United We Stand

pic06.jpgAssalaamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

Altogether now! Isn’t that what everybody wants?

Why can’t we just all get along?

Can we?

These questions and more of the same have plagued the minds of many soft hearted, amiable human beings for time immemorial. I say ‘human beings’ because it is the basic humanity in a person that will want to compromise with another. Obviously getting along is better than not getting along, Peace is infinitely better than War.

The religion of Islam in that sense, is way ahead of every other competitor. It urges its followers to choose and promulgate the ideology of Peace which in turn leads to Unity.

One might ask that does this just mean Peace and Unity amongst Muslims? The answer to that is a resounding no.

Peace and Unity within the whole of mankind – that is the scope of the religion of Islam. The beloved Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (PBUH) in his Farewell speech, emphatically instructed the Muslims present and the whole of mankind to come until the Last Day that no Arab is superior to a non-Arab, no non-Arab is superior to an Arab, no white is superior to a black and no black is superior to a white, and that the best people in the sight of Allah are those who are righteous.

So in one fell swoop, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) broke down all the barriers between race, colour, creed, tribe, nation, etc. He instructed that mankind should be united as one, treat and behave towards each other as brothers and sisters and live as the family of Mankind.

He confirmed that it is not your family background, nor your nation of origin which makes you a virtuous human being – No. The only judging factor are your good and bad actions, your righteousness.

And if any of my esteemed readers are dogged by that ever fretful question, does Unity in Islam mean that everyone has to become a Muslim? Well the answer to that my dear readers is no, it does not. This is dictated by the injunction that there is no compulsion in religion. A person is free to decide for himself whether or not they want to accept Islam. That is because nobody likes to be forced into anything, it would be tyrannical to do so, especially when it comes to something as life changing as accepting Islam.

So, united we stand, or divided we fall?

The answer is definitely within each and every one of us. It causes no pain and does not make us any less of a human being to stop and ask about something we do not understand. If we do, we might be enlightened and understand why certain things happen, but if we do not, then our hearts and minds will be closed and we shall fall victim to Satan’s trap of prejudice without even realising. As the proverb goes, ‘a proud or shy student never learns!’

Me personally?

I know I’d wanna be United all the way!

Ma’as-salaam

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3 Responses to “United We Stand”

  1. United We Stand!! Thanks for this Sid. I couldn’t have put it any better.

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  3. [...] as I explained in one of my earlier posts, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) categorically stated in his Farewell Speech that no Arab is superior to a [...]

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