The Fate of Islamic Unity
Sayyed Fadlullah: The Muslims should make all efforts to formulate their internal unity before it is too late, especially that many Western officials have made it clear that the offensive seeks to confront Islam.
Asked in his weekly seminar the following question:The Islamic Nation celebrates the anniversary of the birth of the Messenger, in a state of sectarian and political divisions, as well as external threats of an ethnic or racial war.
How could the Muslims benefit from this anniversary in enhancing their unity in this difficult stage of their history?
The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad
Hussein Fadlullah, said:
Islam provided two
fences that would ensure the safety of the nation's unity. The
first is represented by the nation's relationship with Allah,
since believing in His oneness is reflected directly on the
oneness of the Muslim's position. The second fence is also an
attribute of the oneness of Allah that requires a commitment in
all sayings and actions to ensure the stability and coherence of
the nation, to confront all its enemies and their plots.
That is why the Prophet
was always careful not to allow any division among the Muslims,
since they had to abide by the Quranic call to hold to Allah's rope
as a means of protecting their power.
Furthermore, they had
to act as the Prophet said: like the human body, which if any of its
organ falls sick the rest of the organs will look after him.
Moreover, and despite
their sectarian divisions, the Muslims form a unified nation,
whether in their beliefs, jurisprudence, or their common fate. And
despite all the differences between the Sunnis and the Shiites, we
cannot find anyone nearer to the Shiites than the Sunnis and
vice-versa. We might even find an agreement between some of the
Shiites and Sunnis such as which we might not find inside the same
The nation needs,
especially in these days, a jurisprudence unifying movement embarked
on by knowledgeable and politically vigilant religious scholars,
that produces the Islamic concepts of unity and to guide the nation
into true unity that stays away from all the lip service that is
said an official occasion, while our nation plagued with hatred and
while we witness the catastrophic aggressions by those whose only
aim is to tear up the nation to the benefit of occupation (like what
is happening in Iraq and Pakistan…).
Meanwhile, the Western
and American research center continues to produce studies as to how
to disperse us and distorts our unity on the basis of the rule: "To
rule them you have to divide them", or by trying to revive the
sectarian and racial differences that would explode the region and
We hear nowadays calls
by European officials that echo the Americans in calling for a
dialogue with the moderate Islamic groups, since the democratic
change in the Middle East can not be established except through
conducting such a dialogue… But we know that they do not found their
call on the basis of respect to these groups or to Islam in general.
They only wish to
penetrate our Islamic front politically and economically and even in
The West is not serious
on its calls for dialogue with the Islamic World.
We have to be aware of
their motives and refuse to conduct a dialogue as separate sects and
groups, and insist that we should hold the dialogue as a unified
group that rejects all kinds of deceit and forgery.
Administrations are lying when they say that they support
democratization in the region. They do not want any change that
leads to liberation but rather to alienation and Americanization.
Thus, the nation should
be aware of the offensive being waged on it.
Many Western officials
have made it clear that it seeks to confront Islam. The Muslims
should make all efforts to formulate their internal unity before it
is too late.