How Did Prophet Muhammad Unite the Muslim Ummah?
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|How Did Prophet Muhammad Unite the Muslim Ummah?|
|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|
AnswerWa `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.
Sultan urges Muslims to unite for Islam
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...
United Colours of Islam
One only need look to the Nazis' brutal persecution of the Jews earlier this century or the more recent genocide of the Bosnian Muslims to see how ethno-religious groups can suffer so terribly at the hands of racists. Quite often however, religion is itself responsible for racist oppression.
Middle-Eastern origins aside, Judaism is regarded as a Western religion. But the almost complete assimilation of Jews into all levels of Western society actually betrays Judaism's elitist reality.
'There is no God in all the world but in Israel.' (2 Kings 5:15)
A pious interpretation of such biblical verses would be to suggest that in those days, God (Allah) was not worshipped except by the Israelites. However, even today Jews still consider themselves as the exclusively chosen race of God.
Conversely, while most Christians are overwhelmingly non-Jews, Jesus as the last of the Israelite Prophets was sent to none but the Jews. In the Bible, he is reported to have said:
'I have not been sent except to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.' (Matthew 15:24)
And likewise every other prophet was sent exclusively to his own people; every prophet that is, except Muhammad.
Say (O Muhammad): People! I am the Messenger of Allah sent to you all. (Qur'an, 7:158)
As Muhammad was Allah's final Messenger to humanity, his message was a universal one with the capacity to unite not only his own nation, the Arabs, but all the peoples of the world.
And We have not sent you (O Muhammad) but to the whole of mankind as a giver of glad tidings and a warner, but most people have no knowledge. (Qur'an, 34:28)
BILAL THE ABYSSINIAN
One of the earliest converts to Islam was an Abyssinian slave named Bilal. Traditionally, black Africans were a lowly people in the sight of Arabs who thought them to be of little use beyond entertainment and slavery. When Bilal converted to Islam, his pagan master had him brutally tortured in the scorching desert heat until Abu Bakr, the Prophet's closest friend, rescued Bilal by buying his freedom. Muhammad appointed Bilal as his muezzin and the call to prayer announced from minarets in every comer of the world today echoes the exact same words proclaimed by Bilal. Thus, a onetime despised slave achieved one of the highest positions of honour in becoming Islam’s first muezzin. Although ancient Greece is accredited with being the birthplace of democracy, it was a democracy only for its Free citizens - the majority of its population, being slaves, were denied the right to elect their ruler. Yet Islam ordained that a slave could himself be ruler! The Prophet ordered: 'Stick to obedience (i.e. 'Obey your ruler) even if he be an Abyssinian slave.' (Ahmad)
SALMAN THE PERSIAN
Like most of his countrymen, Salman was raised a devout Zoroastrian but ...
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.
One Ummah By: Isma'il Patel. Friends of Al-Aqsa.
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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.