Fatwa Bank

Unity and Solidarity in the Face of Crisis

25/09/2007

Respected scholars of Islam, as-salamu `alaykum. I want to know what is required of all Muslims in the light of the dreadful ordeal facing Muslims everywhere. Jazakum Allah khayran.

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 Muslim brother, thanks a lot for your question. Nowadays, rains of questions are pouring on us as regards the same issue, echoing voices of concern about the fate of Muslim brethren undergoing a terrible situation here and there. May Allah shower us with His overflowing mercy and help us get rid of this peril, for He is Ever Kind and Most Merciful!

First of all, we’d like to commend you for your good feelings, which reflect the fact that Muslims all over the world are bound together, in heart and in spirit. This unity is the means of strength for the Muslim Ummah; in fact, it is a divine gift which we Muslims must make use of. This unity is also required as regards relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims, in the sense that we are all brothers, if not in faith, in humanity. Just as a Muslim shares the agony of his fellow Muslims, he should also feel pain for what befalls his non-Muslim brothers.

In reaction to the present sorry state of affairs of Muslim Ummah, it is very important for Muslims to stand together and be united. We should live together as a group respecting and caring for each other. Allah gave us our lives so that we can help one another, and not to live just for ourselves.

It is quite important for us also to realize the significance of unity and togetherness. Someone may ask: Why is it so important to unite? The answer is very simple: Together we are strong! As one Ummah, we are a powerful force. This is certainly what the enemies of Islam dread most. With unity, mutual cooperation will materialize. With unity, love, mercy, security, etc., will prevail in the society.

With unity, the Muslim Ummah will have a say in the world affairs, and, most importantly, they will cease to be an easy prey for their enemies, as is the case nowadays.

Unity was the driving force behind the mechanism of forming the first Islamic state in Madinah. It helped the early Muslims gain victory in all their battles against infidels, hence putting an end to injustice and aggression. Hence, the present Muslims need to wake up from their sleep and rise up to the present challenges facing them. It is not enough for one to claim that his cause is right without having enough power to defend that cause, and a voice in isolation is always inaudible. So Muslims should get together and strive in the cause of Allah, Who says in the Qur’an: (And the believers, men and women, are protecting friends one of another; they enjoin the right and forbid the wrong, and they establish worship and they pay the poor-due, and they obey Allah and His messenger. As for these, Allah will have mercy on them. Lo! Allah is Mighty, Wise.) (At-Tawbah 9: 71)

Part of the forms of unity is to respond to the present situation of our Palestinian brothers and sisters as well as the rest of oppressed Muslim brethren, with whom every Muslim should express feelings of solidarity. Every Muslim should do whatever he has in his capacity to help his oppressed brothers and sisters everywhere.

Shedding more light on this issue, the eminent Muslim scholar, Dr. `Abdul-Fattah `Ashoor, Professor of the Exegesis of the Qur’an at Al-Azhar University, states:

First of all, we are to keep in mind the fact that helping and supporting fellow Muslims (who are subjected to persecution and prejudiced against) is prerequisite of a sound faith.

A Muslim should first help and support his/her fellow Muslims physically if he/she is able to do so. Muslims should defend them by all available means. They should fight along with them to ward off any aggression against their souls, honors, etc.

If one cannot support them physically, one should help them financially. If one finds that unaffordable, he/she should support their cause by means of speech, venting air to their rights and making people realize their agony and feel their pain.

Finally, if one cannot defend his/her brothers and sisters by means of his/her tongue or pen, let him/her detest and deny the aggression committed against them. This level is the slightest of faith.

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Allah Almighty knows best.

 

 

 

 

`Abdul-Fattah `Ashoor