Sects divide ummah, says Haram imam 

MAKKAH: ARAB NEWS

Published — Sunday 2 March 2014

Last update 2 March 2014 5:54 am

 

Pilgrims are seen at the courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah in this file photo. An imam at the holy mosque said that Muslim solidarity is essential for survival. (AN file photo)

Pilgrims are seen at the courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah in this file photo. An imam at the holy mosque said that Muslim solidarity is essential for survival. (AN file photo)

Sheikh Saleh Al-Talib, an imam at Makkah’s Grand Mosque, said that Muslim solidarity is essential for survival.
“We live in a world that only respects the strong and the united,” he said during the Friday sermon. “Muslims don’t want another religion to rule them, so they must unite. We are in need of brotherhood, true conduct that achieves our goals and justice to prevail in our societies. We need equality to live in a state of peace and worship.”
Undoing disunity is the responsibility of the nation’s leaders and intellectuals, he said.
“Nations achieve their own unity, so why is it that our nation is fragmented even though we have the resources and factors for success,” he said. “Unity will not be achieved unless we have a fixed reference that unites us and creates a renaissance. This reference is represented in the Qur’an and the tradition of the Prophet (peace be upon him). We should follow in the footsteps of his companions.
“Scholars should gather the Muslim nation under one reference and highlight right from wrong. Having multiple religious sects and using religious pretexts to achieve political ambitions contributes to the nation’s disunity,” he said.

Categories: Arab World, Asia, Saudi Arabia

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2 replies

  1. May we suggest to the Imam of the Grand Mosque to lobby with the Saudi Government that all Muslims, including members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, are officially welcome for Hajj and Umrah?

  2. Can Sheikh Imam forward his advice to his King and his son currently in charge of Saudi intelligence? Perhaps not? Imam probably loves more his own survival.

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