A Century of Divide

Updated: Jul 11

100 years ago in the month of Rajab, The Ummah lost its greatest voice. A voice that

extended even into Europe and that voice was The Islamic Caliphate. The Caliphate under the Ottomans was when the Ummah experienced a golden age, advancing achievements in science, math, philosophy, astronomy, literature and much more. The Ottoman Empire was the longest reigning Islamic Caliphate and one of the longest lasting ruling dynasties in history. Much of the reason why the Mongol’s did not reach west Asia in their conquest was because the Muslims were a force of nature that they could not defeat. The Europeans feared its capabilities so they plotted a colonial plan to ultimately destroy it. At first they infiltrated the Muslim world introducing ideas to change the mindset of Muslims and to destabilize the society with ideas like nationalism and the latest secularism, meaning the detachment of our Deen from our life’s affairs. Then there was a political invasion, setting up agents within the Caliphate to undermine and destroy it from within.

Sultan Abdul Hamid II, out of many memorable moments, is remembered for his response to the accursed founding father of Zionism, Theodore Herzl. It was 19 June, 1896. Herzl had just offered an offer to the Sultan, via his messenger Philip Michael Nevlenski in exchange for his consent to establish the new Jewish state in Palestine. The offer was going to be renewed several times via various messengers between the years of 1896 and 1902. Nevlenski reported to Herzl the next day that the Sultan would not hear of the plan. Sultan Abdul Hamid's response was one which Muslim leaders can learn much from because this was not a time that the Ottomans were in a state of power but rather a state of great weakness and yet his response was full of dignity and honor when he said “If Mr. Herzl is as much your friend as you are mine, then advise him not to take another step in this matter. I cannot sell even a foot of land, for it does not belong to me, but to my people. My people have won this empire by fighting for it with their blood and have fertilized it with their blood. We will again cover it with our blood before we allow it to be wrested away from us. The men of two of my regiments from Syria and Palestine let themselves be killed one by one at Plevna. Not one of them yielded; they all gave their lives on that battlefield. The Turkish Empire belongs not to me, but to the Turkish people. I cannot give away any part of it. Let the Jews save their billions. When my Empire is partitioned, they may get Palestine for nothing. But only our corpse will be divided. I will not agree to vivisection (Herzl, 1960, p. 378 June 19, 1896, The complete diaries of Theodor Herzl. New York: Herzl Press and T. Yoseloff).”

How we miss and are in need of such a leader. May Allah's mercy be on the Sultan and may He grant him Jannah, Ameen.

On the 28th of Rajab 1342 hijri, corresponding to the 3rd of March 1924 is the day the West succeeded and the Caliphate was finally abolished. The Muslim Ummah lost its identity and we also lost a shield which left the Muslims totally vulnerable to the West and it’s plans to colonize us. It allowed division of the once united nation into individual identities like Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the list goes on. Then the theater of war opened its curtains on the Muslim World under the guise of a war on terror. It was the colonial plan that brought in turmoil and terror to lands that were formerly stable and peaceful and to this day the conflicts are ongoing due to Western interference and influence. The Ummah without its Caliphate is like a bird with no nest. Lost and prone to danger.

A century has passed and the Muslim world has faced countless genocides, millions killed and displaced, and it doesn’t seem near an end. We showed the power we have when we united to boycott French products and hurting its economy, we have the potential to do so much more. When one of us bleeds, we all bleed. When a Yemeni mother is starving, we are starving. When a Syrian child is killed by an American drone, it was our child that was killed. Nu'man b. Bashir reported Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: "The believers as regards to their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body, so that, if any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness (insomnia) and fever with it." (Sahih Bukhari 6011) The Prophet himself told us the Ummah is one body and when one of us is hurt, we all feel the pain. The time is now to stand up to the western bullies of the world from continuing their oppression of the Ummah. Now is the time to put aside our superficial nationalistic identities and unite under the one identity that truly matters, that is that we are one Ummah. We are Muslims.

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