Love for the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.): a point of unity and a way forward
My dear ones, it is easier for Muslims of the world to unite in the name of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.). This is the characteristic of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.). I have pointed out on various occasions that the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) is the focal point of Muslim affections and that Muslims love their Prophet (s.w.a.). Dear God, You can testify that our hearts are full of love for the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.). It is necessary to make use of this love. This love for the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) can resolve Muslims’ problems. Today Muslims are in need of brotherhood. Today the slogan of “the believers are but brethren, therefore make peace between your brethren”(1)is more serious than ever before. Today the weakness and humiliation that Muslims in different countries are suffering from is due to this discord and lack of unity. If Muslims had united, this would not have happened to Palestine, those events would not have happened in Bosnia, those things would not have happened in Kashmir, those events would not have happened in Tajikistan. All of these things happen because we are suffering from discord.
The Islamic Republic called Muslims to unity and all the arrogant powers attacked it. Of course, the Islamic Republic fought them all. Why did the arrogant powers attack the Islamic Republic? Because the Islamic Republic had called Muslims to unity and the arrogant powers are opposed to unity. Muslim unity is not in the interest of the arrogant powers. For this reason, they try to destroy Muslim unity. I would say that Shia and Sunni scholars should be vigilant wherever they are, particularly religious scholars who live in our dear country. A heavy price has been paid for this unity in our country. A heavy price has been paid to establish the call for unity in the world. Do not carelessly destroy this unity. Whoever does so is a traitor – no matter who he is, no matter whether he is Shia or Sunni.
The spiritual importance of the day of Mab’ath is far more than can be explained by people like myself. However, there are certain points that can be discussed regarding the effect of be’that on the lives of people in different historical eras.
Be’that took place to fill a vacuum and humanity truly needed it. Allah the Exalted in His wisdom determined that this great event should happen in a place where the true meaning of be’that would gain prominence and go down in history without being contaminated with the established concepts of those times. The point we should pay attention to is that the last be’that might have taken place in the Roman Empire, in Greece of those days or in other advanced countries.
At the time of be’that, there were great civilizations in the world. There were nations that had knowledge of philosophy and other areas and enjoyed civil awareness. The last be’that could have happened in those countries or regions. But Allah the Exalted determined that this be’that – which was supposed to benefit humanity, for God knows how many millennia – should not happen in those places. He determined that this be’that should not happen in a place where other factors would interfere at the time of the inception of this idea and this invitation. At that time, there were great civilizations in the western part of the world. The way they treated the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) shows that they were civilized people. One example is the people of the city of Antioch and in Sura al-Yasin Allah the Exalted simultaneously recounts the story of three prophets who were sent there and how the people of that city showed ingratitude. This is not an insignificant point. History books contain certain things about those nations. Allah the Exalted determined that the Holy Prophet should not be sent to that place.
The areas of knowledge that had developed elsewhere did not exist in the Arabian Peninsula. There was only polytheism and primitive areas of knowledge that were contaminated with polytheism. You see that the Holy Quran is seriously opposed to polytheism. Sura Ikhlas has highlighted “He begets not, nor is He begotten” very much. In this four-ayah sura, “He begets not, nor is He begotten” has been placed at the heart of the sura.
Also “and none is like Him” (2) has been stressed and highlighted. The purpose is to erase polytheism from minds and to prevent the message of God from being mixed up with polytheism. Anything that is contaminated with polytheism is rejected in Islam. Apart from this, Islam was introduced to humanity in a pure form and it spread to different parts of the world in a pure form. Wherever Islam spread, it revealed its sharpness and salience in its confrontation with different civilizations and cultures until those who were promoting Islam and their call to Islam gradually lost their original purity. However, this be’that will remain permanent for humanity and this is the characteristic of be’that of the Seal of Prophets (s.w.a.). That is to say, whenever the world and human life becomes devoid of spirituality, the teachings that the Holy Quran promotes can step in and fill the vacuum. The quality of Islamic teachings is such that the force which exists in the Islamic system of laws and teachings can fill spiritual vacuums in all conditions and provide humanity with an opportunity to live in a spiritual environment.
1. Sura al-Hujraat, Ayah 10
2. Sura Ikhlas, Ayahs 3-4
Reference:Lessons from the Holy Prophet of Islam (s.w.a.) A selection of statements by Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei on the personality and be’that of the Holy Prophet of Islam (s.w.a.)