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An Islamic Perspective..

We often here the saying “Unity is strength”. What is the literal meaning of this ? and the bigger question is..

how do we achieve unity ?

Our time has never before been presented a bigger challenge than the challenge of maintaining unity. Being able to work together towards big or small decisions or accepting different view points.

In terms of deen, there is no compromise on right or wrong, and opinions don’t hold any basis. In terms of material affairs it is different in nature. At times we are not able to find common ground simply due to ego, fear of stigmatisation, differences in culture, position, popularity, wealth or race. These are the many factors that divides us, and these are the very factors that hinders unity.

Unity is Humility – When we bring ourselves down to earth, with the correct mindset that it is not me or us alone that is the success towards any aspect, the managing of a school, an organisation, the success of a committee or forum, a sense of humility will be born and openness will develop. Leading or taking acknowledgments are not key, rather the outcomes for the greater population is key.

Those who have been decade long members of organisations hold firm to their position of command. Yes, in its own right, senior leadership is required, but too much can be detrimental to growth, and ultimately has a knock-on affect within community. The lack of inclusion of the youth, new ways of thinking or doing things, staggers a community, and puts the entire comm’unity’ out of balance.

Let’s consider where there is correct representation of different age groups in community structures, how it has proven to initiate a positive effect and cycle.

When decisions are made without the broader input from community at large, a negative impact begins and the overall state of the community runs down a spiral.

Is it not strange that the word communi’cation’, is a subset of the word community ?

Greed, lack of openness and ego’s can even result in the loss of opportunities, land and safety. Unfortunately there is very little return after this.

So once we reach a point of no return, what do we do now ? Islam has always given the perfect example. To look ahead on opportunities and not linger on the past mistakes, but rather to learn from them. With the constant declines our country has faced. The never ending crime/unemployment cycle, lack of a stern justice system, the inability to provide or maintain basic services, corruption at its peaks.. the future of the country is in the balance for us and our future generations.

As a community and ummah we need to learn to stand up “together” against the factors that disunite us – to weather the coming storms. We should not be looking down at the next persons background, race , gender, status, age. We need to let go gracefully when the time of office expires, to trust the next generations to do it even better. To trust each others opinions and hold it in higher regard than our own. To give due where it is due, and not to whom we might feel intimidated by.

And above all…We need to put our trust in our Creator, be firm in our Deen and raise our hands asking forgiveness for our short-comings, for assistance and guidance from him, to unite the hearts of our community, our country. We should raise our hands in gratitude for all the goodness we still have in terms of Deen and other aspects within our community and country.

"United we stand, divided we fall.."