Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) makes it clear in the Quran that unity of the Muslims is very important. He tells us not to be divided and to hold tightly to the teachings of the Quran. Unfortunately we Muslims have divided ourselves into different sects. Muslims have forgotten what Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) says in the Quran about unity and its importance.
Islam means – Complete Submission to the Will of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala). There is no but, if or else. Once you have declared yourself a Muslim then you have to abide by the Commands of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) and Rasulallah (sallallahoAlaiheWasallam), specially when the commands are very clear and unambiguous. As mentioned in Quran “O’ Who believe! Enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and follow not the footsteps of the evil one; for he is to you an avowed enemy” (Al-Baqara, Ayat- 208).
In another place Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) commands Muslims “Whatever the Apostle gives you accept it; and whatever he forbids you, refrain from it. And fear Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala), for Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) is strict in punishment”. and numerous places Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) said ” Obey Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) and His Messenger” (sallallahoAlaiheWasallam). From all the above Verses it is very clear that Muslims have to follow commands of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) and His messenger in order to success here and after. Let see what medicine Quran gives for the unity. In Quran Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) Said ” And hold fast, all together, by the rope of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) and be not divided among themselves” (Al-Quran: Surah Al-e-Imran, Verse 103). All the Scholars of Islam are agreed the Rope of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) is Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet (sallallahoAlaiheWasallam).
The Unity of Muslims is not in celebrating Eid on same day throughout the World but the Unity of Muslims is in following the Quran and Hadith of our beloved prophet Muhammad (sallallahoAlaiheWasallam). If each and every Muslim starts following the Commands of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) and His Habib Muhammad (sallallahoAlaiheWasallam) then Unity among Muslims will prevail by itself. Today why Muslims all over the world are in misery and so divided, even in a places where they celebrate Eid on one day? it’s because Muslim have stopped practicing Islam and does not give any importance to the Hadith of the prophet Muhammad (sallallahoAlaiheWasallam). History has witnessed that whenever Muslims have followed the Quran and the Practices of the prophet (SallallahoAlaiheWasallam), they were united and had ruled the world.
No doubt every Muslim likes to have Unity but at what cost? By abandoning the path of our Prophet and his companions! If we keep demolishing the Hadith of our beloved Prophet (SallallaHoAlaiHeWassallam) one by one in the name of modernization and unity then what will be left at the end? Iman without Amal!
Living in America does not mean that we are free to break rules for our convenience that has been set by Quran and Hadith. Take for example this situation, Most Muslims in America are in their offices during Zuhur and Asr prayers. They do not get time to pray, but can we make Ijma (concenses among muslims) to let those muslims be excused for these prayers. In the same way, even if all the Muslims in the world decided to change the percent of Zakat from 2.5% to 1% , can they do that? Similarly, starting of Ramadan and celebrating Eid is a clear matter established by Quran and Hadith and there is no room for personal opinions or Ijma of Muslims, And can this rule be extended to other established matters? Absolutely not, otherwise it will create a fitna that will have no bounds. Unity of Muslims is in following the Quran and Hadith of our Prophet (SallallahoAlaiHeWasallam) as declared by Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) in Quran ” And hold fast, all together, by the rope of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) and be not divided among themselves” (Al-Quran: Al-e-Imran, Ayat- 103). “he who obeys the messenger has indeed obeyed Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala)” (al-Nisa, ayat-80).
We sincerely appeal to all Muslims to follow in the path of Shariah. The Shariah that was established by our Prophet Muhammad (SallallahoAlaiHeWasallam) and those who followed him to bring Islam to our generation. Such Sharia is the only gaurantee that our “Ibadah” will be accepted by Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala).
The Muslims have to unite so as to be protected from the attacks and oppression of their enemies. Someone says regarding this issue:
“If three one’s do not unite or come together, they will have only the value of three. But if they unite or come together, they will gain the value of 111. Four separate 4’s make 16. But if they come together in true brotherhood, along the same line for the fulfilment of the same duty, they will have the value of the power of 4444. History records numerous events which bear witness to the fact that 16 self-sacrificing people in true brotherhood have obtained the moral strength of more than 4000 people. This is because each individual in a true, sincere union can also see with the eyes of the other brothers and sisters, and hear with their ears. It is as if each of the ten persons in true solidarity and unity has the value and power of seeing with twenty eyes, thinking with ten intellects, hearing with twenty ears, and working with twenty hands.”