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    The Necessity for the Ummah to be Vigilant and to Unite[using large font size is not allowed]

     

    By Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

    President — The International Union for Muslim Scholars

     

    An important principle is to beware of the Muslim Ummah's enemies' schemes that they use to divide and disunite the Ummah so that it can never share a common goal or work together.We have known our enemies' philosophy since they began to colonize our countries. Their goal and method are clear: divide and rule. They make every effort to disunite us in order to dominate us.

     

    It is well known that unity is power. In fact, unity strengthens small numbers and disunity weakens large numbers. The enemies of the Muslim Ummah were able to harm it only when it disintegrated under different banners and its leaders varied and fought each other, which allowed their enemy to penetrate them and sow poison among them so that they would plot against one another. The following verse applies: [And dispute not one with another lest ye falter and your strength depart from you] (Al-Anfal 8:46). So too does the hadith in which the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Do not differ, for the nations before you differed and perished (because of their differences)."

     

    What the enemies of this Ummah find most disturbing is its unity, and what they find most pleasing is to see the disintegration and division of this Ummah. If they saw the masses of our Ummah uniting to accomplish one goal, believing in one creed, and living under one leadership, this would annoy them and kindle envy and fury in their hearts, which in turn would drive them to do everything to convert this unity to dissension and this brotherhood to enmity.

     

    This is exactly what happened during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). A Jew named Shas ibn Qais saw that the two previously clashing tribes, the Aws and the Khazraj, united under the Islamic creed and shared the brotherhood of Islam and forgot their long-standing pre-Islamic wars. When they embraced Islam, Allah gave them peace instead of war, security instead of fear, and fellowship and love instead of animosity.

     

    This brotherly scene annoyed the evil Shas, so he took it upon himself to remind them of the pre-Islamic period and the conflicts that it had witnessed. He started reciting the barbarian poetry written by one tribe's poet, so the other tribe responded by reciting what its poet said until the pre-Islamic fanaticism awakened. The men of the Aws shouted, "O people of Aws!" and those of the Khazraj shouted, "O people of Khazraj!" All the men shouted, "The weapons, the weapons!" When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him) heard about this, he hurried to them and said, "Are they shouting this call of the period of ignorance, while I am still with you? Stop this (appeal for tribalism), for it is an evil call." Then he reminded them of Allah and recited some verses of the Qur'an. They wept, regretted their deed, and repented. Then, knowing that they had been tempted by Satan, the men of the two tribes embraced one another.

     

    Some verses of Surat Aal `Imran were revealed regarding this incident:

     

    [O ye who believe! If ye obey a party of those who have received the Scripture they will make you disbelievers after your belief [as the context indicates, they will divide you after you are united and make you transgressors after you are brothers]. How can ye disbelieve [disunite] when Allah's revelations are recited unto you, and His Messenger is in your midst? He who holdeth fast to Allah is indeed guided unto a right path. O ye who believe! Observe your duty to Allah with right observance, and die not save as those who have surrendered (unto Him). And hold fast, all of you together, to the cable of Allah, and do not separate. And remember Allah's favor unto you: how ye were enemies and He made friendship between your hearts so that ye became as brothers by His grace; and (how) ye were upon the brink of an abyss of fire, and He did save you from it. Thus Allah maketh clear His revelations unto you, that haply ye may be guided.] (Aal `Imran 3:100-103)

     

    But Shas ibn Qais, who tried to sow dissension among the Aws and the Khazraj, still exists in other guises. He has the same aim; he and his helpers, his children, and his siblings will continue the task of plotting against our Ummah, stirring up strife, and spreading mutual fear and hatred among Muslims. They use every means and go through every crack to tear this Ummah apart. Sometimes they take advantage of religious differences to disunite Muslims and Christians, as they do in Egypt. Other times they use ethnic differences, such as in Iraq where there are Arabs and Kurds, and in Morocco where there are Arabs and Berbers. They also use doctrinal differences between Muslims, such as in Iraq and Lebanon where there are Sunnis and Shiites, and in Oman where there are Sunnis and Ibadis (a sub group of Kharijites but much more moderate. Ibadism is currently the official sect of Oman)

     

    In the war between Iraq and Iran , the national element was prevalent: Arabs vs. Persians. But our enemies want a clear religious war between the Sunnis and the Shiites!

    If they do not find anything to divide Muslims about , they use other ideological categorizations such as calling some "nationalists" and others "Islamists," or "rightists" and "leftists," or "revolutionaries" and "liberals," and so on and so forth.

     

    But vigilant watchers notice that those sowers of dissension have been stressing for a while on the doctrinal differences between Muslims, for they hope from the bottom of their hearts to kindle tumult that would completely destroy everything between Sunnites and Shiites. In the war between Iraq and Iran , the national element was prevalent: Arabs vs. Persians. But our enemies want a clear religious war between the Sunnis and the Shiites! They want everybody to fight while they happily watch. But Allah Almighty says,[They plot, but Allah (also) plotteth; and Allah is the best of plotters] (Al-Anfal 8:30).

     

    Whatever disagreement Muslims might have among themselves should never turn into fighting. This is what the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) warned against most eloquently during Farewell Hajj, when he said, "Do not revert to disbelief after me by striking the necks of one another (that is, killing each other)."

     

    The worst calamity that might befall this Ummah is when enmity among its people becomes great, just as Allah described the old condition of the Jews: [Their adversity among themselves is very great. Ye think of them as a whole whereas their hearts are diverse] (Al-Hashr 59:14).

     

    One of the divine punishments that can afflict nations is that some of them taste the violence of each other, as Allah Almighty says: [say: "He is able to send punishment upon you from above you or from beneath your feet, or to bewilder you with dissension and make you taste the tyranny one of another"] (Al-An`am 6:65).

     

    The Muslim Ummah — with all its communities, schools, doctrines, races, and regions — is called upon to wake up and see the snare prepared for it. The Ummah should stop, think, and reconsider who are its friends and who are its enemies, especially after the war on Iraq, its repercussions, and the appearance of the United States as the sole power that deifies itself on earth. It is asked neither about what it is doing nor about what it wants.

     

    It is high time for the weak to unite to confront this tyrannical power. It is time for the believers to unite to face the new pharaoh who is saying to people "I am your lord, the most high."

     

    Necessity of Unity in Hardships

     

    If it is permissible for some people to divide and disagree in times of well-being and victory, it is absolutely impermissible for them to divide in times of hardship and distress. Calamities are supposed to bring close those who are separated, and misfortunes should unite those who are struck by them.

     

    We are suffering nowadays from afflictions and calamities in each and every nation of ours and in our Ummah at large, especially after the September 11 attacks. Since then, the whole Ummah has entered a hard test and a dangerous situation that require all its members, and particularly its scholars, da`iyahs, and reformers, to stand as one organized front in the battle facing Islam and Muslims. In time of battle, all should unite; no dissonant voice should rise to divide the Ummah in the time of danger. Allah Almighty says [Lo! Allah loveth those who battle for His cause in ranks, as if they were a solid structure] (As-Saff 61:4).

     

    One of the most serious dangers is when the disbelieving enemies of this Ummah unite and support each other, while the people of faith stay apart and fail to unite. This is what the Qur'an warned against in the verse [And those who disbelieve are protectors one of another. If ye do not do so, there will be confusion in the land, and great corruption] (Al-Anfal 8:73).This means that if you fail to be one another's helpers and protectors, as your enemies are, there will be affliction and great corruption, for this indicates the people of falsehood are united and the people of truth are disunited, This is the gravest of all dangers.

     

    We have seen non-Muslims united although there are many sources of disagreement among them, some historical and some practical. Such was the case of the European Union: Its countries fought many wars against each other, the last of which were the two world wars with millions of victims, but they put the tragedies behind them and found that their greatest interest is their unity.

     

    Before that, we saw different Christian doctrines getting closer, and the same happened between Christianity in general and Judaism, in spite of the historical animosity between them. The Vatican even issued its famous document that acquits the Jews of the blood of Christ!

     

    Muslims are the only people who disagree and dispute with each other, although there are many reasons for their unity. It is enough that they all direct themselves towards one qiblah in prayer; that they believe that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger; that they are satisfied with Allah as their Lord, with Islam as their religion, with the Qur'an as their standard, and with Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as their Prophet and Messenger.

     

    The Glorious Qur'an relates in the story of Musa (Moses, peace be upon him) an incident that carries wisdom and insight for wise people. It is the incident of Harun (Aaron, peace be upon him) with his people. When Musa went away for 40 nights to talk to his Lord, As-Samiri led his people astray by making them a statue of a calf that made a sound like mooing. He said, "This is your god and the god of Musa." The people obeyed him and worshiped the calf, which could not return them a word for answer, and which had no power either to harm them or to do them good. [And Aaron indeed had told them beforehand: "O my people! Ye are but being seduced therewith, for lo! Your Lord is the Beneficent, so follow me and obey my order." They said: "We shall by no means cease to be its votaries till Moses return unto us"] (Taha 20:90–91).

     

    When Musa returned, he was enraged and grieved because of what his people had done in his absence. He threw the tablets of the Torah on the ground out of anger for Allah and the Truth, and seized his brother by the hair of his head and dragged him towards him saying, as the Qur'an states, [He (Moses) said: "O Aaron! What held thee back when thou didst see them gone astray. That thou followedst me not? Hast thou then disobeyed my order?" He said: "O son of my mother! Clutch not my beard nor my head! I feared lest thou shouldst say: 'Thou hast caused division among the Children of israel , and hast not waited for my word'"] (Taha 20:92-94).

     

    Musa was satisfied with his brother's answer and the Qur'an acknowledges it. This indicates that what Harun took into consideration has its importance in religion: to be careful to preserve the unity of the community so that it may not disintegrate and to hold one's tongue about a great sin — associating another in worship with Allah, the greatest sin of all — for the sake of the unity of the community. It was certainly a temporary silence until Musa returned from his journey, and the two brothers confered with each other about dealing suitably with the serious situation.

     

    No one should say that this was the religion of the nations before us and that it is not binding on us to follow, because the Qur'an relates such accounts in order for us to take lessons and examples from them. Allah says, [in their history verily there is a lesson for men of understanding] (Yusuf 12:111).

     

    Moreover, Allah says to His Messenger after mentioning the names of some of His noble messengers, [Those are they whom Allah guideth, so follow their guidance] (Al-An`am 6:90).

     

    Uniting the Muslim Ummah is required at all times, and it is even more required during this hard phase of our Ummah's history. The Ummah's unity is a religious obligation and a necessity required by international reality. The Ummah's unity is power and its disunity makes it an easy victim for the enemies.

     

    I conclude my research with this verse: [The believers are nothing else than brothers. Therefore make peace between your brethren, and fear Allah that haply ye may obtain mercy] (Al-Hujurat 49:10).

     

    I invoke Allah with the same invocation of the followers into faith who came after the Muhajirun and the Ansar: [And those who came (into the faith) after them say: "Our Lord Forgive us and our brethren who were before us in the faith, and place not in our hearts any rancor toward those who believe. Our Lord! Thou art Full of Kindness, Most Merciful"] (Al-Hashr 59:10).

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  2. The Answer to heaven is God's oneness. But if you are still skeptical

    here’s an argument for you amongst many but to me it’s the one that

    makes the most sense. When you about to die will you turn to one God or

    many. God would’nt make it so complicated and confusing. It is also a

    very difficult time and one can hardly think. God had made it easier to

    hold onto one thought and this is the name of God.

     

     

     

    What is unity? Unity is one, right? A supreme intelligence like God

    knows this. Why would God want to ruin his unity? It is impossible

    because God isn't created, to be created, means that you are not a God.

    That’s why God is One.

    that is right and reliable

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