Saturday, August 26, 2017

NATIONALISM IN ISLAM


Assalamualaikum Warahamatuallahi Wabarakaatuhu!

There is no nationalism in Islam. There are some people who claim to be super proud Pakistanis or super proud Indians or super proud Saudis to the extent that they start hating other nationalities and start feeling superior and start abusing or degrading people from other nations. This is strictly forbidden in Islam and this is the way of absolute ignorance. This is exactly what is happening in America, India, Pakistan and many other European countries where people from different countries are looked down upon as if they were a piece of scum. Only in the name of nationalism or racism. Especially when it comes to Indians and Pakistanis, Israelis and Palestinians, the hate and disrespect for each other is appalling.
I personally never really cared to be an Indian, all I care about is my identity as a Muslim. Yes, I am happy to be an Indian but this never made me feel superior or made myself be divided from my other fellow humans in the name of Nationalism.
The Prophet Sallalahu alaihi wa sallam said, “He who promotes nationalism is not one of us, neither the one who fights for the sake of nationalism, nor the one who is passionate for nationalism.” [Sahih Muslim]
Islam teaches us to be united because of our faith and not be divided because of our nationalities. Such partisanship divides Muslims, while Allah commands us to unite, and help one another in causes of good deeds and righteousness, and He forbids division and discord.
This is the true teaching of Islam, to be untied and to eradicate old practices of ignorance from our current affairs and affairs to come. Be loving and kind to other people and welcome other nationalities with open arms.
This is why when millions of people from different parts of the world come to do Hajj and Umrah, we see that there is no distinction between an Arab and a non-Arab, all are muslims and one! 

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