When can we unite?

Allaah (سبحانه وتعالى) said:

“And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Quran), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah’s Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islamic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided.” [Surat Aal-Imraan: 103]

This is an order to stick to the Jama’ah and not become divided. But it is very important to note that the Jama’ah does not necessarily mean the majority, rather it is those who are upon the truth even if that is just one person. Remaining united is something that is liked by Allaah as the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Verily, Allah likes three things for you and disapproves three things for you. He likes that you should worship Him Alone, not to associate anything with Him (in worship) and to hold fast to the Rope of Allah and not to be divided among yourselves; and He disapproves for you irrelevant talk, persistent questioning and the squandering of the wealth.” [Sahih Muslim]

We must understand however that the Ummah will divide into sects as Allaah revealed to His Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم):

“The Jews were split up into seventy-one or seventy-two sects; and the Christians were split up into seventy one or seventy-two sects; and my community will be split up into seventy-three sects.” [Sunan Abi Dawud- Sheikh Al-Albani declared it Hasan Sahih]

But the order for unity still remains, so the ignorant among the people may say that we should ignore the names of sects and ignore their faults in Aqeedah and unite as we have been ordered to. They say that it doesn’t matter if you are a grave worshipping Sufi, a Mu’tazili, or a Shi’i, all that matters is that we are Muslim!

This is no doubt contradictory to the evidences as well as sound intellect. How can the truth be compromised with falsehood when Allaah said:

“Such is Allah, your Lord in truth. So after the truth, what else can there be, save error? How then are you turned away?” [Surat Yunus: 32]

There is only one truth, one correct way and that is what the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and his companions were upon. It is about them that Allaah said:

“And the first to embrace Islam of the Muhajirun (those who migrated from Makkah to Al-Madinah) and the Ansar (the citizens of Al-Madinah who helped and gave aid to the Muhajirun) and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allah is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success.” [Surat At-Tawbah: 100]
The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:
“Do not revile my Companions, for by The One in Whose Hand is my soul! If any one of you were to spend the equivalent of Mount Uhud in gold, it would not equal a Mudd (the equivalent of 750ml) spent by anyone of them, nor even half a Mudd.” [Sunan Ibn Majah: Sahih]
It was this first generation who were the best among mankind, as the Ummah of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) are the best from the previous Umam (see ayah 110 of Surat Aal-Imran and its tafseer), and the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:
“The best people are those of my generation, and then those who will come after them (the next generation), and then those who will come after them (i.e. the next generation). Then after them, there will come people whose witness will precede their oaths, and whose oaths will precede their witness.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]
We will never surpass them in their excellence, so the sound mind dictates that we follow them. They are the Salaf (the righteous predecessors) and their understanding of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah should be our understanding. If we follow them, we will never, by the permission of Allaah, go astray and fall in to innovations. The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:
“I am leaving you upon a (path of) brightness whose night is like its day. No one will deviate from it after I am gone but one who is doomed. Whoever among you lives will see great conflict. I urge you to adhere to what you know of my Sunnah and the path of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs, and cling stubbornly to it. And you must obey, even if (your leader is) an Abyssinian leader. For the true believer is like a camel with a ring in its nose; wherever it is driven, it complies.” [Ibn Majah, Sahih by Sheikh Al-Albani]
The evidences are clear, so no one can come and say that we should unite with the innovators in the interest of brotherhood and unity. We say that we will unite only upon the truth. If the truth is made known and people choose not to follow it, we are free from them and we will not unite with them. The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“A group of people from my Ummah will always remain triumphant on the right path and continue to be triumphant (against their opponents). He who deserts them shall not be able to do them any harm…” [Sahih Muslim]

 So when can we unite? When we all return to this understanding, the understanding of the Salaf, unity will come. Truth and falsehood cannot combine and we say as Allaah said in His Glorious Qur’aan:

“And say, ‘Truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart.'” [Surat Al-Isra: 81]
May Allaah forgive us, and accept our deeds. May He unite the hearts of the Muslimeen upon Haqq, indeed He is Capable of all things, and may His salaah and His salaam be upon the Final Messenger, his companions and all those that follow them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement.

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