Firstly let me apologise for the length of this post but please bear with me and read it all – insha’Allah it will be of benefit to you and to me.
There is no doubt amongst Muslims, whether they are practising or non-practising, that there is so much disunity in the Muslim Ummah. So much to the extent that we are EXACTLY how the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, described that we would be:
Thauban reported that the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: “It is near that the nations will call one another against you just as the eaters call one another to their dishes.” Somebody asked: “Is this because we will be few in numbers that day?” He said: “Nay but that day you shall be numerous, but you will be like the foam of the sea, and Allah Will Take the fear of you away from your enemies and will place weakness into your hearts.” Somebody asked: “What is this weakness?” He said: “The love of the world and the dislike of death.” [Abu Dawud]
Abu Hurairah reported that whilst the Prophet, Allah Bless him and Grant him peace, was talking, a bedouin came to him and asked: When will the hour come to pass?” He replied: “Wait for the hour when trust will be destroyed.” He asked how it would be destroyed and he said: “Wait for the hour when the rule will be entrusted to those who don’t deserve it.” [Bukhari]
But my Brothers and Sisters in Islam, this is a temporary situation and we will grow as an Ummah to stand up against the injustice in the world. YOU CAN ALL HELP. YOU ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY IN THIS.
How do we get Unity? How do we get ONE UMMAH?
How? Firstly, we need to build unity in the Ummah. This is a major priority. Whilst we are divided, the Ummah will be torn apart across the world, Muslims will be victimised and oppressed, just as we are seeing today. But we CAN achieve unity. The below are my thoughts on this, so I am sure it will help some and for others not be good enough. Please forgive me for my mistakes.
General Principles: Qur’an and Sunnah
Many Muslims will agree that we follow Qur’an and Sunnah. Meaning we follow the Word and Commands and Guidance of Allah, revealed in the Qur’an and with the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). We also follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). We believe in One God Alone, with no partners – Allah. We believe in the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – the LAST Prophet. We should not disagree in this matter. Do not bicker in this matter – this is what those who are against Islam want – for us to fight amongst each other on every matter, creating enmity amongst our BROTHERS and SISTERS.
Because we believe in Qur’an and Sunnah, it then follows that we will believe in those hadiths and sayings that are authentic. These are our primary sources and we should be able to ALL AGREE that whatever we learn in Islam, we should be able to trace it back to the Qur’an and Sunnah. If we can’t then DON’T FOLLOW IT. And at the very least do not argue with your brothers and sisters about it. So if your imam has said something about Islam, ensure that it is from Qur’an and Sunnah – and when I mean Sunnah, I mean that of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – not anyone else.
If your imam hasn’t got sources back to the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, then you need to question yourself as to why you would want to rely upon these sources. And by sources, I don’t mean that we trace it back through family lineage, we trace it back through verifiable hadith, eg. Sahih Muslim, Sahih Bukhari, Sunan Abu Dawud, Sunan Ibn-Majah, Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Muwatta Imam Malik etc. There is hiqmah/wisdom as to why the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, did not have any male successors from his sons, who died at a young age – we learn from this that we do not follow family lineage. Ali (ra) is a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, not a direct descendent but a relation. Remember, not all the family of Ibrahim (as) were righteous and neither were the family of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – eg. his father, his uncle etc.
So we agree to ONLY use hadiths that can be traced back to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and what was related by his Sahabas and the first 3 generations of Muslims. We do not follow ‘personalities’ except for the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, and the Sahabas. We follow what has been established as being the TRUTH and we reject anything DOUBTFUL or FALSE. And we do not blind follow! If someone questions whether something is true or false, do not be defensive but establish the truth using Qur’an and authentic Sunnah. If you can’t establish the truth, what are you defending? That’s one difference out of the way.
Establish TRUST between your Muslim brothers and sisters
Those who wish to destroy Islam (and this is something they will NEVER be able to do) will sow seeds of mis-trust amongst the Muslims. Instead, establish trust – we are all capable of building relationships, so BUILD THEM. Start to trust your Muslims Brothers and Sisters and stop trying to do one over on them. Build trust little by little – do not betray this trust. Do not trust blindly as there are hypocrites in the Ummah today, just as there were in the time of the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh.
Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, said, “A believer is his brother’s mirror. A believer is a brother to a believer, for he looks after his affairs and protects him from behind.” [Bukhari’s Book of Morals and Manners, also Abu Dawud]
That’s another difference out of the way.
Be kind to your Brothers and Sisters in Islam
Show the best of characters to your brothers and sisters in Islam. Don’t be so harsh that you cannot reach them. Give da’wah and guidance to them in the best manner and with PATIENCE. Show them gratitude, good manners and make them feel good about meeting you. And when your brother and sister is wrong, show good etiquette in correcting them – don’t do it in public and embarass them nor dishonour them. Avoid heated arguments, discussions and debates. Be kind – that’s not a lot to ask. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) always showed good character, even when he was being persecuted (read the Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, for examples). Learn from this (Myself included).
Work together on the things we DO have in common
There are many differences between our brothers and sisters – if you concentrate on these, we will always argue. Instead, focus on those things that we have in common. Here are some examples: be united in defending Islam against the non-Muslims, do not show disagreement in public; be united in fasting; be united in charity work; be united in showing brotherhood/sisterhood and kindness. If we start to unite on these easy things and build up our relationships, it will become easier to overcome the more difficult differences.
Do not chase the duniya
If you value duniya so much, you will lose sight of the hereafter, the problems faced by the Ummah today and you will see Muslims being disgraced – we need to save each other from that. So change your attitude – the duniya is not our salvation; it is just a distraction, so do not be so tempted that you waste your wealth. If a starving child was in front of you, you wouldn’t go shopping for that latest gadget – you would give straight away to help that child. So change your attitude to help Muslims around the world.
Educate yourselves in deen
This is so important. We are all at different levels of learning, which in itself can cause friction. But if we have an open mind and make it easy to see Allah’s Guidance, then we will find so many things in common between our brothers and sisters.
Look for the truth – do not blind follow. We are not in times where we can trust everything we hear – it needs to be verified and authentic, otherwise how do you work out who is telling the truth? Do you just side with those who you feel inclined towards rather than the truth? If so, what makes you different from those who are criticised in the Qur’an about following their forefathers?
As with relying upon authentic hadiths, ensure that you learn about Islam using hadith that you know the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught us. Question your imams and elders – don’t be unkind and disrespectful to them. At the same time, remember we do not worship these people and we do not blind follow them. Pick up the truth from them and leave behind the falsehood and the mistakes.
Be sincere and patient
If you’re not sincere then you will cause fitna. If you truly want to follow the Truth from Allah, then be sincere about this. Don’t be political, defensive, and blindly loyal to people who make major mistakes in deen and mislead the people. The Sahabas used to stand up to each other and in this way, they ensured that everyone stayed on the Truth and did not stray into the falsehood.
Remember the enemies of Islam want us divided so we waste energy fighting each other. Whilst we do that, they spread injustice and tyranny in the world. They spread lies and establish regimes that support their lies. They force countries to submit to them. They will not be able to do any of this if the Muslims start to do the above and be united.
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