Unity And Brotherhood In The Eyes And Perspective Of Islam June 23, 2009
Posted by malaysianstory in A New Chapter, Nik Aziz, PAS Joining Barisan.
Tags: Malaysian Story, Tok Guru Nik Aziz
I am not an ulamak but at least I know that Islam is all for unity. Even our Prophet Muhammad SAW indicated in several Ahadith on unity and brotherhood as we can see in his farewell sermon (khuTbat ul-wadaa`).
“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.”
In fact, Allah SWT in the Qur’an describes what is unity in Islam as the Mu’minoon (Believers; those that believe in Allah and His Messenger Muhammad) being united in a Brotherhood based on solely Islam:
“The Mu’minoon are but a single Brotherhood.” (The Holy Qur’an, 49:10)
Allah further defines this Brotherhood by explaining that Muslims are awliyyaa’ (allies, friends, supporters) of one another, and this again is based solely on Islam:
Other Ahadith further elaborate on the concept of unity and brotherhood:
“A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. He does not oppress him, nor does he leave him at the mercy of others.” (Sahih Muslim Book 032, Number 6219)
The Prophet said, “None of you will have faith till he wishes for his (Muslim) brother what he likes for himself.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 12)
As the teachings of Islam clearly show us that Brotherhood and unity in Islam are based solely on the `Aqeedah of Islam (which is the foundation of Muslim belief). The Mu’minoon are believers to one another and this belief has nothing to do with race or any other type of invalid reason to unite but is rather a bond based on an ideological belief in Islam.
Unlike other bonds (nationalistic, patriotic, politics, etc.) which are superficial, animalistic, reactive, emotional, and completely devoid of a real solution for life’s affairs, the intellectuality of the ideological bond of Islam unites man irrespective of their race, nationality, and other factors which are irrelevant when it comes to bonding on an ideological creed.
So, I hope Nik Aziz, his 10 MP supporters and PAS members will not just talk about Islam but put the religion into real practice.