Disunity in Ummah

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Latif Chaudhery
Oct 24, 2015
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It is true that after the era of rightly guided caliphs, Deen was split into Public and Personal segments. Personal laws were placed under the purview of theologians. The Imams are said to have driven the Ummah into sects and factions. The question arise on what account? Did they differ - on what to do or did they disagree on how to do? The History tells us that one of them was based in Iraq, the other lived in Medina. Yet another spent his life in Baghdad and the other worked in Iran. They may have suggested different ways of achieving the objectives of Deen according to the situation obtaining in their respective areas. Does it mean fragmentation of Deen? The problem, as I think, emerged when how to do, which can never be permanent, was made an obligatory part of Deen and given the name of Sunnah of the exalted prophet (saw). Is it incumbent upon me to go for Hajj using saddled animals as was done by the Messenger of Allah (pbuh)? I think No; because by using other mode of transportation, I am not deviating from what to do. I am only improving how to do. This should be true with other rituals. Why disintegrate on such differences? Discussing rituals some exegetes’ express strong disapproval of the prevailing structure of Islam on the plea that Allah did not say so. The irony of fate is that what they recommend is also not found in the Quran. They too count on what according to them is futile and what is good. Never will they quote from Quran or give precedent from the prophetic era. Hajj, for example, they say is like UNO. The question arise was it ever used as such since the day it was instituted? Are we devoid of History? What wonders me and a commoner is that all variants are proving their stance from the Book of Allah. Is this glorious book disposed to different understanding by different people? What then is the excellence of the book? I shiver to think of it. Does one require extraordinary intellect to understand the words of Allah? If so, then may Allah forgive people of ordinary prudence like me. I shall be highly obliged for guidance. Muhammad Latif Chaudhery