Thursday, August 03, 2006

TRUE Unity Between Different Groups

Unity often makes thing better, wouldn't you agree?

How do we achieve unity in a time where intolerance is at a all-time level?

Well, when we say unity, what do we mean? Do we mean being nice to each other or does it mean being nice to each other, unifying under the same cause or do we mean being friends with each other unifying under the same cause in a system that is conducive to unity?

I prefer the latter.

Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, pagans, atheists, etc., all can be united without having to convert to another belief. They can unite under the same cause without having to convert to another belief.

So a system that create this harmony must be conducive to unity. It must be a just system, a system that can only come from the Creator who is the Most Just. A system that gives people their rights regardless of their religious affliations.

That system is Islam, but the way Muslims practice it and misunderstand it, we would have no clue.

Take for example the protection tax (jizya) for non-Muslims. It is imposed on those who can afford it (males with the cash flow) and not on the poor, the elderly, women, etc. But it is imposed in a time where the Muslims can protect the non-Muslim population; if the state is too weak, then the jizya is not imposed. There has been many incident (including a famous one during the time of Khalid bin Waleed, a companion of the Prophet Muhammad) where the jizya was returned to the non-Muslims.

Non-Muslims practiced their faith. Their churches and temples were protected not destroyed, true unity became a reality. Muslim Spain, the time during the Ottoman Caliphate (when Islam was correctly understood and implemented) are examples of this.

But true unity cannot exist in a system that tolerates intolerance. Many people can unite, but the society is not truly united. We allow racists to hate and bigots to incite hatred, and because of this, society will never be truly united. Why complain about racism when you believe in a system that allows it?

Is tolerating intolerance worth the price of allow hatred and bigotry? You be the judge....

2 Comments:

At 7:23 AM, Blogger Alien Alienated said...

Assalaamu 'Alayum bro in Islam,

The system u were refering to was the system of Islam which is also known as The system of Khilafah...infact there is a strong urge of its re-establishent and Alhamdulillah I'm working for it. I was just curious, since i found that u r from America..coz i have ma relatives in NY,USA. I just wanted to know whether is there any particular circles are being held anywhere in USA, if so pls do let me know. I've been searching it for now a long while. If u had any official website to look for Information pls do let me know as well.

I'm a bro of Islaam from Bangladesh and i'm a memeber of the group which intend to bring back the system of Khilafah. its really nice meeting ya bro. U take care.


Jazzak Allah Khair

Ma'Assalaamah.

Adnan.

Ma Blog: aien01bd.blogspot.com

 
At 11:33 PM, Anonymous jazzraptor said...

Here's a link to a description:

http://www.islamabad.net/framework.htm

A rather scary prospect for most Americans . . .

 

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