THE ISLAMIC UNITY by Ustad Bediüzzaman Said Nursi( 1873- 1960)
The Islamic Unity is the most important issue which concerns all Muslims in accordance with their degrees and social positions. Because The Islamic Unity is not a political issue only. This Unity starts from the bonds and solidarity between two Muslims due to their brotherhood-in-faith and reaches to the cooperation and mutual assistance among all Muslims throughout the entire Islamic World. Our Religion, our nation, our countries can only be protected from all kinds of dangers and enemies through the enormous Power which will be generated by the religious brotherhood and solidarity of Muslims and this will serve to the general Global Peace.
That is the reason why the enemies who cannot resist against this material and spiritual Power( admin: “just like Gaza Victory over so-called super power slaughterer zionist israel”), try to destroy the Unity and the Solidarity of the
Islamic World in order to break this power into parts, using all types of trickery and stratagems.
Therefore, we must stay vigilant against the corruptive incitements of such defeatists and learn the meaning and the contents and the importance of the Islamic Brotherhood which was commanded very seriously by our Religion and we must display zeal to act in accordance with this Brotherhood.
The following verse of the Quran is attracting our attention to the fact that great mischiefs and disasters will happen if mutual assistance and solidarity amongst the Muslims are not achieved. :
“And the unbelievers are allies (protectors) of each other. Unless you do this (protect each other), there would be Tumult and Oppression on Earth, and great Mischief.” (Quran, 8:73)
The Religion of Islam has brought important duties and rules which result in Mutual Assistance. For example, the Pilgrimage (Hajj) is of utmost importance for developing the Spirit of Mutual Assistance and the Unity of Muslims.
A truthful dream (Ru’ya as-Saadiqa) of Al-Ustad Imam Bediuzzaman gave good-news for the consequences of the First World War, but came to silence about the Pilgrimage regretfully instead of good news. Imam Bediuzzaman mentions about the Silence of the Dream as follows:
“The dream came to silence at the Pilgrimage. Because, the negligence of the Pilgrimage and the Wisdom in it has attracted , not the calamity, but the (Divine) Wrath and Compulsion (Qahr).
And its penalty did not help the expiation of sins, but rather made our sins excessive. It is the negligence of the High Politics of Islam and the extensive Social Benefits within the Pilgrimage, which comprehends especially the Unity of Opinions through acquaintanceship, and Cooperation through mutual assistance, that negligence paved the way for Enemies to employ millions of Muslims against Muslims.
Look there ! The Indian killed his Father, supposing him an enemy, and is now wailing sitting next to him…
Look here! The Tatar and the Caucasian understood that the person they helped others to kill was their helpless Mother, when it is too late. They are crying now at her feet.
Look ! The Arab killed his Hero Brother by mistake, and he even cannot cry being perplexed.
Look ! The African killed his brother unknowingly, now he is raising a cry of lament.
Here ! The World of Islam ! They unintentionally and heedlessly helped others to kill their Flag-bearer Son (the Ottoman Turk), now they are tearing out their hair like mothers in sighs and wailings.
Millions of Muslims have been forced to travel long distances over the World under the enemy flag which is entirely evil, since they did not take a rush departure for the journey of Pilgrimage which is entirely beneficial. (Occurances Improvisations Indications, 52-54)
Hence a great wisdom in Pilgrimage (Hajj) ; it is a kind of Supreme Consultation (Assembly) to be held once a year, in order to protect and perpetuate the independence and security of the World of Islam.
Imam Bediuzzaman (R.A.) tells us that the utmost responsibility of this great duty is upon the shoulders of Ottomans (Turks) and Arabs :
Lawful freedom (Hurriyet -ul Shar’iya) and lawful consultation (Mashwarat- ul Mashruah) have demonstrated the sovereignty of our true nationhood. And the foundation and spirit of our true nationhood is Islam. And in so far as they have carried the standard of the Ottoman caliphate and Turkish army in the name of that nationhood, the two true brothers – Arab and Turk, who are like the shell and citadel of the nationhood of Islam, are the sentries of that sacred citadel.
Thus, through the bond of this sacred nationhood, all the people of Islam are like a single tribe. Like the members of a tribe, the groups of Islam are bound and connected to one another through Islamic brotherhood. They assist one another morally and, if necessary, materially. It is as if all the groups of Islam are bound to each other with a luminous chain. (The Sermon of Damascus, 54)
The prescription for a glorious though unfortunate Continent, an illustrious though hapless State, a noble though ownerless people, is Islamic Unity. (The Letters, 542)
Al Ustad Bediuzzaman (R.A.) said in an article he published in 1911:
“The greatest obligatory duty in this time is to work for the Islamic Unity. The aim and objective of the Unity are to vibrate such a long Luminous (blessed) Chain that connects the Islamic Centers and Mosques/Masjids and Milieus which are branched out in subdivisions and thereby to awake those who are tied to that Chain and to lead them towards the Path of Development with desire and command of conscience.” (Damascus Sermon, 90)
Imam Bediuzzaman was explaining the vital importance of the Islamic Unity in his sermon he delivered in 1911 in the Mosque of Umayyad in Damascus, which was later published as a book named “The Damascus Sermon” :
Oh Brothers who are listening to these words of mine here in the Umayyad Mosque! And Oh Muslim brothers in the mosque of the World of Islam forty to fifty years later! Do not make apologies, saying, “We do not do any harm, but also we do not have the power to do anything beneficial; therefore we are excused.” Such an apology is not acceptable. Your laziness, and saying, “What is it to me?”, and your displaying no effort and not getting into the working spirit through Islamic Unity and true Islamic Nationhood have done much damage and injustice to yourselves. (The Damascus Sermon, 55)
And especially, Oh Arabs who are great ,esteemed, and awakened or to be awaikened! First and foremost, I address you with these words. For you were our teachers and leaders, and the teachers and leaders of all the tribes of Islam, and you were the fighters of Islam. It was later that the mighty Turkish nation fully assisted you in that sacred duty . ( admin: ” today this sacred duty is being held by Islamic Republic of Iran.”)
Therefore, due to laziness your sin is great. And your good acts and deeds are also great and exalted. And in particular we await with great expectation from Divine Mercy that the different Arab tribes entering into a most exalted position in forty to fifty years’ time, like that of the United States of America, and your being successful like in the past in establishing Islamic rule in half the globe, or rather in most of it, which now remains in captivity. If some fearful calamity or a doomsday do not soon erupt, the coming generation shall see this, inshaallah. (The Damascus Sermon, 57)
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