1. Definitions: Orders and Facts in the Quran
The Quran, the authentic book of God, has many orders and facts. Allah
gives orders to believers, such as
(22:78) "So Establish regular Prayer,
give regular Charity, and hold fast to Allah! He is your Protector"
(3:103) �And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches
out for you), and be not divided among yourselves;�
Devout Muslims take orders from Allah very seriously. When they listen to
an order from Allah, they say
�We hear, we obey� (2:286)
Allah States many facts in the Quran, such as:
(21:92)"Verily, this Ummah of yours is a
single Ummah, and I am your Lord and Cherisher, therefore, Serve me (and
(23:52) "And verily, this Ummah of yours is a single Ummah, and I am your
Lord and Cherisher, therefore, Fear me (and no other)."
Devout Muslims appreciate and respect the facts of the Quran, and
consider them as guidance in life.
When verses are repeated in the Quran, they carry much importance and
The silent majority of Muslims believe in Unity of Muslim Ummah, but the
chiefs are adamant about rejecting that for very obvious reasons.
2. Definition of Muslims
The definition of a Muslim can be understood according to the hadeeth of
Jibreel AKA, more popularly known as the
�Hadeeth Jibreel�, as
narrated by Umar Ibn Al Khattab, when Jibreel asked the Messenger of
Allah about Islam, he answered " Islam is that you witness that there is
no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and you
establish the prayer, and you give the Zakat, and you fast Ramadan, and
you perform the hajj of the House if you are able to take a way to it."
All Muslims agree on principal matters in Islam. The Foundation of Islam
is Shahadah as a declaration of faith. Muslims have one Quran, one
Kaabah, and one last prophet. They accept all messengers in the Quran.
They pray 5 times a day, fast Ramadan, pay Zakat, and perform Hajj when
they can. There are 8 accepted Mazhab (school of thoughts) in Fiqh
(jurisprudence). Every Muslim is free to accept a Mazhab. All Imams of
accepted Mazhab never rejected other Mazhab. Allah made the Quran and
Islam simple, but some people exert much effort to make them hard and
3. Unity of the Ummah
Unity of Ummah is a primary and important goal that we must strive for,
and there is a serious warning from Allah for those who create division
(6:159) �As for those who divide their
religion and break up into sects, thou hast no part in them in the least�
But our reality is we are divided into 57 nations, and most of them are
divided further into tribes. Allah says there are no sects in Islam, but
we have Sunni and Shiah sects. Against the orders of Allah, some Muslims
believe their sect, country, or tribe is more important than Islam.
The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is an international
organization grouping 57 countries which attempt to pool their resources
together, combine their efforts, and speak with one voice to safeguard
the interests and secure the progress and well-being of their peoples and
of all Muslims in the world. OIC is a great first step; however
representatives of OIC are from Muslim governments who do not necessarily
agree on matters of vital importance.
There is also an urgent need for association of Muslim scholars from all
Muslim counties that settles dividing religious issues between Muslims.
In the absence of Khilafah, this association should strive to bring unity
and harmony between Muslims. They should meet frequently because Muslims
are facing many problems.
4. Assume first that you are wrong
Assume first that you, not your Muslim Brother, may be wrong, and see how
you find the truth impartially. If you really want to
find the truth, you can ask an Islamic scholar, or read accepted books.
5. Manners for Disagreement
You should be as enthusiastic about listening to your brother's evidence
and argument as you are giving your evidence and
argument, and be pleasant and smiling whether the result is for you or
In those areas where differences may arise due to ijtihad but will lead
to disharmony, it is the right of the Khalifah to adopt an opinion which
he believes to be correct and for the believers to obey. Two Fiqh
principles exist which state:
Imam�s decree settles disputes. Imam�s decree is obeyed openly and
When the Prophet (SAW) passed away and the companions were busy
appointing the first Khalifah, a suggestion was made to have two leaders,
one from the Ansar and one from the Muhajireen. Abu Bakr (RA) replied by
saying that this will cause divisions and infighting, as well as people
making bidah and would cease to refer to the Prophet's example in
conducting their affairs. Abu Bakr (RA) had the insight to realize that
without the one leader, problems would arise. So the many 'problems' that
exist today are merely the symptoms of the MAIN problem, that being the
absence of the leader of the Muslim Ummah.
In the absence of Khilafah, there is a vital need for an organization of
Islamic scholars from all Muslim countries, to examine Islamic issues
important to Muslims.
6. Possibility of Multiple Correct Answers
Evidence for this is an incident in which the Prophet (SAW) witnessed the
companions disputing, but did not rebuke them for doing so. The incident
relates to the dispute regarding the Asr prayer on their way to Bani
Qurayzah. The Prophet instructed the companions to go and fight the Jews.
"Do not pray until you get to Bani Qurayzah".
On route to Bani Qurayzah the time for Asr was drawing to a close. A
dispute ensued. One group understood the prophet's command
metaphorically, thinking that the Prophet (SAW) meant hurry up. A party
of the believers prayed there whilst the others prayed after Asr time
when they arrived at Bani Qurayzah.
When they next met the Prophet (SAW) they asked him who was right and who
was wrong. It is important to note the response. Only one of them could
have been right, but the Prophet (SAW) did not point out who that was,
rather he said, "Whoever performs ijtihad and errs will receive one
reward. Whoever performs ijtihad and arrives at the correct answer gets
double the reward."
Had it been haram to differ, the Prophet (SAW) would have rebuked those
differing from the correct opinion and praised those who were right. This
example teaches us to tolerate opposing Islamic opinions which are
arrived at by those qualified to do so after performing ijtihad.
The scholars in the past recognized this; "The most learned amongst the
people is also one who is most knowledgeable of the difference amongst
the people" (Ghazali, Shawkani, Abu Zahrah)
Before performing Ijtihad it is a prerequisite for a scholar to be aware
of all the differences on the issue at hand.
7. Group Participation in Agreed Upon Matters
Group Participation in Shahadah, praying, reading Quran, fasting Ramadan,
performing Hajj, and paying Zakat should be performed.
We all agree on prohibiting alcohol, adultery, and gambling, we agree
that honor and respect are due to Muslims, we agree on
educating Muslims and raising children with the necessary spiritual and
physical training. Muslims should also participate as
groups in addressing many of the challenges that we face every day. In
many cases, Muslims are working individually against
an influential campaign attacking our beliefs, and the moderate and
peaceful nature of Islam. There are few successful Islamic
organizations, but we need much more efforts.
8. Be supportive to converts to Islam
Islam is the fastest growing religion. Converts to Islam have tremendous
courage than many born-Muslims do not have. They convert against many
odds that many times put a huge pressure on them. In USA, think of the
growing Latino and Afro-American brothers and sisters, and include them
in your activities, and don�t attempt to confuse them with our
9. Avoid labeling Muslims
A Muslim is a Muslim. This is the only name that is used in Quran.
However, there are Muslim groups who call themselves other names, or
attach other identities to the word Muslim. There are the good, the bad,
and the ugly. These labels include: Sunni, shiah, salafi, conservative,
moderate, liberal, fundamentalist, radical, progressive, secular,
pluralist, Qadianis, even gay and lesbian Muslims. These labels are
invented from within, and imported from the worst part of western
culture. The bad and ugly labels claim to be Muslims who wants to impose
their poisonous ideas as a way of reforming the Islamic Ummah to match
the worst part of western culture.
10. Have mercy and don�t kill or torture
another Human being
The record of Human rights is the worst in Muslim countries among all
nations on Earth. Can you believe a Muslim saying In the name of Allah,
the most compassionate the most merciful, who kills or tortures another
human being? Can you believe the torture that is subjected to political
adversaries and Islamic groups in Muslim countries? Can you believe the
difference between the super rich and super poor in Muslim countries? Can
you believe the number of unemployed Muslims in Muslim courtiers?
May Allah be pleased with Umar, who was concerned about the well being of
sheep in the land of Islam.
11. Thinking of the Danger of the Blind
Muslims have many blind common adversaries. These are the people that
attack the religion of Islam in the western Media and propagate verses in
the Quran taken out of context. These are the people who publish hateful
anti-Islam websites. There are even �Muslim Users groups� that are
controlled by Christian missionaries and pluralist �Muslims�. These are
the people that wrote their own version of Quran, and claim its
superiority on our authentic Quran. These are the people that use WMD
(Weapons of Missionary Deception) to convert uneducated poor, weak, or
sick Muslims to Christianity. They have budget of $ 6.8 billion a year.
These common adversaries do not work individually, but within
organization with a considerable budget. Muslims should work together to
expose their deception following the order of Allah:
(16.125) �Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord
with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are
best and most gracious�
12. Sympathy for Those Who Do Not See the
The average non-Muslims do not see the light of Islam. They don�t attack
Islam and Muslims. Muslims should not be angry with them or expose their
shortcomings. A Muslim should seek Allah's help in making His message
clearer to those who were listening.