We can see from the current situations of the Muslims and Islam today that there are many disturbing facts. The main problem with the Muslim ummah is the absence of unity in our. With the Muslims being divided on the international and individual level and not knowing their true identity. This current state of affairs is completely prohibited in Islaam as Allaah has ordered us to maintain the unity.
“And hold fast, all of you together, to the rope of Allaah, and be not divided among yourselves…” [Al Baqarah: 103]
Since there is a problem of division in the Ummah, we should look in to the problems and see as to what the causes are and how did we allow ourselves to be in such a predicament?
The prevalent of SHIRK
One of the major causes of disunity is the prevalence of Shirk and Allaah (swt) in the Qur’an numerous times explains the severity of Shirk:
“Verily! Allaah forgives not (the sin of) setting up partners (in worship) with Him, but He forgives whom He wills sins other than that.” [An-Nisaa: 116]
It is reported that Abdullah Ibn Masood asked the Prophet (saw):
“Which is the Greatest Sin?” The Prophet said; “That you set up a rival with Allaah, while He is the One who created you.”
All over the world there are Muslims who engage in the practice of committing Shirk from prostrating to “peers” and graves, making tawwaf around something other than the Ka’bah, voting for man made law etc. How can people unify themselves when they are unable to unify their worship to the Lord of the world?
The prevalence of Bid’ah- Innovation in the deen
Another cause for division in the ummah is the occurrence of bid’ah which means to introduce a new matter in the deen whether it’s in belief or actions. As Allaah in the Qur’an says:
“This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [Surah al-Maa’idah, 5:3]
So if Allaah has completed our belief for us then why do people feel that they have the need to innovate a matter which has not been prescribed in the divine scriptures.
“Whoever Innovates in this affair of ours that which is not from it will have it rejected.” [Muslim]
“… and every innovation is misguidance and all misguidance is in the Hellfire.”
So many Muslims these days have involved themselves in actions in which there is no basis in accordance to the Qur’an and Sunnah such as Milaad, Laylat ul Bara’at, visiting the graves at a certain specified date etc. People who perform all these actions are indirectly saying that the Prophetical traditions are not good enough.
The prevalence of Taqleed- blind following (a certain imam)
This is one of the predominant means of division in the Muslim ummah today. Vast majority of the people refer to the Imaams blindly without to even ask for single shred of evidence, even so it may contradict the rulings which the messenger Muhammad had enjoined upon.
“And whosoever opposes the Messenger after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way, We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell – what an evil destination!” [An-Nisaa: 115]
“But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission.” [An-Nisaa: 65]
When you tell Muslims that so and so action is derived from Qur’an and Sunnah they will reply by saying “but my Shaykh says so and so. If the people in general neglect the divine evidences then what was the need for a messenger.
A lot of people set up groups proclaiming to be Islamic but on the contrary a few if not many members of the group remain so loyal to the values and understanding of the group so much so that even if it contradicts qur’an and sunnah.
The manhaj (methodology) of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah is to follow the Qur’an and Sunnah upon the understanding of the Salaf.
And hold fast, all of you together, to the rope of Allaah, and be not divided among yourselves…[Al Baqarah: 103]
So Allaah has ordered us not to be divided amongst ourselves and that we should hold onto the rope of Allaah which is the qur’an & sunnah according to the Sahaba. For as long as we have not returned back to the authentic Islaam which the prophet and his companions strived for Allaah will not remove this humiliation from us.
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