Today, the primary cause of bloodshed in the Islamic world is conflict among Muslims.
Contrary to the spirit of the Quran, some Muslims have come to regard one another as enemies. Based solely on this perverse belief, they justify the killing of one another and shedding blood.
Yet the oppression and slaughter of Muslims in every part of the world could end right now with the establishment of a union of Islamic countries.
In this union, while member states’ independence and national borders are preserved, they can be united under a shared Islamic culture and develop common policies.
Today, however, because of sectarian disputes, Muslims remain disintegrated, merely watching the persecution going on from a distance.
In the Quran, God commands all Muslims to be united and to join forces in an intellectual struggle against oppression.
Despite this obligation, however, Muslims have failed to fulfil this command because of the conflicts and disagreements among themselves.
The Quran is a divine book in which God reveals everything that He has made unlawful and lawful for His servants. According to the Quran, Muslims are brothers and any sort of quarrel and dissent among brothers are unacceptable.
Islam stresses what unites people and not what causes division.
There is coexistence, collaboration and opting for the common ground for the sake of the good of humanity, and not separation, self-righteousness and self-interests.
Focusing on discrepancies and differences among the different Islamic schools would deliver no positive results for any individual in the Islamic world. The good of the Islamic world lies in the spirit of “unity and solidarity” which is set forth in the Quran.
Obey God and His Messenger and do not quarrel among yourselves lest you lose heart and your momentum disappears. And be steadfast. God is with the steadfast (The Quran; 8: 46).
In the Islamic world, the tendency to blame the West for troubles afflicting Muslims is prevalent. The real blame, however, lies with the Muslim world which is unable to escape the trap of disunity.
Establishing unity, as God commands in the Quran, and living by the real conception of Islam revealed in it will quickly disperse the dark clouds over the Islamic world.
This is the recipe God shows us in the Quran.
If the Islamic world does not make an alliance within itself, God informs us that there would be mischief and turmoil in the land (The Quran; 8; 73).
The main accomplishment of the Islamic world would be to disallow any conflict among schools or races and find a common ground. This unity will be the means by which the beauty of Islam will spread to the entire region.
This unity will ensure a solution to internal problems and prevention of other countries intervening in the internal affairs of Muslims.
Furthermore, this unity will be the means by which all the conflicts among various schools – as well as civil wars and unceasing turmoil – will come to an end.
The Islamic world should keep in mind that it can only stand in unity as one body when it is integrated around one centre.
Just as our Master Bediuzzaman Said Nursi spoke of in The Flashes (21st Flash) of the Treatise of Light Collection, when there is “unity”, the entirety of the organs of the body are in comfort and function like the gears of a factory in harmony and completion.
In the good morals of Islam, one hand does not compete with the other, one eye does not criticise the other, the tongue does not object to the ear, the heart does not divulge the error of the soul. On the contrary, all these complement and cover their deficiencies to provide for all their needs.
In brief: the rights of the entire Islamic world will be preserved, all discrimination, unjust practices and oppression will end, and an amazingly mighty political, social and economic power will arise.
There are different cultures and traditions in the Islamic world. This is perfectly normal. However, without making it a matter of dissension, it is important to bring these differences together in a unity of belief and pluralistic solidarity.
According to Islamic moral values, Muslims must always keep in mind that they are brothers. And their race, language, nation or school does not alter this fact.
Therefore, differences within the Islamic world must be regarded as sources of wealth. These differences must not be rendered into causes of division and conflict that could lead Muslims to fall out with one another.
Unity of Muslims is essential for the good of all Muslims. In the absence of unity, the Muslim world is merely setting itself up to be torn asunder. – http://en.harakahdaily.net, December 9, 2013.
* The writer has authored more than 300 books in 73 languages on political, faith-related and scientific topics.
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