How can nationalism can lead to Idolatry?

Nationalism (Asabiyyah) -Idols are not just stones!

Islam binds people together on the Aqeedah, that is belief in Allah and His Messenger (SAW) whereas nationalism divides people based on spatial grounds. Islam forbids people from grouping on nationalistic ties.

It is narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said,

“One who calls for Asabiyyah, (nationalism) or who fights for Asabiyyah or who dies for `Asabiyyah is not of us [Abu Da’wud]. ”

In another Hadith, the Messenger of Allah (SAW) referring to nationalism, racism, and patriotism said:

“Leave it, it is rotten [Bukhari and Muslim].”

On one occasion a party of Jews conspired to bring about disunity in the ranks of the Muslims after seeing the ‘Aus’ and ‘Khazraj’ within Islam. A youth from amongst them was sent to incite remembrance of the battle of Bu’ath where the Aus had been victorious over the Khazraj, and he recited poetry to bring about division between them. As a result there was a call to arms. When the news reached the Messenger of Allah (SAW), he (SAW) said,

“O Muslims! Remember Allah!, Remember Allah! Will you act as pagans while I am present with you after Allah has guided you to Islam?”

In another incident, Jabir ibn Abd Allah al-Ansari (RA) narrated,
“We were on a raid when one of the Muhajirun kicked one of the Ansar. The Ansar said, `O Ansar! Help me! (calling his tribe) and the Muhajir said, `O Muhajirun! Help me! (calling his tribe).” The Messenger of Allah (SAW) heard them and said,

“Why are you stirring up something which belongs to Jahilliyah?”

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) did not deal with the situation only by speaking to his men, but he walked with the men all that day until nightfall, and through the night until morning and during the following day until the sun distressed them. Then he halted them, and as soon as they touched the ground, they fell asleep. He did this to distract their minds from what had transpired.

It is transmitted by at-Tabarani and al-Hakim that in one incident some people spoke very lowly about Salman al-Farsi (RA). They spoke of the inferiority of the Persian in relation to the Arabs, and upon hearing this, the Messenger of Allah (SAW) declared,

“Salman (RA) is from us, the Ahl al-Bayt (the Prophet’s family).”

This statement of the Messenger of Allah (SAW) disassociates all links based on nationalistic considerations.

Islam therefore leaves no room for the Saudi state, Egyptian state, Malaysian state, Iranian state, or a Pakistani state. Islam calls for one state where all Muslims are bound by the Aqeedah of Islam.

Those who still uphold nationalism should remember what Allah says,

“So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires, but beware of them lest they seduce thee from some part of that which Allah hath revealed unto thee [Mā’idah, 49].”

“The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah, that ye may receive Mercy [Ĥujurāt, 10].”

“And let those who oppose the Messenger’s (Muhammad SAW) commandment (i.e. his Sunnah legal ways, orders, acts of worship, statements, etc.) (among the sects) beware, lest some Fitnah (disbelief, trials, afflictions, earthquakes, killing, overpowered by a tyrant, etc.) befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them [Nūr, 63].”

And Allah Knows Best!

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