Islamic unity and the
future of the nation
Sayyed Fadlullah: The coming generations are calling on us to unite, for
he who works for division and fragmentation is a traitor both to his
nation and to his religious beliefs.
Asked in his
weekly seminar the following question: How
does Islam view the issue of identity?
The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad
Hussein Fadlullah, said:
One of the problems that our region still
suffers from is the issue of national or religious identity.
And this is but a repercussion of the state of
ignorance and backwardness in dealing with the issue of
divergence as well as the efforts of the international arrogance
to enhance the bondage between those who belong to the same
lineage or to the same ethnicity to create dissent at the
expense of the value that this identity embodies.
Although Islam has recognized that each nation
has its distinct characteristics, it tried to give values
superiority over the lineage. It also tried to unite nations
through their awareness of their interests, and considered that
people should compete in the doing of good, regardless of their
In this respect, no member of a lineage could
claim superiority unless he proves this superiority by
But despite all the unifying efforts the Muslims
made since the advent of the message, arrogant powers were able
to undermine the unity of the nation, whether by exploiting
historical differences or political ignorance in dealing with
diversity on the basis of dialogue and reaching a common factor.
On the other hand, we notice that despite the
wide differences between the various international axes that are
also ideologically and politically divergent, these parties are
trying to bridge the gap and decision plans that will make them
At the same time, not only are we widening our
differences but we are also trying to revive the old ones that
the Muslim scholars had previously discussed and solved. It is
as if these old differences should be invigorated to thwart any
attempt to bridge any gap between Muslims.
We only think about who stands the gain. Is it
the Shiites or the Sunnis, and how much the Persians would gain.
But as the international arrogance is lunching its offensive to
secure its hegemony over the region, the ultimate winner is
America, although Europe might regain some of what it had lost
before, with its renewed deals with the US.
We warn the nation from this American-European
partnership that focuses on one enemy they call terrorism, while
they actually mean Islam. They seek to involve NATO in the
region under the burner of the new Middle East, which should
adapt to the American project in the area after the occupation
of Iraq, and presenting Sharon as a man of peace.
But the issue is not what the others are
planning for. It is what we are doing to confront it. Why don't
we strive to cement the relations between the Shiites and the
Sunnis? If they are talking about the United States of Europe
why could not we do the same, although this is not a miracle
like the European unity since we were actually united? And all
we need is the good plan and a sense of commitment, as well as
awareness to what the enemies is planning.
There was never a time when this unity was
needed more than now. We need this unity to build the world of
values, tolerance and prosperity, to counter the world of
technology they have built. For it is a world that also spreads
poverty and increases terrorism and war. It is an unethical
world that crashes all noble values. The coming generations are
calling on us to unite, for he who works for division and
fragmentation is a traitor both to his nation and to his