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Allah commands us to be united
By Harun Yahya June 23, 2016
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Forces of influence in the Arab-Islamic world are capable of assuming a role in building peace and establishing order on the one hand, while inflicting terrible destruction on these lands on the other. So enfeebled is the Arab-Islamic world that it has come to look for peace from countries that stand to benefit economically and politically from Muslims killing one another.

This enormous dichotomy is a clear sign that any peace established by parties that stand to gain from selling arms to the Arab-Islamic world, or exploiting its oil, can never provide a permanent solution, but will give birth to new conflicts instead.

The only way of halting the fighting is for the Islamic world to establish unity based on permanent reconciliation within itself. Let us not forget that in the Holy Quran, Allah commands Muslims to be united: “Those who are unbelievers are the friends and protectors of one another. If you do not act in this way (be friends and protectors of one another) there will be turmoil in the land and great corruption.” (Surah Al Anfal: 73)

So how is that unity to come about?

When they look at the seemingly unceasing turmoil and conflict in the Islamic world, many people think that any agreement or unity in these lands is an unlikely development. Yet if the countries of the world can coalesce around oil, or even football, then Muslims can recall the words of Allah and be united as brothers.

In this union, all Islamic countries that join it must be guaranteed that their independence and sovereignty will be respected: In other words, no one country will dominate the union, and some countries will not dominate others for economic or political advantage. Members of the union will thus maintain their own sovereign structures, but will act as a single nation when it comes to matters of agreed cooperation.

Member countries’ borders will be inviolable and each country will be independent in terms of its domestic affairs. Disagreements will be resolved by peaceful means instead of through international policies looking for military solutions. The resolution of problems through policies of love, rather than resorting to threats and force, will also further strengthen the union.

In order for this to be possible, guarantees must be set in place to ensure that human rights and basic freedoms, such as the freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief are respected across the union as a whole and in all its individual members. This will lead to the union being respected and listened to across the world.

In order for such a union capable of producing joint development policies based on consultations to come about, polices aimed at establishing a union of hearts among Muslim countries must also be adopted. Programmes must be instituted in all media organisations and educational institutions. National leaders should make a significant contribution to the founding of that union by issuing statements in line with these programmes.

Once that is done, it will be possible to build a world where everyone will live in peace and tranquility.

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