Wahtani Ajuma - In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Friday, February 08, 2008
Unity in Islam
There can be no peace without unity and for all of us to be under one umbrella. If we are united, it will make us strong and our voice will be one. Islam knows that there is sometimes differences among us, but whenever that happens, we should refer ourselves to Islam and try to solve the differences. The Holy Quran teaches us this in Sura Nisai V.59: “I ye believe! obey Allah and obey the messenger and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among ourselves, refer it to Allah and His messenger. If ye do believe in Allah, and the last day, that is best, and most suitable for final determination.”
Islam teaches us to have good manners becuase unless we have good manners, we will not be united. Trusting one another will be difficult without unity. Cursing one another is forbidden by Islam.
According to Islam, a good Muslim shall not have the following qualities: Not to speak ill of others and should always forgive. Sura Shuara states V.40: “The recompense for an injury is an injury equal there to (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, this reward is due from Allah: for (Allah) loveth not those who do wrong. A Muslim should not belittle others because of what they have. As stated in Sura Hujurat v.11 “O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others. It may be that the (latter) are better than the ( former): nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, not all each other by (offensive) nicknames. Ill-seming is a name connoting wickedness. (To be used of one) after he has believed and those who do not desist are indeed doing wrong.
Muslims should not be suspicious and should not spy at each other. Also they are not to speak ill behind each others back. As explained in Sura Hujirat V.7 “O ye who believe avoid suspicion as much (as possible) for suspicion in some cases is a sin. And spy not on each other, nor speak ill of each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, ye would ashore it. But fear Allah for Allah is off-returning most merciful.” It is the duty of a good muslim to try to solve a difficult situation between others. He should not aggravate the situation.
However, he should bring peace between them. Sura Hujirat V.10 states: “The believers are but a single brotherhood. So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers. And fear Allah that ye may receive mercy.”
According to Islam, a good muslim should forgive anyone who did wrong to him. He should give good advice to others but avoid doing wrong. Sura Arab V.199-201 states: “Hold to forgiveness: command what is wright but turn away from the ignorant. If a suggestion from satan assail thy (mind) seek refugee with Allah for the hearth and knoweth (all things).”
A good muslim should concentrate and follow only good things. By doing so then people, especially your enemies, will end up coming after you. Sura Fusilat V.34-35: “Nor can goodness and evil be equal, repel (evil) with what is better than will be between whom and thee was hatred become as it were thy friend and intimate, and no-one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self restraint none but persons of the greatest good fortune.”
Fooling around should be avoided by a good Muslim. As stated in Sura Muminun v. 1-2: “Successful indeed are the believers, those who humble themselves in their prayers who avoid vain talk.” These manners are among the many that Islam wants every good Muslim to be like.
A man once came to the Prophet Mouhammed (SAW) and said “counsel me.” The Prophet said: “Do not become angry” The man repeated his request several times, and the Prophet said: “Do not become angry.”
Prophet Mouhammed said in a hadith narrated by Abu Hurairata, “Let him who believes in Allah and the last day either speak good or keep silent, and let him who believes in Allah and he last day be generous to his guest.
Another hadith states: “part of someone’s being a good Muslim is his leaving alone that which does not concern him.”
According to Abu Hurairata, Prophet Mouhammed (SAWS) sad: “The gates of paradise will be opened on Mondays and on Thursdays, and every servant of Allah will be forgiven, except for the man who has a grudge against his brother. About them it will be said: Delay these two until they are reconciled.”
It can be concluded from our discussion that according to Islam, there should be peace everywhere they are, Muslims or non-Muslims.
Nothing can be shared if there is no peace. It should be shared amongst ourselves, when there is chaos, peace cannot be maintained. As stated in Sura Anfal V.5: “And fear the trial which affecteth not in particular (only) those of you who do wrong and know that Allah is strict in punishment.
May Allah guide us all.