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Islamic Unity: The Need of the Hour

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TEHRAN, Feb 21 (ICANA) – Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani cabled messages on Sunday to felicitate his counterparts in Islamic states on birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
Monday, February 21, 2011 4:10:02 PM
Islamic Unity: The Need of the Hour

Founder of the Islamic Revolution late Imam Khomeini designated the occasion as Unity Week for world Muslims, he said.

In the message, Larijani prayed for bliss and prosperity of Islamic Ummah.

The Islamic Unity Week is marked between 12-17th Rabiul Awwal on the occasion of the Birth Anniversary of Prophet Mohammad.

This period in which Muslims ponder on the fundamental call of unity according to the Holy Quran was initiated by the founder of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini (SA), following the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979.

Since its inception, the Islamic Unity Week has been marked annually, not only in Iran, but also throughout the world, and has played an important role in bringing the various Islamic Schools of Thought on a single platform, since Allah is One, and Muslims believe in the single Qur’an and bow towards the same focal point, that is the Holy Ka’ba, five times a day during daily prayers.

Other commonalities among Muslims including fasting during the same month of Ramadhan and performance of the annual Hajj pilgrimage on the same dates of the month of Zil-Hijja.

In view of these 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 to “And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited.” (Holy Qur'an 3:103)

The late Imam Khomeini’s foresight helped bridge the gap of five days between the two dates believed to be the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. According to Sunni Islamic narrations, the 12th of Rabi al-Awwal is recognized as the birth date of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

On the other hand Islamic sources relied upon by Shia Muslims and based on the narrations from the Ahlul Bayt (the Prophet's pure progeny); the auspicious birthday of the Holy Prophet was on 17th of Rabi-al-Awwal.

In order to bridge this difference and use it as an opportunity to unite the ranks of Muslims, the founder of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Imam Khomeini (SA) designated the period of Milad-un-Nabi celebrations from 12th to the 17th of Rabi al-Awwal as the Islamic Unity Week. This dynamic concept aims to bring all Muslim schools of thought on the common platform of Islamic unity.

There is indeed unity in diversity and the idea of Islamic Unity Week has awakened Muslims from centuries of slumber largely because of the discord sowing policies of the enemies of Islam especially the Western colonialists and their local ignorant agents.

The Ummah has also begun to realize that it is only unity and solidarity that will enable Muslims to utilize their vast untapped potential and rescue them from the never ending devious plots of their enemies who range from imperialists, Zionists, arrogant powers and Islamphobes.

Islamic unity is the need of the hour, especially after the crusading campaign against Muslims unleashed by western governments, led by the great Satan, the US, in the name of combating terrorism following the highly suspicious incidents that rocked New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.

The US has since occupied two Muslim countries, Afghanistan and Iraq, and is threatening other Islamic lands. The issues of Palestine continue to linger on as Zionists and their Western allies, aware of lack of solidarity within Islamic ranks, continue to occupy the Holy Quds, the first Qibla of Muslims. The plight of 1.5 million besieged Palestinians in Gaza is should serve as a call to unity among the over 1.5 Billion Muslims in the world.

This year the Islamic Unity Week is being marked amid a backdrop of a new Islamic wind of change sweeping across the Middle East. The Muslim masses in the region have awakened and so far toppled the Mubarak regime in Egypt. Muslim masses have also deposed the Tunisian dictator Ben Ali who was an obedient servant of Western countries.

All nations in the region have common demands which include non-interference of arrogant powers (in their internal affairs), fight against aggression of the Zionist regime and cutting dependence on the US, Zionist regime and their allies. A new Middle East is taking shape, not the Mideast the West had planned for but one which has been created based on Islamic awakening.

The movement and uprising that has been created in the region will definitely disturb the equations in the world today. No doubt the era of puppet regimes has passed and revolutions in the Middle East are against the US-supported dictators in the region.

As the leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said 'the West is concerned that the Islamic Revolution is served as a model for the region and the entire world'.

“Enemies are making efforts to prevent the Islamic Iran from serving as a model for Muslim nations in the region because public movements will be difficult without a model,” said Ayatollah Khamenei.

The Leader added that the main reason behind the West pressure on the Islamic Republic is that Iran is promoting a model in the region and the globe.

“After the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, enemies have been making efforts to weaken the Islamic establishment through imposing various sanctions and the eight-year (Iraqi) imposed war, raising human rights issues and assassinating nuclear scientists,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

He pointed to latest developments in Egypt and other regional countries and added, “The Islamic awareness has begun in the Muslim world. This was emanated from the Islamic Revolution.”

The Leader noted that the upward move of the Islamic awareness in the Muslim world is the "sweet outcome" of the resistance of the Iranian nation over the past 32 years.

Ayatollah Khamenei stated that very important incidents that took place in Egypt stemmed from the Islamic awareness and humiliation of the civilized Egyptians for many years. He said the Egyptian government inflicted humiliation on the people due to its dependence on the US and the Zionist regime until the Egyptian nation and youth finally rose up.

The United States and the Zionist regime (Israel) are creating obstacles in the way of movements by the Egyptian and Tunisian nations through different means, but Muslim states in the region, through a show of unity, should help people of these two countries.

Unity among Muslims is the best method to counter the enemies. Unity and solidarity present Muslim governments and nations with the best and most effective way to counter the plans, plots, and conspiracies of the enemies of Islam.

Arrogant powers led by the U.S. regime have always tried to fight the unity among Muslim countries by committing conspiracies through their mercenaries.

 

The Islamic Republic of Iran is the true pioneer of unity across the world. The International Conference of Islamic Unity and other regional and global seminars organized by Iran are “golden” examples of Tehran's efforts to promote proximity between Muslim states.

In view of the threats posed by enemies, it is essential for the Islamic world to close ranks and coordinate efforts to counter the Zionist and U.S led aggressions.

This year, 1432 AH concurrent with 2011 CE, Iran hosted the 24th Islamic Unity Conference where recent developments in the region were top on the agenda.

The conference also reviewed and analyzed previous conferences with a view of coming up with practical solutions for attaining Islamic Unity. Over 250 scholars from 57 countries as well as 500 Shia and Sunni scholars from various Iranian cities attended this year's conference.

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