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Hold Fast by the Covenant of Allah

In an attempt to ensure that these differences of opinion do not create divisions among Muslims, Imam Khomeini"), the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, declared the week between 9th and 17th Rabi al-Awwal the Week of Unity.

 

The month of Rabi al-Awwal of the Islamic lunar calendar is well known in the entire Muslim world as Shahr al-Mawlid, the month of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad(c). The precise date of his birth is disputed among historians. For most Sunni Muslims, the 12th of Rabi al-Awwal is recognised as the birth anniversary of the Prophet On the other hand as per Shia Muslim sources his auspicious birthday falls on the 17th of Rabi-al-Awwal. In an attempt to ensure that these differences of opinion do not create divisions among Muslims, Imam Khomeini"), the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, declared the week between 9th and 17th Rabi al-Awwal the Week of Unity. Muslims all over the world are urged to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad for the whole week alongside each other. "Sunnis and Shias are two arms of Islam", stated Imam Khomeini"). The novel idea has become a regular fixture in the Islamic calendar. It has played an important role in bringing the various denominations of Islam on a single platform. In view of this and other remarkable factors of unity, it is but natural for Muslims following the different schools of jurisprudence to close ranks in solidarity, especially in view of the divine commandment in the Holy Qur'an: "And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited." (3:103) There is indeed unity in diversity and the idea of Unity Week is a perfect means of coming together. Muslims thus ought to follow the Prophet's perfect path of establishing unity and solidarity, and thereby becoming immune from the onslaughts of sectarianism. Solidarity can neither be superficial by mere expressing of words of sympathy nor can it be imposed. This is possible only by heeding what God Almighty commands in the Holy Qur'an and what was practically demonstrated by the Prophet The late Imam Khomeini's foresight helped bridge the gap of five days between the two dates and the global Islamic community began to realize that it is only unity and solidarity that will enable Muslims to utilize their vast untapped potential. Islamic unity is the need of the hour, especially after the crusading campaign against Muslims unleashed by western governments in the name of combating terrorism. Western allies, aware of the lack of solidarity within Islamic ranks, continue to occupy al-Quds, the first Qibla of Muslims. The plight of 1.5 million besieged Palestinians in Gaza should serve as a call to unity among the over 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. This year the Islamic Unity Week will be marked against the Islamic awakening sweeping across the Mid-dle East No doubt the era of puppet regimes has passed; the Muslim masses in the region have arisen from their slumber to demand the departure of Western powers from their affairs and to renew resistance against the aggression of the Zionist regime. A new Middle East should be shaped, not according to western designs, but one based on Islamic ideals. Unity among Muslims is the best means of countering their common problems. Unity and solidarity present Muslim governments and I nations with the best and most effective way to counter poverty, economic problems and to develop a strong independent Islamic identity. The era of colonialism has had disastrous consequences on Muslim nations. Their vast wealth and natural resources have been plundered through different means. In addition western cultural imperialism has brainwashed the minds of uninformed Muslims by way of distorted media reports and glamorous yet misleading films and TV programmers. This is in stark contrast to the life-style and guidance of the Prophet, an example which charts the path of righteousness by giving a practical demonstration of the revealed word of God for the betterment of human society and which acts as a beacon of light for mankind. Through unity of purpose Muslims can attain progress and reach the pinnacle of success in all fields, including political, technological and economical. Although foreign policy with focus on building inter-Muslim solidarity is welcome, it is essential to pursue cultural and intellectual methods to help bridge the gulf created by the malaise of the past centuries. This is possible through determined cooperation in different fields with sincere efforts to study and accept each other's points of view. Only when the Islamic world realizes its huge potential will we see it once again serving as a guiding light and a servant of humanity.

The editorial team of Islam today magazine would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our readers on the auspicious occasion of the birthday of the beloved Messenger of God, the symbol of human predictions, The Prophet Muhammad .


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