Time for Muslims to — UNITE!
A call for Muslims to unite, reconcile and accept differences. United we stand, divided we fall.
Alhamdulillah, praise be to Allah who guides to a straight path.
وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَهَادِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ
And indeed is Allah the Guide of those who have believed to a straight path. (Al Qur’an, the Pilgrimage, 22:54)
إِنَّ رَبِّي عَلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ
Indeed, my Lord is on a path [that is] straight. (Al Qur’an, Hud, 11:56)
Blessings and peace be upon the seal of the Prophets, Muhammad ﷺ the trustworthy, sent as a giver of good news and as a warner, and one who calls to Allah by His permission, and an illuminating lamp.
Dear Muslims, today our ummah suffers from a lack of unity. Politically, our countries have divided and split. Our Islam has split into various factions and sects.
كُلُّ حِزْبٍ بِمَا لَدَيْهِمْ فَرِحُونَ
Each faction, in what it has, rejoicing. (Al Qur’an, the Romans, 30:32)
Our strength has weakened. Our glory has faded. Our ranks has been split.
Dear Muslims, the great power of Islam and Muslims can once again be rekindled if we unite. If we work collectively. Despite our differences. This article is a call to unite, as individuals, groups, societies, races and nations.
And Allah is the source of all success.
Islam Unites the People
Dear Muslims, the religion of Islam came to unite people. Allah says:
وَاذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ كُنتُمْ أَعْدَاءً فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُم بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَانًا
And remember the favor of Allah upon you — when you were enemies then He brought your hearts together so you became, by His favor, brothers. (Al Qur’an, the Family of Imran,3:103)
Islam made the believers brothers, regardless of their social status, race and language:
إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَ أَخَوَيْكُمْ
The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. (Al Qur’an, the Rooms, 49:10)
The congregational salah (prayer) is a practical demonstration of brotherhood. The believers stand shoulder to shoulder worshipping Allah. The rich, poor, prince and pauper stand next to each other without discrimination and cast.
In the salah, whether prayed individually or in congregation, we say:
إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ * اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ
It is You we worship and You we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path (Al Qur’an, the Opener)
The use of “we” and“us” is a reminder of community, unity, and fraternity. Every salah in every rakah we are reminded of us being in a community.
United We are Strong
Dear Muslims, when we are united we are strong. When we are divided we fall. Allah says:
وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۚ إِلَّا تَفْعَلُوهُ تَكُن فِتْنَةٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَفَسَادٌ كَبِيرٌ
And those who disbelieved are allies of one another. If you do not do so (become allies of one another), there will be fitnah on earth and great corruption. (Al Qur’an, the Spoils of War, 8:73)
وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلَا تَنَازَعُوا فَتَفْشَلُوا وَتَذْهَبَ رِيحُكُمْ ۖ وَاصْبِرُوا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ
And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not argue with each other [and] thus lose heart/lose motivation and your wind [spirit, vigour] would depart; and be patient. Indeed, Allah is with the patient. (Al Qur’an, the Spoils of War, 8:46)
The instruction in the noble ayah is not to quarrel and dispute with each other. Doing so will result in one losing motivation and spirit, thus one’s contribution to the cause of Allah will go down.
When we argue with each other, it is demoralizing and results in our motivation going away. Let us not hang around in petty arguments.
Unity in Nature
Dear Muslims, society, causes and projects flourish by collective effort — In unity — by the work of a Jamaah — in a group.
When we reflect on nature, this is how everything works. Our body has cells and organs working together, supporting each other. Collectively they achieve what they individually could never achieve. The cells specialize. Some are liver cells. Some are disease fighting cells. But they work in unity.
وَفِي الْأَرْضِ آيَاتٌ لِّلْمُوقِنِينَ * وَفِي أَنفُسِكُمْ ۚ أَفَلَا تُبْصِرُونَ
And on the earth are signs for the certain [in faith]. And in yourselves. Then will you not see? (Al Qur’an, Az-Zariyat, 51:20–21)
Today, if we wish to work for good, for Islam, for Allah, for the Muslims, we have to do it collectively. In Jama’ah. In congregation.
We can specialize in different things, not everyone has to be a speaker, or a scholar. Like the cells of the body we can specialize. But we have to work in unity and cohesion.
Satan’s Efforts to Cause Enmity
The Satan seeks to sow dissension, and causes enmity, and wants separation and the splitting of ranks.
إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَن يُوقِعَ بَيْنَكُمُ الْعَدَاوَةَ وَالْبَغْضَاءَ فِي الْخَمْرِ وَالْمَيْسِرِ
Satan only wants to install between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling (Al Qur’an, the Table Spread, 5:91)
وَقُل لِّعِبَادِي يَقُولُوا الَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ ۚ إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ يَنزَغُ بَيْنَهُمْ ۚ إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ كَانَ لِلْإِنسَانِ عَدُوًّا مُّبِينًا
And tell My slaves to say that which is better. Indeed, Satan incites [discord] among them. Indeed Satan is ever, to mankind, a clear enemy. (Al Qur’an, the Night Journey, 17:53)
Satan is happy when a man is separated from his spouse. The Prophet ﷺ said, as reported by Jabir:
إِنَّ إِبْلِيسَ يَضَعُ عَرْشَهُ عَلَى الْمَاءِ ثُمَّ يَبْعَثُ سَرَايَاهُ فَأَدْنَاهُمْ مِنْهُ مَنْزِلَةً أَعْظَمُهُمْ فِتْنَةً يَجِيءُ أَحَدُهُمْ فَيَقُولُ فَعَلْتُ كَذَا وَكَذَا فَيَقُولُ مَا صَنَعْتَ شَيْئًا قَالَ ثُمَّ يَجِيءُ أَحَدُهُمْ فَيَقُولُ مَا تَرَكْتُهُ حَتَّى فَرَّقْتُ بَيْنَهُ وَبَيْنَ امْرَأَتِهِ قَالَ فَيُدْنِيهِ مِنْهُ وَيَقُولُ نِعْمَ أَنْتَ
“Verily, Iblees [Satan] places his throne over the water and he sends out his troops/detachments. The closest to him in rank are the greatest at causing tribulation. One of them comes then says: I have done this and this. Satan says: You have done nothing. Another one comes then says: I did not leave him [this man] alone until I separated him from his wife. He then brings him near to himself saying: How good you are” (Muslim, 2813)
We have to learn to work and live in harmony, in unity, with our family and our community.
Stick to the Congregation
Dear Muslims, beware of division, and stick to the congregation, stick to the Muslim community and the congregational prayer, for the satan is with the single, and from the pair he is further away. The Prophet ﷺ said, as narrated by Ibn Umar, from Umar Ibn Al Khattab:
عَلَيْكُمْ بِالْجَمَاعَةِ وَإِيَّاكُمْ وَالْفُرْقَةَ فَإِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ مَعَ الْوَاحِدِ وَهُوَ مِنَ الاِثْنَيْنِ أَبْعَدُ
Adhere to the Jama’ah (congregation), beware of separation, for indeed the Satan is with one, and he is further away from two. (Tirmizi, 33:8, sahih — Darussalam)
How can we unite? Through the Qur’an and Sunnah.
وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا
And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. (Al Qur’an, the Family of Imran, 3:103)
And the Exalted says:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ ۖ فَإِن تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَالرَّسُولِ إِن كُنتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ
O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those endowed with the command (in authority) among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. (Al Qur’an, the Women, 4:59)
Let us put our differences aside and put the Quran and sunnah in front of us and be united through them.
We may differ in interpretation and that is okay. As long as our guide is the Qur’an and sunnah, and not fanaticism over our mazhab, school of thought, scholar we follow, etc.
How can we unite? Sacrifice Your Ego
In working in unity with our brothers, a Muslim needs to sacrifice his ego, for the common good. Narrated Abu Umamah, the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
أَنَا زَعِيمٌ بِبَيْتٍ فِي رَبَضِ الْجَنَّةِ لِمَنْ تَرَكَ الْمِرَاءَ وَإِنْ كَانَ مُحِقًّا وَبِبَيْتٍ فِي وَسَطِ الْجَنَّةِ لِمَنْ تَرَكَ الْكَذِبَ وَإِنْ كَانَ مَازِحًا وَبِبَيْتٍ فِي أَعْلَى الْجَنَّةِ لِمَنْ حَسَّنَ خُلُقَهُ
I guarantee a house in the outskirts of Paradise for a man who avoids quarrelling even if he were in the right, a house in the middle of Paradise for a man who avoids lying even if he were joking, and a house in the upper part of Paradise for a man who made his character good. (Abi Dawud 4800, Hasan — Al Albani)
A Muslim should repel evil with good, harshness with kindness, rudeness with politeness,
وَلَا تَسْتَوِي الْحَسَنَةُ وَلَا السَّيِّئَةُ ۚ ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ فَإِذَا الَّذِي بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ عَدَاوَةٌ كَأَنَّهُ وَلِيٌّ حَمِيمٌ
And not equal are the good [deed] and the bad. Repel with that which is better. And thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [becomes] as though he was a close friend. (Al Qur’an, Explained in Detail, 41:34)
How can we unite? Avoid Being Narrow Minded and Extreme
A Muslim needs to be broad minded. Broad minded. Agree on acceptable differences. The differences will be there. We won’t solve the issue. It is not right to split up the Ummah and to label and look down upon each other based on ancient philosophical controversies.
We have to look for the good in people, not only focus on the negatives.
Do not dismiss a scholar as ‘deviant’, ‘misguided’, ‘astray’ if his mistake in comparison to his good is disproportionate, one huge and one only a little. In fact, it may not even be a mistake but a legitimate difference of opinion.
Some narrow minded and extreme Muslims are quick to label our famous duaat, speakers and community leaders as deviants and heretical, ignoring all their contribution and focusing on some minutiae difference of opinion. By turning people away from the Scholar, they ultimately turn people away from Islam, from gaining a huge portion of knowledge through the scholar and benefitting from his work. In fact they unwittingly become an agent of the devil, despite their good intentions to refute and warn others. Do not fall into this trap.
Genuinely Love One Another
Finally we need to genuinely love one another. Even if we differ, even if one is sufi and the other is a salafi, or whatever the label, love one another. If they come to paradise, having these labels, if Allah accepts from them — then do we have any problem? Genuinely love one another for Allah because they are believers. Allah says about the dwellers of Madinah,
يُحِبُّونَ مَنْ هَاجَرَ إِلَيْهِمْ
They love those who emigrated to them [meaning the emigrants of Mecca] (Al Qur’an, the Exile, 59:9)
The emigrants of Mecca were, in our terminology refugees. The people of Madinah would have to share their homes, their things with them. Yet they loved them.
وَيُؤْثِرُونَ عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِهِمْ وَلَوْ كَانَ بِهِمْ خَصَاصَةٌ
And they give [them] preference over themselves, even if they are in privation [poverty, destitution]. (Al Qur’an, the Exile, 59:9)
Did the sahaba all agree on everything. No! Ofcourse not. But they loved one another. For the sake of Allah. And all worked together for the cause of Islam.
The Prophet ﷺ said, as narrated by Aby Huraira:
Give gifts and you will love one another. (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 594, Hasan — Al-Albani)
Abdullah al-Khurasani said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said,
تَصَافَحُوا يَذْهَبِ الْغِلُّ وَتَهَادَوْا تَحَابُّوا وَتَذْهَبِ الشَّحْنَاءُ
‘Shake hands and rancour will go away. Give presents to each other and love each other and shahnah [great hatred, enmity] will go away.’ (Muwatta Malik, 47:16)
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace and blessing be upon him) said:
لاَ تَدْخُلُونَ الْجَنَّةَ حَتَّى تُؤْمِنُوا وَلاَ تُؤْمِنُوا حَتَّى تَحَابُّوا . أَوَلاَ أَدُلُّكُمْ عَلَى شَىْءٍ إِذَا فَعَلْتُمُوهُ تَحَابَبْتُمْ أَفْشُوا السَّلاَمَ بَيْنَكُمْ
You shall not enter Paradise until you believe and you will not believe until you love one another. Should I not direct you to a thing, when you do it, you will love one another? Spread the salam among yourselves.(Muslim, 1:101)
Let us genuinely love each other. Let us have love, tenderness and mercy towards our brethren who say “Laa ilaaha illallaah”, and let this kalima unite us, as it united those before us, so that we may be successful.
Alhamdulillah, praise be to Allah, who unites the hearts. Alhamdulillah who unites the believers in faith. And who unites a man and woman in marriage. And who unites a home through family. And who unites the relatives through blood ties.
Do not Cut Relations
Honorable Muslims, beware of cutting the ties of blood. The Prophet ﷺ said,
لاَ يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ قَاطِعُ رَحِمٍ.
The one who severs ties of kinship (blood relationship) will not enter the Garden. (Adab al mufrad, 2:18, sahih — Al Albani)
Dear Muslims, beware of cutting ties and forsaking your brother for more than three days.
لاَ تَبَاغَضُوا، وَلاَ تَحَاسَدُوا، وَلاَ تَدَابَرُوا، وَكُونُوا عِبَادَ اللَّهِ إِخْوَانًا، وَلاَ يَحِلُّ لِمُسْلِمٍ أَنْ يَهْجُرَ أَخَاهُ فَوْقَ ثَلاَثَةِ أَيَّامٍ ”.
Do not hate one another, and do not be jealous of one another, and do not desert each other, and be, Allah’s slaves brothers. It is not permissible for any Muslim to forsake (not talk to) his brother (Muslim) above (for more than) three days.” (Bukhari, 6065)
Dear brothers and sisters, one of the great acts of worship to draw people to Allah is to cause conciliation between mankind. Allah says:
لَّا خَيْرَ فِي كَثِيرٍ مِّن نَّجْوَاهُمْ إِلَّا مَنْ أَمَرَ بِصَدَقَةٍ أَوْ مَعْرُوفٍ أَوْ إِصْلَاحٍ بَيْنَ النَّاسِ ۚ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ ابْتِغَاءَ مَرْضَاتِ اللَّهِ فَسَوْفَ نُؤْتِيهِ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا
No good is there in much of their private conversation, except for those who enjoin charity or that which is right or conciliation between people. And whoever does that seeking means to the approval of Allah — then We are going to give him a great reward. (Al Qur’an, the Women, 4:114)
The Prophet ﷺ said:
أَلاَ أُخْبِرُكُمْ بِأَفْضَلَ مِنْ دَرَجَةِ الصِّيَامِ وَالصَّلاَةِ وَالصَّدَقَةِ ” . قَالُوا بَلَى . قَالَ ” إِصْلاَحُ ذَاتِ الْبَيْنِ
Shall I not inform you of something more excellent in degree than fasting, prayer and almsgiving (sadaqah)? They said Yes! He said: It is putting things right between people (Abu Dawud, 43:147, Sahih — Al Albani)
And the Prophet ﷺ said:
لَيْسَ الْكَذَّابُ الَّذِي يُصْلِحُ بَيْنَ النَّاسِ، فَيَنْمِي خَيْرًا، أَوْ يَقُولُ خَيْرًا
“He is not a liar who reconciles between people, conveying good or saying good. (Bukhari, 53:3)
Remember, division and dissension is the agenda of the satan, may Allah curse him.
Final Words: Work for Unity
My brothers and sisters, you see the condition our ummah is in. You have to work for unity. You. The people reading this.
Disunity is the cause of our weakness, and leads to our failure.
Whilst unity, cohesion, and mutual love marks the brotherhood that will unite us, strengthen us and give us victory, inshaAllah. Together let us work to establish the religion in our homes, in our societies, in Australia, and the world. carrying forward the legacy and work of the Prophets of Allah subhanahu wataAla.
شَرَعَ لَكُم مِّنَ الدِّينِ مَا وَصَّىٰ بِهِ نُوحًا وَالَّذِي أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ وَمَا وَصَّيْنَا بِهِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَىٰ وَعِيسَىٰ ۖ أَنْ أَقِيمُوا الدِّينَ وَلَا تَتَفَرَّقُوا فِيهِ
He has ordained for you of religion what He enjoined upon Noah and that which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what We enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus — to establish the religion and not be divided therein. (Al Qur’an, the Consultation, 42:13)
May Allah unite our hearts, and set rights the matters between us, and not place in our hearts any ill feelings towards those who have believed. Our Lord indeed You are Kind and Merciful.