought your heart together you became brothers by His favor. [3:103]
    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 God. He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did. [6:159]
    And be not ye among Mushrikeen (those who join gods with God), - i.e., those who split up their Religion, and become Sects, - each party rejoicing in that which is with itself! [30: 31-32]
    Muslims are required to be merciful towards each other (48:29) and be like the body where if any part hurts the whole body should feel the pain (Hadith). But, are we Muslims practicing this injunction of the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH)? Muslims and various Islamic organizations are working hard but it is frustratingly obvious that the above goals are ever so elusive. Instead of Muslims being united in mercy towards each other, they are, on the whole, far from it. Instead of feeling the pain and misery of Muslims suffering all kinds of oppression and tyranny, most of us are happily enjoying our material comforts of life.

    Every day that passes brings more death and destruction to Muslims, only at a much wider scale. It is sad to see Muslim governments collaborating with non-Muslims to inflict damage and suffering against fellow Muslims. Many Muslim groups are also engaged in fighting against each other in many parts of the Muslim world. And in some countries where Muslims are in minority, their condition is even worse. As a minority they are systematically being subjected to discrimination, humiliation, persecution, torture, and rape. One wonders: is it ever going to end?

    Probably, there are no people in the world today who are 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. Muslims are divided at the root into Sunnis and Shias. Sunnis are further divided into Hanafi, Maliki, Shaafai, and Hanbali. Shias too are divided into Kesania, Zaidia, Imamia or Ithna ‘Ashari, Ismalia, etc. Sunnis are also divided into Ahle-hadith and Ahle-fiqha. In the Indian subcontinent (at least) Ahle-fiqha are further divided into Deobandis and Barelwis. Similar differences exist in other places as well. Are all these divisions and differences schools of thought as many Muslims claim? Whether or not we admit it, these differences and divisions do create physical, emotional, and psychological barriers amongst us.

    Why is that despite clear warnings of the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) against it?
    Is it due to the prejudices that are the inevitable results of our divisions? With all these divisions and differences, can we progress in the world?
    All these differences are anti-Qur’anic. Qur’an says that those who create differences in the Deen (Islam) are among the Mushrikun:

    “Be not among the Mushrikun i.e., those who create differences in Deen (Islam) and become sects. Each (sectarian) party quite content with itself (that it is following the correct path).” [30:32]
    “And those who create division in Deen (Islam) and become divided into sects, O Prophet (PBUH)! You have no part in them in the least.” [6:159]
    The Prophet (PBUH) is reported to have said:
    “Anyone who gets even one feet away from the Ummah has taken out the Islamic yoke from his neck, even if he prays and fasts.”
    That is why Qur’an calls upon all Muslims to be united and hold on steadfastly to the rope of Allah (i.e. Qur’an) and gives a stern warning to them not to create any divisions (3:103) amongst themselves.
    If we look at the global picture as a whole, we find that the number of Muslims has grown steadily to more than 1.6 billion today. Muslims possess the richest resources of the world and the most fertile lands of the earth. In spite of this, how ironic that the most vulnerable and the most dependent people on earth are also Muslims.

    Coming to the religious level, we find that the number of mosques is growing everywhere. The number of Muslims going to mosques is also increasing. The number of Muslims performing the annual pilgrimage increases every year, and in fact, has to be controlled to restrict the number. The number of Muslim organizations has been growing steadily. Whenever some differences arise among Muslims in one organization, they create another one and build another mosque.
    In spite of all the speeches and the sermons exhorting Muslims to unite, we see that the result is disappointing, to say the least. Why is that? The only way to diagnose this problem is to find the root cause.
    Qur’an says:

    “O mankind! There has come to you a guidance from your Lord and a cure for the disease in your hearts.” [10:57]
    Thus according to Qur’an, the disease of all our problems lies in our hearts and therefore, the cure should also begin there.
    “What can you accomplish by saying “la ilaha” with your tongue? If your heart is not a Muslim, then it is nothing.”
    Iman must enter the depths of our hearts. Simply saying that I believe is not enough, according to the Quran:
    “Among human beings are those who say ‘We believe in Allah and the Last day;’ but they are not among the Momins.” [2:8]
    “The Bedouins say, ‘We believe,’ (O Rasool) Say to them that you don’t believe, but you have accepted to surrender (to Islam) and Iman has not yet entered the depths of your hearts.” [49:14]
    Also, Iman is not blind faith. The Qur’an clearly says that Iman becomes strong only with knowledge:
    “And that those on whom knowledge has been bestowed may know that (Qur’an) is the Truth from your Lord, so that they may believe in it and their hearts may be made humbly (open) to it.” [22:4]
    Therefore, the heart must be kept humble and open, so that Iman acquired by the mind (knowledge) may enter the heart. Iman cannot enter those whose hearts have disease and those who have sealed and hardened their hearts (22:53).
    Qur’an says the Momins have dignity and power over others:
    “If you are Momins, then you will have dominance and power” [3:139].
    And unbelievers will never be able to subdue and dominate Momins: “And never will We grant to the unbelievers victory and domination over Momins.” [4:141]
    Obviously, if we as Muslims compare ourselves with these very clear verses of Qur’an, then we have to come to only one conclusion: that we are not among the Momins which the Qur’an talks about. Majority of our hearts are not open and humble. In fact, Qur’an tells us that instead of making the heart open and humble, there are some who let their emotions and ego control them. It says:
    Have you seen the one who has taken his own emotions as his god.”[25:43]
    How many of us (besides practicing the five pillars) are willing to go deep down in our hearts and honestly admit that we follow our emotions more often than we follow Allah (i.e. Book of Allah)? Allah demands total and complete surrender of our wills:
    “O you who believe! Enter in Islam completely.” [2:208]
    Therefore, the problems which we Muslims are facing today are the outward symptoms of the root cause, i.e., the internal friction in our hearts between obedience to Allah and obedience to our own emotions and egos. And it is this internal conflict that is referred to as the disease of the heart by the Qur’an. Therefore, as long as we Muslims keep compromising the TRUTH contained in the Quran, there is no hope for a cure of our collective mental, psychological, and emotional ills. We do not know how many psychological, emotional, and mental idols we carry all the time in our hearts and minds. Qur’an demands us to cleanse and purify our hearts from all kinds of Ilah. These subtle forms of shirk are addictive and like a slow poison have a deadening effect on our hearts and minds.
    How to revive and resuscitate the dead heart; it is only possible through Qur’an.
    ‘Aisha (R) said:
    The Prophet (PBUH) was a walking Quran.
    Thus the Sunnah is to live by the Quran and not just read it for earning reward for the hereafter.
    And our Prophet (PBUH) will complain to Allah on the Day of Judgment:
    And the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) will say: "O my Lord! Verily, my people deserted this Quran.” [25:30]
    Let us pray to Allah to unite our hearts in the path of Islam. It is Allah’s promise that if we do that, then we will regain our dignity, power, and glory (24:55). And Allah does not break His promise (2:80).
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    Re: Quran and Muslims Unity

    Let's make this clear. Sectarianism was largely gone after the collapse of Safavid state.

    In Bangladesh, India and many other countries sectarianism is non-existent.

    Sectarianism re-emerged with the creation of Salafism/Wahabism by ibn Abdul Wahab and the Saudi state. This sectarianism was between Sufis and Salafists. Although salafists destroyed, desecrated Makkah, the Ottomans came hard and slaughtered most of the Salafists in Diriyah.

    However before that they managed to infect large South Asian populations with the Najdi religion. This is the beginning of sectarianism in Pakistan.

    The next big event was the third Salafi state- Saudi Arabia, which is the biggest source opf salafi terrorism. The Salafis spents its massive wealth to make salafist mosques which was used as propaganda for Salafism and it's sister terror cells.

    Boko Haram, ISIS, Al-Shabab all receive millions of dollars from KSA, UAE.

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    The second event that triggered sectarianism was the revolution against the Shah in Iran which led to a rise of Shia "consciousness" around the world.

    Point to be noted, the atheist Shah who was the shia version of Mustafa Kemal, was good friends with Saudi Arabia and Israel.

    One of the first things that Iran did was to fund Hezbollah and establish strong diplomatic ties with Syria. Apart from that, they have also had alliances with Sunni organizations liek Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, etc which really shows they don't care about sectarian loyalties that much.

    However many of the alliances they made and sensistive religious issues that were solved broke down for two things - cooperating with USA in invasion of Iraq, helping Assad. Both events led to rise in violent Shia extremists terrorist groups both in IRaq and Syria.

    In any event, similar to KSA but not as dangerously, rise of IR Iran has led to a rise of Shia consciousness which has also increased sectarianism.
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    Re: Quran and Muslims Unity

    An Important ingredient of unity is not to hatemonger. This is why we regard our Salafi brethren as just mistaķen and InshAllah most of them are sincere at heart; with this approach we can truly unite.

    I was a salafi in the past without even knowing it. My home was full of salafi interpretation of ibn kathir's Quran exegesis and fatwa books from Saudi Ulema. I knew nothing about sects then but I remember when I urged my mum to throw her taweez away i was being very sincere

    So let's give Muslims the benefit of the doubt and stop the vilification

    To true unity, amin!
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    Re: Quran and Muslims Unity

    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousonTruth View Post
    Let's make this clear. Sectarianism was largely gone after the collapse of Safavid state.

    In Bangladesh, India and many other countries sectarianism is non-existent.

    Sectarianism re-emerged with the creation of Salafism/Wahabism by ibn Abdul Wahab and the Saudi state. This sectarianism was between Sufis and Salafists. Although salafists destroyed, desecrated Makkah, the Ottomans came hard and slaughtered most of the Salafists in Diriyah.

    However before that they managed to infect large South Asian populations with the Najdi religion. This is the beginning of sectarianism in Pakistan.

    The next big event was the third Salafi state- Saudi Arabia, which is the biggest source opf salafi terrorism. The Salafis spents its massive wealth to make salafist mosques which was used as propaganda for Salafism and it's sister terror cells.

    Boko Haram, ISIS, Al-Shabab all receive millions of dollars from KSA, UAE.

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    (Part 2)

    The second event that triggered sectarianism was the revolution against the Shah in Iran which led to a rise of Shia "consciousness" around the world.

    Point to be noted, the atheist Shah who was the shia version of Mustafa Kemal, was good friends with Saudi Arabia and Israel.

    One of the first things that Iran did was to fund Hezbollah and establish strong diplomatic ties with Syria. Apart from that, they have also had alliances with Sunni organizations liek Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, etc which really shows they don't care about sectarian loyalties that much.

    However many of the alliances they made and sensistive religious issues that were solved broke down for two things - cooperating with USA in invasion of Iraq, helping Assad. Both events led to rise in violent Shia extremists terrorist groups both in IRaq and Syria.

    In any event, similar to KSA but not as dangerously, rise of IR Iran has led to a rise of Shia consciousness which has also increased sectarianism.
    This is the reason I wrote this post. We need to change on individual level first. Let's start putting Quran into practice and love anyone who believes in Allah and Prophet Muhammad PBUH. Let's be the change, we want to see in the Muslim world. Let's think good of others and tolerate each other for the sake of Allah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmed. View Post
    An Important ingredient of unity is not to hatemonger. This is why we regard our Salafi brethren as just mistaķen and InshAllah most of them are sincere at heart; with this approach we can truly unite.

    I was a salafi in the past without even knowing it. My home was full of salafi interpretation of ibn kathir's Quran exegesis and fatwa books from Saudi Ulema. I knew nothing about sects then but I remember when I urged my mum to throw her taweez away i was being very sincere

    So let's give Muslims the benefit of the doubt and stop the vilification

    To true unity, amin!
    Brother Ahmed, I love you for the sake of Allah! May Allah keep us all united and help us spread the message of peace, love and unity in the best possible way. Ameen!
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    Re: Quran and Muslims Unity

    “We must put an end to anything which brings about any Islamic unity between the sons of the Muslims. As we have already succeeded in finishing off the Caliphate, so we must ensure that there will never arise again unity for the Muslims, whether it be intellectual or cultural unity.”

    - Satan Curzon

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    "The Turks are dead now. They will never reach their strong days again. Because we killed them in spirit with the Spirit of Lausanne. They will move away from Islam. Ismet Inonu promised us this."

    - Satan Curzon


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