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Thirteenth Characteristic

Disunity, separation and discord are among the characteristics of Jahilliyyah. Hinting at this topic, Almighty Allah says, "Be not ye among those who join gods with Allah; those who split up their religion and become mere sects—each party rejoicing in that which is with itself. 30/31-32"

The reason of such discord is that they have thrown away the one pivot around which they all must gather. This pivot is the Unity of Almighty Allah (Tawhid). The Holy Ka'bah has been made the symbol of this Unity. Yet, a community that is far away from Almighty Allah has been rent into countries that have amounted to more than 180. It has also been separated into races and nationalities inside the same country. Moreover, it has been separated into miscellaneous ideological trends to the degree that the individuals of the same society, nationality and religion can be easily divided into Communists, Capitalists... etc. Even inside the same religion, many sects manifest themselves as following certain ideologies and courses. The Holy Qur'an has attracted attentions to the fact that such separation is one of the divine punishments for the turning away from Almighty Allah's course: "Say, 'He hath power to send calamities on you, from above and below, or to cover you with confusion in party strife, giving you a taste of mutual vengeance—each from the other.' See how We explain the signs by various symbols; that they may understand. 6/65"

Islam has thus come to unite the human beings through this glorious Qur'an: "And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah stretches out for you, and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah's favor on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you that ye may be guided. 3/103"

"Should they intend to deceive thee,- verily Allah sufficeth thee: He it is that hath strengthened thee with His aid and with the company of the believers. And moreover He hath put affection between their hearts: not if thou hadst spent all that is in the earth, couldst thou have produced that affection, but. Allah hath done it: for He is Exalted in might, Wise. 8/62-63"



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