advent of Islam, the Arabian Society was divided by tribal prejudices and
racial bigotry. The dark clouds of ignorance had obliterated the light of
brotherhood that had shone on the social horizons of Arabia through all ages
and nations by the chosen Apostles. Then again, in the sixth century, the call
of brotherhood echoed in the hills of Mecca, when unto the Holy Prophet the
following verse was revealed: “O mankind we created you from a single (pair) of
a male and a female and made you unto nations and tribes that you may know each
other. (Not that you may despise each other). Verily, the most honoured of you
in the sight of Allah, is he who is the most righteous of you. (49:13). This is
an address to all mankind and not just Muslim brotherhood. Tribes, races and
nations are convenient labels by which we may know certain distinguishing and
differing features and characteristics. Before God they are all one and he gets
most honour who is most righteous.
The call of
brotherhood was as foreign to the pagan Arabs as the call to accept the unity
of God. The call was universal in nature. The triumph of Islam came when
brotherhood over swayed the racial pride of the pagan Arab. The Holy Prophet
(PBUH) exemplified in his life the glory of brotherhood by sharing with the
people their joys and sorrows and by suffering for them, with them. The
prophetic traditions alluring to brotherhood and unity are plentiful, “Truly I
am brother of every pious man even if he is a slave from Abyssinia”. He
declared, “He is not one of us who preaches racial bigotry”.
oneness (brotherhood) is an essential prerequisite for unity, peace and stability
in society. Brotherhood shuns turmoil, turbulence, strife and dissension. The
religion of Islam knows no nationalism or racialism, it has no geographic
delimitations, and it co-extends with Faith. Islam creates a spiritual
nationality which blends together people of every nation and every race. The Mamluks
(slaves brought to Egypt in 10th century) attained highest positions in Islamic
States, amongst them were Armenians, Russians, Sicilians, Georgians,
Circassians, Tartars, Turks, Sudanese and Ethiopians and if their pedigrees
were to be traced perhaps all colours of mankind would be represented. It was
this feeling of togetherness that made Islam extends its boundaries to the
gates of Vienna in West.
major forms of worship, the cultivation of brotherly feelings constitutes a
significant end and each form contributes to the achievement of this end. The
gathering of Muslims five times a day in congregation to prostrate before Allah
is testimony to the fact that Islamic bondage shuns all forms of national,
colour and creed discriminations. The low and the high, the rich and the poor
are brought on one pedestal and even the least worthy who kneels to invoke the
blessings of Allah feels no malice from the rest similarly, Saum, Zakat and
Pilgrimage and institutions which levels down the barriers of distinction and
discriminations. Perhaps never before in History, has the Ummah been so
distanced and aloof to the sufferings of their Muslim brethren as they are
today. Innocent Muslims, weakened women and children are being tortured, killed
and persecuted, globally.
is oblivious to the pangs of their sorrow and discomfort. As brothers in Islam,
we need to take immediate collective action, to stop the genocide of Muslims.
We must force a global outcry against repression of fundamental human rights.
We should mobilize global opinion collectively with other Muslim countries and
seek international support in forcing the repressive regimes, to stop bloodshed
of innocent Muslims. The principle of brotherhood has two fold advantages.
Firstly it gives impetus to good, noble and righteous deeds and secondly it
acts as restraint from social evils. All Muslims should be true to their own
brotherhood, they should tender and seek help from each other.
Sirajuddin Aziz is a senior banker with interest
islam is the eternal, final perfected religion.
you the fake moderate would want the kuffar to not ready
the worthless verses and you will white wash the blackest deeds of islam and
according to you moderatism is just non stop lying and
lulling the kuffar to sleep while your co-conspirators come and finish the gory
no wonder you are in the kuffar land to sabotage it from