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Political and Sectarian divides among Muslims and how to remedy this malady?
We are working on political and sectarian divides among Muslims and their historicity we will intermittently write on Facebook parts of our research on the Subject and the efforts made by reformers to create cohesive existence among the Ummah. We will welcome positive criticism on our views and expect the knowledgeable to guide us in our exercise.
The historians with objectivity have described this pathetic situation as summed up by Syed Ameer Ali in his marvelous work, The Spirit of Islam. This work for more than a century has been acknowledged as authentic thesis. He says “The Church of Muhammad like the Church of Christ has been rent by internecine divisions and strifes. Difference of opinion on abstract subjects, about which there cannot be any certitude in a finite existence, has always given rise to greater bitterness and a fiercer hostility than ordinary differences on matters within the range of Human cognition. The disputes respecting the nature of Christ deluged the earth with the blood of millions; the question of Freewill in man caused if not the same amount of bloodshed, equal trouble in Islam. The claim to infallibility on the part of the Pontiffs of Rome convulsed Christendom to its core; the infallibility of the people and of the Fathers became in Islam the instrument for the destruction of precious lives.”
The figure of millions of lives quoted by the author has been increased by many millions more, let alone the pre Iran-Iraq crisis since last quarter of the twentieth century. In these forty years more than a million lost their lives at the hands of co-believers. In Iran-Iraq war and aggression of Saddam on Kuwait followed by Afghan crisis and sectarian killings in Pakistan, Syria and elsewhere.
Is there any solution to this centuries old gory problem and if there is a solution how to implement it. What are the factors which prompt killings of Muslims by Muslims and which are the factors hindering reformative efforts. A dispassionate and god fearing analysis alone can give answer to the root cause of the divides and divisions. The people who benefit from this problem and they and their collaborators create all possible obstacles for reforming the situation or at least finding out ways and means for bringing about cohesive existence among Muslims amidst their differences of sects and denominations.
When one reads Jewish Bible one is shocked to know the differences between Jews and Christians about the status of the Holy Christ and the pious Marry but for more than a century the Christians and Jews abreast with their creeds have adopted a cohesive existence and have been ruling the world as one formations though not one Nation.