"Muslims' power dependent upon faith, unity", Malaysian scholar
Chairman of the Islamic Party of Malaysia warned that the weakness of Muslims is due to estrangement from their religion, making speech on the first webinar held for the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference held on Tuesday.
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Sheikh Abdul Hadi Awang, senior Malaysian cleric highlighted materialization of a united Islamic Ummah as a universal mission that does not end with demise of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
He said, "The mission of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) continues until the end of time and world, and it knows no limit, borders, ethnicity, chronology and patriotism."
He said," The Ummah of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) has two unique characteristics: First, it is the Ummah to be asked for faith in God and includes all people, both Arabs and non-Arabs, to whom the Prophet was sent, and [the other is] that his mission is for the whole world."
The cleric reiterated that the religion of Islam unites all Islamic denominations in a single Ummah that continues its Islamic mission in the Eastern and Western corners of the world.
He warned of an era of weakness for the entire world of Islam stressing that the reason behind this weakness is disunity and estrangement of Muslims from their religion.
Our power depends on our faith and Islamic unity and the source of Islamic unity among Muslims
Abdul Hadi Awang noted that the source of Islamic unity is referring to the principles that exist among the scholars of the Islamic schools of thought and that the sub-matters of ijtihad and the dispute that does not end due to changes in circumstances, time and place, are the responsibility of scholars.
He stressed the issue of Palestine and liberation of the al-Aqsa Mosque as topics which lead to a unified stance by the entire Islamic Ummah and said," But a group of members who refrain from confrontation and resistance and move towards normalization of relations with the Zionist regime are a bad seed among the Ummah."
Chairman of the Islamic Party of Malaysia expressed his views in his speech on the first day of the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference.
Over 500 Muslim scholars, intellectuals and religious figures are attending the 35th edition of Islamic Unity Conference which is held virtually due to COVID-19 circumstances. World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought has decided to hold the 35th event on the theme of "Islamic Unity, Peace and Avoidance of Division and Conflict in the World of Islam."