Disease of Division

In his last sermon to the Muslims, our beloved Prophet (saw) said, as reported by Abdullah bin Umar, “After my death, don’t turn into disbelievers, fighting and killing each other.”

The Muslim Ummah is rife with disunity and division. What was once a united Khalifate, ruled by the Sharia of Allah alone, has been shattered into pieces. Now it is our duty to purify our society from this disease. But before we can cure this disease, we must understand clearly what is its cause. And there is no where clearer to turn that to the Qu’ran for the answers.

Allah, the Exalted, says:

“And verily, this is My straight path, so follow it, and do not follow other paths, for they will separate you away from His path. This He has ordained for you that you may become the Pious.” (Al-An’am 6:153)

Division comes as soon as we deviate from the right path, the path that Allah, the Exalted, prescribed for us. Clearly, there are many other paths that we could turn to, but they all belong to Satan – whatever their names and banners are (like nationalism, regionalism, patriotism, tribalism, etc.) Whenever the Muslims follow the path of Satan, they are scattered and fall into disputes and division. This is what we see in the present situation. Muslims have ignored the unique and right way that used to hold them united. Instead, they followed the path of Satan, which has caused this Ummah to disintegrate, while they think of themselves as the one carrying the truth and following the right path.

Allah, the Exalted, says:

“They have abandoned a good part of the message that was sent to them. So we planted amongst them enmity and hatred till the Day of Resurrection.” (Al-Ma’idah, 5:14)

Whenver the Ummah abandons or disregards one part of the Shari’ah, the message that Allah conveyed to us, animosity and hatred will always rise between us. We should implement the rules of Allah as a whole-integrated system. We should never break it into pieces, choosing those rules that suit us, and leaving others. Many nations claim to be Islamic countries, but still there is no Khalifate. They are not establishing jihad, not adopting the Islamic economic system, and not implementing the laws of Islam as it should be implemented.

Allah, the Exalted, says:

“And they did not divide till the knowledge had come to them, through selfish transgression between themselves.” (Ash-Shura, 26:14)

Selfish transgression is one of the causes of disunity and division among the people. In an authentic hadith, it was reported that our beloved Prophet (saw) said,

“The disease of the nations before you is creeping towards you: Envy and hatred, it is the Haliqah (the Shaver). I do not speak of what cuts the hair, but what severs the religion. By the One in Whose Hand is my soul! You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love each other. Shall I tell you about what will strengthen that for you? Spread the Salaam among each other.”

Envy and hatred were a terrible disease of the previous Ummahs before this Ummah, causing us to not see each other as brothers, allowing us to hate one another. This is the “selfish transgression between themselves,” that Allah spoke about. In this kind of sick and effected society, unity and love will never prevail.

Allah, the Exalted, says:

“And if your Lord had so willed, He could surely have made mankind one Ummah, but they will not cease to disagree, except him on whom your Lord Has bestowed His Mercy.” (Hud, 10:118-119)

This ayah implies that people’s disputes are a sign of missing the mercy of Allah (swt). In At-Tawbah (9:71), Allah says, “The believers, men and women, are ‘Awliya’ of one another, they enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil; they offer their prayers perfectly: and give the zakat and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His mercy on them. Surely Allah is All-Might, All-Wise.” These are the characteristics of the people who deserve the mercy of Allah, who will join their hearts in love.

But for those who don’t protect one another, who don’t enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil, His Mercy is withheld, just the same as for those who neglect to establish prayers and to give charity.

Together we can achieve greatness.  For over 1300 years, Muslims were a superpower. We were the caretakers and leaders of the world. But we have shirked our responsibility and we have left our heritage to follow the West. Thus, at this time of dishonour and shame upon the Ummah of Rasulullah, we must see it as our individual and collective duty to make every effort towards the genuine unity of the Ummah, to strive with all our hearts against this disease that weakens the Ummah and has left wide open the door to our enemies who desire only our destruction. It is time now to again reclaim our greatness, to take our responsibilities seriously, and to forge ahead towards our Qadr.

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