Islam encapsulates unity, togetherness, love and brotherhood. In Holly words “… If you do not act in this way there will be turmoil in the land and great corruption.” (Surat al-Anfal, 73) Allah tells us in the Qur’an that believers must be one another’s friends and allies, united and unified, if we are about to end corruption and strife in the world. All Muslims have a responsibility to obey that command. They must want the Islamic world, Muslims, to be united under a single roof. Those who do not want unity – may Allah forbid – must want disunity. And as we have witnessed over the years, disunity is of no use to the Islamic world. Muslims’ strength and power and interests must be as one. In addition, it is obligatory in the Qur’an for believers to be united. As Allah reveals in the following verses:

Hold fast to the rope of Allah all together, and do not separate. Remember Allah’s blessing to you when you were enemies and He joined your hearts together so that you became brothers by His blessing. You were on the very brink of a pit of the Fire and He rescued you from it. In this way Allah makes His Signs clear to you, so that hopefully you will be guided. (Surat al-‘Imran, 103)

The muminun are brothers, so make peace between your brothers and have taqwa of Allah so that hopefully you will gain mercy. (Surat al-Hujurat, 10)

Obey Allah and His Messenger and do not quarrel among yourselves lest you lose heart and your momentum disappear. And be steadfast. Allah is with the steadfast. (Surat al-Anfal, 46)

Those who are kafir are the friends and protectors of one another. If you do not act in this way there will be turmoil in the land and great corruption. (Surat al-Anfal, 73)

those who, when they are wronged, defend themselves. (Surat ash-Shura, 39)

Allah loves those who fight in His Way in ranks like well-built walls. (Surat as-Saff, 4)

These verses make it clear that Muslims have a religious obligation to unite at once, to bond with one another with love, like blood brothers, not to argue, to be one another’s friends and guides, to protect and watch over one another under all circumstances and to wage an intellectual struggle against denial by standing together like well built walls.

To do the opposite, to  separate rather than to come together, not to treat our Muslim brothers with love and affection, not to be forgiving, protective and watchful toward our Muslim brothers and not to wage an intellectual struggle against denial like well built walls, is a sin.

The absence of an Islamic Union, division, fragmentation between Muslim countries and conflicts among Muslims and the Islamic world not speaking with a single voice leave innocent Muslims defenseless. Wretched and needy women, children and old people in Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Kashmir, East Turkestan, Pathani, Moro and many other places, are awaiting liberation from persecution. The responsibility for these people lies first and foremost with the Islamic world. Muslims must not forget that our Prophet (saas) says, “A Muslims does not oppress another Muslims or leave him in peril.”

The Islamic world must set divisions and differences aside. All Muslims must remember they are “brothers” and represent to the world the fine moral values bestowed by this spiritual brotherhood. The brotherhood between believers is a blessing from Allah. True Muslims must give thanks to Allah for this blessing and not forget His command “not to separate.”

Hold fast to the rope of Allah all together, and do not separate….  (Surat al-‘Imran, 103)

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