The Importance of Unity in Islam

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The Importance of Unity in Islam

The teachings of Islam are clearly mentioned in the holy Quran the last book of Allah Almighty that has been bestowed upon Muslims through the beloved Prophet Muhammad PBUH. The concept of mutual understanding and unity among Muslims are of very high value. As a Muslim it is your duty to completely submerge yourself against the orders of Allah Almighty. The Holy Quran mentioned:

وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً وَلا تَفَرَّقُوا

“And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. Qur’an), and be not divided among yourselves…”

(Aayah No. 103, Surah Aal-Imran, Chapter No. 3, Holy Qur’an).

 

Islam is basically a religion of peace that lays great emphasis upon mutual understanding and love among the fellow Muslims. Great stress is laid upon the unity and development of brotherhood among fellow Muslim brothers. In the eyes of Allah Almighty all Muslims are equal and no superiority is given to anyone on the bases of color, cast and creed.

In Islam we have the same prophet and we should obey Our holy Prophet PBUH as well as Allah.

 

وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ إِنْ كُنتُمْ مُؤْمِنِينَ

“Do ita’at of Allah & Rasool-Allah (PBUH), if you are Mu’mineen.”

(Aayah No. 1, Surah Al-Anfal, Chapter No. 8, Holy Qur’an).

We should obey holy Prophet PBUH base on Quran and there is a good reward for this action:

وَمَن يُطِعِ اللّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ فَأُوْلَـئِكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمَ اللّهُ عَلَيْهِم مِّنَ النَّبِيِّينَ وَالصِّدِّيقِينَ وَالشُّهَدَاءِ وَالصَّالِحِينَ وَحَسُنَ أُولَـئِكَ رَفِيقًا
 
Allah says: "All who obey Allah and the apostle are in the company of those on whom is the Grace of Allah,- of the prophets (who teach), the sincere (lovers of Truth), the witnesses (who testify), and the Righteous (who do good): Ah! what a beautiful fellowship"(4:69) 

 Our holy Prophet PBUH has compared the Muslim community with human body according to him all the Muslims are like one body. When even a single part of human body suffers for any reason the restlessness is felt in all the parts of body. The stress that has been laid upon unity among Muslims makes it compulsory for all the Muslims to respect and care about the wellbeing of their Muslims brothers. Quran says:

 

إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَ أَخَوَيْكُمْ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

“The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Islam). So make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear Allah, that you may receive mercy.”

(Aayah No. 10, Surah Al-Hujurat, Chapter No. 49, Holy Qur’an).

 

Presently more than 23% of the world population is following Islam as its religion. Many great countries that are important generators of natural resources and economy of the world are Muslim in their origins. But the sad part is that in spite of such a great number of followers of the same religion Muslims are suffering.

The main reason behind this is that there is no unity among Muslims. You have to realize that if all the Muslims strictly start to follow the Islamic principles then all the missing links that are present between them can be traced. The great state of misery that is covering Muslims at present is because they don’t follow the noble principles that have been described by the Islamic laws.

This grate Prophet recommended us to obey Ahl al-Bayt because he knew that it is necessary for muslims and if they reject they will be go wrong way. holy Prophet PBUH said:

 

"Verily, I am leaving behind two precious things (thaqalayn) among you: the Book of God and my kindred (`itrah), my household (Ahl al-Bayt), for indeed, the two will never separate until they come back to me by the Pond (of al-­Kawthar on the Day of Judgment)."

This hadith is recorded in al-Tirmidhi's Sahih, in Muslim's Sahih, in al-Hakim's Mustadrak al-Sahihayn, in Ahmad's Musnad, in al-Nasa'i's Khasais, in Ibn Sa`d's Tabaqat, and by the books of al-Tabrani, al-Suyuti, Ibn Hajar, Ibn al-Athir, and many others [who all are Sunnis].

 

It is important that all the Muslim cultures of this world should pay due consideration to the enhancement of relations among themselves and at the time of need all should act like one unit. For having a good Islamic society we should Allah and his Apostle and Ahl al-Bayt of this grate Apostle PBUH.

 

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