Promoting Islamic Unity a Principled Policy

Promoting Islamic Unity a Principled Policy

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called for promoting unity as an absolute duty of the Muslim society assigned by the Holy Quran. 

“Islamic unity is a principled affair, not a tactical one pertaining to a particular situation,” he said in an address to authorities and guests in a ceremony commemorating the birth anniversaries of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Imam Sadeq (PBUH) on Sunday, reported.   

He added that this unification would strengthen Muslims, giving them an upper hand in dealing with non-Muslim states.

The reason for repeated emphasis on Muslim integration, according to the Leader, is the large space between the branches of the religion and the enemies’ serious attempts to increase this distance.  

“Today, the words Shia and Sunni have entered the American’s political literature too, whereas they are opposed and hostile to the core of Islam,” he said, highlighting efforts by the United States and its agents to create chaos anywhere in the Muslim world. 

Achieving the important goal of building a modern Islamic civilization is impossible without unity between the Shia and Sunni, he underlined. 

He said holding conferences and annual gatherings on the theme of unity is insufficient, stressing the need for constant discussion, clarification and encouragement along with planning and sharing of responsibility. 

The main benchmark of Muslim unity is the issue of Palestine, according to the Ayatollah Khamenei. 

“The more serious effort is put in to uphold the rights of Palestinians, the stronger the Islamic unity would get,” he said. 

He described certain regional states’ normalization of ties with the occupying Zionist regime as “a grave sin and mistake”, calling on those governments to quit this movement against Islamic unity and make up for their great error.

***Islam’s Comprehensiveness 

The Leader later described Islam as the “comprehensive plan for mankind’s salvation,” saying another duty of Muslim societies is to promote the inclusiveness of this religion. 

He said political powers have always tried to introduce Islam as a religion that is restricted to individual belief and behavior, maintaining that it is no intellectual reference or practical guide for issues such as management of the society, economy and distribution of power and wealth, war and peace, domestic and foreign policy, justice and fight against oppression. 

This is while Islam’s realm of activity encompasses all aspects of human life, from personal prayers to political, economic, social, security and international spheres, he noted. 

“Whoever denies this concept, has certainly been inattentive to multiple verses of the Holy Quran.” 

Islam’s emphasis on social issues and the task of creating a civilization indicates its need to reach ruling levels, according to Ayatollah Khamenei. 

“Social order in Islam is not possible without considering the issue of ruling and designating Imams … meaning leaders and commanders of the society,” he said.  

The Leader later instructed the Iranian nation and authorities to follow the path of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), especially the three principles of “patience”, “justice” and “ethics”. 

“Our claim of being Muslim and an Islamic Republic must come with action and we must practically follow the order of the great Prophet,” he said. 


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  1. Unity is Strength
    Editorial, Review of Religions, July 1993
    Editorial, Review of Religions, July 1993

    Unity is strength! The fundamental message of Islam is the Unity of God and the establishment of the unity of mankind bound together by ties of practical brotherhood. This is the clarion call of Islam which abhors strife, hatred, greed, selfishness, pride, intolerance and such like unbrotherly dispositions. The aim of every Muslim should be in accordance with the injunction of the Holy Quran:

    Help one another in righteousness and piety.

    The Holy Prophet of Islam has likened the true spirit of Islamic brotherhood to that of a building every part of which reinforces other parts and, as an undivided symbol of unity, commanded Muslims when lined up for prayer to stand together shoulder to shoulder like a solid wall leaving no space for even a rod to be passed between them.

    Islam is a universal religion revealed by God for the guidance of all mankind and is above personal bias, tribal prejudice and ignorant sectarianism. It teaches that all human beings are equal and nobody is superior to another due to origin, colour, genealogy or race. The only difference in the sight of God between individuals is their degree of righteousness. As God says in the Holy Quran:

    Verily the most honourable person among you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous among you. (49:14)

    This ideal of Islamic unity and brotherhood which is sadly lacking in the world today can only be achieved by devoutedly acting upon the injunctions of Islam. Muslims should act upon and call people to what is good, and avoid and forbid what is bad. The strong and more fortunate should help the weak and less fortunate. The rich should help the poor. No one should usurp the property and rights of others. Religious tolerance is essential.

    The Ahmadiyya Community in Islam has been dedicated to the revival of Islam for over one hundred years since its inception in 1889 by its Holy Founder, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad–the Promised Messiah and Mahdi. Its growth has spread all over the world and the Community continues to spread its heavenly influence in rejuvenating the pristine purity of Islam in the hearts of people of all nations and creating among them a bond of divine unity.


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