May 7, 2012

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How Did Prophet Muhammad Unite the Muslim Ummah? 

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How Did Prophet Muhammad Unite the Muslim Ummah?
2007-05-29
As-Salamu `alaykum. Nowadays, whenever one looks at the Muslim Ummah, he finds it broken, distracted and disconnected in its aims and entity, and so he recalls the early age of Islam searching for a way to reform. Would you please explain to us how Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) united his whole Ummah so that it reached the utmost rank of glory in this life? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Sheikh Ahmad Ash-Sharabasi
Answer
Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) united the Muslim Ummah by various ways, which represent the means for the unity of Muslims in all ages. Such means include that the Muslims should be faithful to their message and to their religion. They should establish the doctrine firmly in their hearts, seek knowledge and science, abhor injustice, and realize that their glory and supremacy are in being close to Allah, looking forward to Allah’s satisfaction and Paradise), having earthly pleasures minimized in their eyes, and having all their mottos stemming from their belief.

In this regard, we would like to cite for you the following fatwa issued by the late prominent Muslim scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Ash-Sharbasi, professor of `Aqeedah and Philosophy at Al-Azhar University, in which he stated the following:


If I phrase the answer in one sentence, I would say: Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) gathered his nation and united its decisions because he is the Seal of the Prophets and the leader of the Messengers sent by Allah. He is the leader of all who fight for the sake of Allah and he was sent as a mercy to all humanity and supported by the care of Allah the All-Mighty.

And to explain I will say briefly that the noble Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was able to fulfill such unity and solidarity thanks to many causes and means, such as the strength of his character, his sincere devotion to his message, as well as his detestation of the false idols that prevailed at that time; and, moreover, he implanted the hearts with a creed that was superior to the false and trivial pagan beliefs.

He lightened the hearts with the light of believing in the Glorious Creator Who owns all that is in the heavens and on the earth. He firmly fixed this faith, practically and continuously, by the acts of worship his Lord revealed to him, such as prayers, fasting, Zakah, Hajj, and other kinds of good deeds.

In addition to this, he purified the souls of his people of grudges and hatred; there was no room for aggression or injustice, no room for pride or insults, but rather brotherhood, love and equality because they were of one origin, and there was no privilege of an Arab over a non-Arab except through piousness.

Besides, he taught them that they have no actual power or might; that when they are self-conceited they will lose, but when they are proud of their Creator they will succeed and prosper; and that glory is to Allah, His Messenger and to the believers. This is why the Qur’an states,
(And hold fast, all of you together, to the cable of Allah, and do not separate…) (Al `Imran 3: 103)

From such ways, also, the value of life and its pleasures was minimized in their eyes. As long as one looks down upon life, his humanity increases, and he deserves to gather all human beings under the roof of love and faithfulness. He also made them look forward to a marvelous Heaven and to live for an eternal life to come after this temporary life. And since for such causes competitors must work together and diverse people must cooperate, how will be the case with those with a common identity?

Moreover, he dyed the patriotic motive with a religious one and stated that to love your homeland is to believe, and to defend your property is part of good religion.

Such a strong heavenly bond joined all parties with a bond of solidarity and agreement, for they could not have authority over their lands and defend their sovereignty to please their Lord unless each and every one of them was a help and support to his brother, for one Muslim to another Muslim is like a solid wall (of bricks) supporting each other.

Finally, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) succeeded in uniting his Ummah and people because he turned them into a pious and faithful nation that works for its lifetime as if it will live forever and works for the Hereafter as if death will end it tomorrow. Therefore, this religion will only prosper by what caused its prosperity at the very beginning; as for those who are lagging behind, if they want to come forward, they have the way right in front of them.

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Sultan urges Muslims to unite for Islam

16-April-2012

 

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar (III) has asked Muslims to be united to address the challenges facing Islam.

He also asked Muslims to embrace debates and dialogue in contributing to the development of the country. 
Sultan gave the advice in an address on Saturday at a two-day Conference on Nigerian Muslims and Democracy at the National Mosque in Abuja . 

He said: “I would like to thank the organisers for seeing the need to bring Muslims together at these trying times when, more than ever before, the Muslim Ummah needs to reflect and consult and develop a united front, to face the challenges ahead. 

“This demonstrates the saying of Allah, the most high, that we are indeed one community. “Verily this your Ummah, is indeed one community.” 

Sultan also asked Muslims to adopt debate and dialogue in contributing to the nation’s development. 
He added: “Muslims like all citizens, have a civic responsibility to air their views and participates in national debates and contribute to the development of the country. “Discussions and debates generate ideas and promote understanding and consensus building. Such avenues also provide the opportunity for consultations. 
“Consultation is a key feature of the life of the Muslim community and Allah has encouraged us to consult one another in running the affairs of the community...
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One Ummah by Isma'il Patel

Friends of Al-Aqsa

 

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Unity in the Community was the main event organised to unite the Ummah. 
This lecture is one of the lectures delivered that day:
One Ummah By: Isma'il Patel. Friends of Al-Aqsa.

Profile of Ismail Patel

Ismail Patel is chair of the Leicester-based campaign Friends of Al-Aqsa. He is also spokesperson for the British Muslim Initiative and senior advisor to the Conflicts Forum, which seeks to establish a new understanding of political Islam in the West and has a membership group spanning diplomats, academics and journalists. He is director of IslamExpo and a member of the Special Advisory Board of Clear Conscience.

 

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