Nigeria Muslims and the Candle of Unity

By Ibrahim Muhammed

Undoubtedly, the greatest obstacle to the unity of Muslims across the globe today is our detachment from the chain of brotherliness that holds us together under the umbrella of one Ummah. We have drifted away from the revelations in Holy Quran and Saying of our noble prophet on the importance of unity among Muslims Ummah. I am not referring to Muslims within the same community, state, or a country rather Muslims ummah.
Unity is the basic tenet of Islam as revealed in the following Quran verses: “And hold fast, all together, by the Rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favor on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided.” The Quran 03:103 (Surah al-Imran)
In Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 92 as Narrated Abu Hurairah (RA), another verse, it was explicitly stated that “Allah’s Apostle (PBUH) said, “Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales. and do not look for the others’ faults, and do not spy on one another, and do not indulge in Najsh, and do not be jealous of one another, and do not hate one another, and do not desert (stop talking to) one another. And O Allah’s worshipers! Be brothers!”
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 160 as Narrated Abu Hurairah (RA):
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should serve his guest generously; and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should unite the bond of kinship (ie. keep good relations with his kith and kin); and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should talk what is good or keep quiet.”
We harped on issue that keep us apart and abandoned our deen to clap with one hand for others people believe and culture. Our leaders should lead the way if we are to salvage the remain opportunity to come together as brothers in Islam. Nothing stops us from joining different political platform or belonging to different associations provided it does not alter our obligations to our religion. What is happening in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen is a pointer that countries with Muslim population are potential target for destruction with their aim being to create a confused atmosphere that will prevent Muslims from hearing each other voice.
There should be national fora of get together for all Muslims irrespective of his/her social status in Nigeria. A platform where issues that affected Nigeria Muslims and her unity will be discussed. The constant attack by CAN and other veiled powerful forces should ginger us to come together. What unites us is bigger and better that our human made differences.
Saudi man files lawsuit against guy who killed ant
Eight years ago, a Saudi man filed a lawsuit against a resident who “stepped on an ant on purpose.”
According to the plaintiff, his actions were “not an exemplary of Islam’s teachings.”
The man said that “an ant is one of one God’s living creatures and has a right [to live].” He demanded that “Islamic law rules” are enforced on defendant.
Judge Mohammed al-Fayez accepted the case.
Speaking to the plaintiff, Fayez said: “Your claim was accepted and as the ant’s attorney, it is clear to me that when you filed the case, you did not provide a legitimate attorney contract from the parents of the ant that was killed by the defendant.
“As such, the case cannot proceed unless the concerned individual is present or has a legitimate attorney.”
The judge then continued to ask the plaintiff to bring a legitimate attorney contract from the ant’s parents. Once he does, the court will then “ask the defendant to come to court.”
The man was shocked by the judge’s reply and had no response but to leave the court.

Al Arabiya.Net


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