MUSLIMS' UNITY

TARIQ DURRANI
Aug 18 - 24, 2008

Unity...Faith...Discipline...these three key words are taught in almost all standards in schooling. How many of us are truly aware of these terms and objectives of our Quaid when he gave these golden principles. How many of us are really united to defend these principles of "Unity, Faith and Discipline".

Quaid-e-Azam, was an advocate of Islamic Welfare State and his notion is reflected in a number of speeches given after the establishment of Pakistan. But are we really running the state according to his directions and principles. ALLAH subhanawatala urges in Holy Quran that; 3:103 And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves;

The Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) require Muslims to work for the unity of the Ummah. Muslims are required to be merciful towards each other (The Quran (48:29)) and be like the body where if any part hurts the whole body should feel the pain (Hadith).

Islam always teaches for the oneness of Ummah. Pakistan was created in the name of Islam to provide shelter and welfare to the people but we have not merely forgotten the principles given by our Quaid but also by Quran.

The first demonstration of division and absence of oneness in our nation was observed at the time of fall of East-Pakistan when our enemy for 1000 years, splitted us into two. But that was not the result of a war but a consequence of a division made on the basis of language, race, land etc. We are facing the same situation nowadays when individuals and groups proudly associate themselves with religious or nationalist movements. A number of pakistanis prefer to be called themselves Balochi, Sindhi, Pakhtoon, Punjabi, Siraiki, Muhajir, Kashmiri but don't feel pride to be Pakistani. Mostly it is our internal division that has jeopardized our national security rather than the external factors.

Muslim misery and suffering is common today and seen in every corner of the earth where muslims are living. Each new day brings death and destruction to muslims, at a much wider scale. It is sad to see our government collaborating with non-Muslims, for their unjustified interests, to inflict damage and suffering against fellow Muslims. Many Muslim groups are also engaged in fighting against each other in many parts of the country. This case could be seen in other Islamic countries as well, and also in some countries where Muslims are in minority, their condition is even worse. As a minority they are systematically being subjected to discrimination, humiliation, persecution, torture, and rape. This humiliation was started just after the abolishment of Khilafat in 1924 and one Islamic state was divided into dozens of countries.

The same is happening to Muslim Ummah today. Probably, there are no people in the world today who have been as divided as Muslims. They are divided along religious, political, ethnic, cultural, racial, linguistic, and sectarian lines. These divisions extend further into subdivisions. Status, wealth, fame, and fortune have also created social differences among Muslims.

Muslims are divided at the root into Sunnis and Shias. Sunnis are further divided into Hanafi, Maliki, Shaafai, and Hanbali. Shias too are divided into Kesania, Zaidia, Imamia or Ithna 'Ashari, Ismalia, etc. Sunnis are also divided into Ahle-hadith and Ahle-fiqha. In the Indian subcontinent (at least) Ahle-fiqha are further divided into Deobandis and Barelwis. Similar differences exist in other places as well. Whether or not we admit it, these differences and divisions do create physical, emotional, and psychological barriers amongst us. Allama Iqbal says that these differences create prejudice in human beings:

"Shajar hay firqa arayee, ta'assub hay samar iska

ye wo phal hay jo jannat se nikalwata hay adam ko"

"These divisions are the branches of a tree; its fruit is prejudice. This is the fruit which gets Adam (man) expelled from Jannah (peaceful life)."

We are a blessed nation. ALLAH has awarded us with a plenty of natural resources. In our country, our Gold, Copper and Coal reserves are enough to make us prosperous for decades. 74% of the oil is located in muslim countries and other natural resources detail is apart from it. The only thing we lack is the unity among ourselves and the unity of command. After the Khilafah was abolished in 1924, the British Foreign Secretary, Curzon announced in the House of Commons, "The point at issue is that Turkey has been destroyed and shall never rise again, because we have destroyed her spiritual power: the Khilafah and Islam.". We as muslims and pakistanis should realize the need of time and should strive for the unity to bring back the glorious history of our ancestors.

The author is the Consultant on Marketing and branding in Chevrolet-Pakistan.